It’s difficult to keep all the spaces in a home evenly comfortable with just one thermostat since each area experiences different levels of heat gain or loss due to a number of variables. If you’ve experienced this, a zoning system might be the answer to those high energy costs and uneven temperatures throughout your home.
Zoning a home involves dividing it into sections that have similar thermal characteristics and installing a motorized damper in the ductwork. The dampers open and close based on each area’s need for conditioned air. Each zone has its own thermostat that sends a signal to a central control panel that opens the damper and sends cooled or heated air to just that location.
Zoning systems work well in homes that have two or more levels, raised ceilings, large expanses of windows and rooms that are seldom used.
Benefits of a Zoning System
In addition to customized temperature control, zoned systems offer these tangible benefits:
- Longer HVAC system life: Since you’re not conditioning the entire home when just a couple areas need it, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard, reducing wear and tear. Zoning is also a better way to close off an area you seldom use, since closing registers without zoning dampers can damage the HVAC system.
- Lower energy bills: It takes less energy to condition just one area of your home that needs it rather than the entire structure. If you use a programmable thermostat, your savings could be higher since you can set back the system when you’re not using that area.
- Better comfort: Homes with south or west exposure and those with a second level will have more comfortable areas with a zoning system, since these areas gain more heat year-round.
To learn more about benefiting from a zoning system, contact the pros at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We’ve served North County homeowners for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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