Do I need a zoned home?03/29/2016Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by their own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more comfortable than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that can play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one answer you need. Zoning will not only keep you more cozy, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it can also help you save on your heating and cooling costs. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow throughout your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to ensure you can personalize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are connected to a control panel that controls your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to envision the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled each light in your home with the flick of an individual switch. That would be incredibly inefficient and impractical. The same is true for having one thermostat controlling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are usually mapped out by identifying the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can suffer from hot and cold spots. Some standard architectural features that lead to this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all learned in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are going to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have an individual thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be tailored to your family’s personal comfort desires. A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, but it will keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re installing a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our professionals are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about zoned homes or anything related to your family’s comfort, our professionals are just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 704-485-5506.