In a sense, HVAC zoning has been around since people first began heating and cooling their homes. In winter, you only turned on the radiator in the rooms you were using. In summer, you only turned on AC window units in rooms where people were sleeping. Modern HVAC zoning not only gives you the benefit of lower monthly bills, but it can also provide you with increased health and comfort.
While it may seem complex, a multi-zone system makes it easy to regulate your energy use and save you money. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that HVAC system zoning can save homeowners up to 30 percent on their typical heating and cooling bill. A zoned system also allows you to regulate energy use in less frequently used areas in your home by setting them to a warmer temperature in the summer and a cooler temperature in the winter. That means your system works more efficiently to lower your energy bill.
With an HVAC zoning system, you have more control over temperature regulation which helps eliminate hot and cold areas throughout your home. With separate zoning for designated areas of your home, you can control the temperature directly with thermostats for those zones. The heat-loving children can have their thermostat set at a warm 75 degrees in their rooms, while you and your spouse can set the temperature to a cooler 68 degrees in the living area. Many systems come with the ability to control the thermostat through remote control or via your phone — making it even easier to keep everyone comfortable.
The zoned system separates the house into independent sections and circulates the air within those zones. With these divisions, dust, pet dander, and pollen are kept localized within singular zones and not spread throughout the house. Allergies and asthma can be better managed by this system.
If you are building a home, it’s better to opt for two (or more) small systems rather than one large one, especially in a multi-story building. The best way to zone an existing house is with multiple systems, but the equipment will require additional space. Adding a zone or two is a smart choice on some occasions, but not always; and you should only add zones if you’re still uncomfortable after sealing air leaks and increasing insulation. You might solve your comfort problem without modifying ductwork or HVAC equipment!
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