Do I need a zoned home?03/29/2016Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system splits your home into two (or more) zones which are set by its own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that could play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one fix you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been decided, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow all around your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to better modify and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are tied in to a control panel that operates 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 a single switch. That would be very inefficient and impractical. The same is true for having one thermostat taking care of 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 determining the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are appropriately insulated and constructed well can be uncomfortable from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all discovered 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 a specific thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be tailored to your family’s personal comfort needs. A zoned home will not only save you money, but it is able to 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 experts are just a phone call away. We make it easy to arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 503-848-3838.