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 set by its own thermostat. Are some areas in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a lot of factors that may play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one fix you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfortable, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it could also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been determined, zoned heating and cooling operates by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow through your entire home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to better personalize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are connected to a control panel that runs your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to note the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled every light in your home with one switch. That would be highly 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 typically 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 suffer from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that result in 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 likely 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 customized to your family’s personal comfort desires. A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, but it is able to keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re buying 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 team is just a phone call away. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 530-885-8081.