You may have spots in your home that are too cold even after running the heater for hours. You may also have remarkably warm areas heated by sunlight during the day. If you have either of these issues, a standard system may not be the best for your heating and cooling needs. Luckily, you can resolve most of these issues by switching to HVAC zoning.
What is a Zoned HVAC System?
Zoning is a modification made to your HVAC system, creating independently controlled areas. In a zoned system, each area of your home or office has its own zone with a separate thermostat for each. Installation follows the same process as the typical system, with only a few electrical changes and the addition of dampers. An existing unit can be zoned out any way you like.
All homes and businesses can benefit from setting up a zoned system. Here are some of the advantages arising from HVAC zoning.
Improved Energy Efficiency
In a standard HVAC, temperature control happens in the same way throughout the whole house. In a zoned system, your HVAC can avoid the unnecessary work of heating a room that you don’t use frequently. The system will save some of the energy it would have spent heating the entire house. As the heating and cooling become more efficient, your energy bill will drop by a significant margin.
Aside from the money aspect, the savings come as a good thing for ecological conservation. The level of harm caused to the environment will decrease with every drop in your energy footprint.
If you are sharing a house, you may probably know how hard it is to agree on the right thermostat setting. For example, you may want to warm up thing a bit while your partner prefers to keep it cool. With HVAC zoning, you can create a “sweet spot” with your preferred temperature. Ideally, you should zone out each of the rooms so that you can have more control.
At the office, personalized comfort will increase your concentration, making you more productive. At home, you can enjoy a more comfortable and healthy rest.
Improved Temperature Control in Hard-to-reach Areas
In a typical system, certain areas can be hard to control because of the building’s structure. For example, some spots will be warmer because of overexposure to the sun while others will be cooler. It is a common problem in buildings with multiple floors or levels.
Zoning will offer more control over the entire house, as you direct the heating and cooling to where it is needed.
Better Handling of Indoor Air Quality
The HVAC system can spread airborne mold and harmful bacteria to other areas of the house. Since a zoned system will split the building into separate sections, you can minimize the spread of airborne particles. Zoning is ideal when you have special conditions like asthma and allergies, or even when there is a baby around.