Have you found yourself in the middle of an argument over who really controls the thermostat? Fighting over what temperature the whole house should be is something many families face. Luckily, there is a solution to making everyone happy when it comes to different preferences. The solution is zoned heating and cooling!
What Is Zoned Heating and Cooling?
Just as the name states, zoned heating and cooling utilizes different “zones” you create for your home. A zone could be a room, a group of rooms, or even an area in the house. Zones are each different and have a thermostat that controls that specific zone. The thermostats link up to a main control panel located in your house.
Use of Dampers
So how can these zones have different temperatures? It may seem like magic, but it’s a really simple process. Zoned cooling is achieved by a system of electronically controlled dampers. These dampers open and close depending on the desired temperature. If you want a cooler temperature, the damper opens and more cooled air enters that zone. Once the desired temperature is achieved, the damper closes. This process is the exact same for heating. Hot air enters the zone when the desired temperature is set higher and closes once the air is the ideal temperature.
Zoned Heating and Cooling with Ductless System
Zoned heating and cooling doesn’t require ductwork! Having a ductless mini-split system makes it easy to create zones. A wall unit is easily installed and connected to the outside unit. It creates a zone for you to control with a thermostat. Each indoor wall unit acts as an independent evaporator dedicated to heating and cooling that specific zone, meaning it doesn’t require dampers to control the temperature.
Benefits of Zoned Heating and Cooling
Zoned heating and cooling is a great option for homeowners who can’t seem to agree on a temperature. Not only does it help solve one family argument, zoned heating and cooling saves you money and reduces energy waste!
Even Temperature Distribution
If your home has hot or cold spots, zoned heating and cooling can be the solution. By having zones in your home, the air can be evenly distributed because it’s more controlled. Without zones, your thermostat may display one thing and you may feel another in a room like the kitchen or sunroom where it’s hard to cool down!
If your home has multiple stories, zoned heating and cooling can be a great way to make sure every part of your home is comfortable. Hot air rises and in many homes with multiple stories, the upstairs portion of your home is neglected in the middle of a Florida summer. Your HVAC system doesn’t have to the work overtime to try to offset the effects with zones. It can focus on the problem areas and correct uneven distribution of air.
Accommodate Different Comfort Levels
The biggest reason homeowners make the switch to zoned heating and cooling is because it allows the flexibility to have different temperatures. Someone may like their room a little colder and instead of arguing over the thermostat, you can simply adjust the temperature of that zone. This makes sure every family member is comfortable in your home!
Zoned heating and cooling is also an energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. You can create zones for areas or rooms that you don’t use much. That extra bedroom where you keep all your holiday decorations may not need to be heated or cooled like the rest of your home. With zones, you can choose not to waste your air conditioning on areas that you aren’t using which reduces energy waste.
Zoned heating and cooling is more efficient than a traditional HVAC system. According to the Department of Energy, zoned heating and cooling can save you up to 30% in energy savings. Dampers help reduce the need for more air when the room is already the desired temperature!
Because zoned heating and cooling is more efficient, it saves you money in the long run. Not only do you reduce your energy bills, you also reduce stress on your AC unit. By effectively heating and cooling rooms with the damper system, your AC unit won’t have work overtime. The less stress you put on your unit, the longer it lasts and the need for repairs decreases!
Zoned heating and cooling is no stranger to the technology movement. It allows you to experience modern conveniences that your typical HVAC system may not feature. Sensors are installed in your ductwork to operate the dampers. Remote controllers adjust the temperature, saving you a trip to the thermostat. You can even pair a smart thermostat with zoned heating and cooling to make it even easier to make your home comfortable!
When to Use It
Zoned heating and cooling is an investment, but one that comes with many benefits! If you have existing ductwork, dampers can be customized to fit your home’s current ductwork. Zoned heating and cooling is especially beneficial in homes that have:
- High cathedral ceilings
- Above garage rooms or apartments
- Rooms with large windows
- Hard to control basements or attics
- Multiple stories
Zoned Heating and Cooling with Crystal Air & Water Inc.
If you are interested in upgrading your current HVAC system to a zoned system, contact Gainesville’s choice HVAC company, Crystal Air & Water! We pride ourselves in solving any HVAC problem and making sure you and your family are comfortable. One of our trained technicians is happy to inspect your home to determine if zoned heating and cooling is right for you!