When it comes to keeping the whole house comfortable at a reasonable cost, installing an HVAC zoning system could be the solution.
WHAT IS A ZONED HVAC SYSTEM?
Many homes use a traditional central air and heating system. This system pushes cool and warm air throughout the entire house. In other words, the entire home is considered a single zone, and the heating and cooling system keeps the entirety of the home at a single temperature, all controlled through a single thermostat. While this system is more affordable to install, it can be costlier to keep the entire house at the same temperature all the time, especially if the home is older and/or has poor insulation.
An alternative to this system is a zoned HVAC system. Unlike a central air/heating system, a zoned system splits the entire house into different zones, each controlled by its own thermostat and zone dampers. In this system, different areas of your home can be kept at different temperatures. This method is great for saving energy as it allows you to only use energy on the areas/zones that you want, when you want, rather than waste money on sending airflow through the entire property at once.
While the long-term energy savings with a zoned system are greater than a traditional central air system, the upfront installation costs are typically greater with a zoned system. If you currently have a duct system in place, however, you may be able to save some money on installation by making use of an existing HVAC system to help provide air conditioning or heating to different areas of your home, all of which you can control with a simple control panel.
TOP 3 BENEFITS OF HVAC ZONING SYSTEMS
1. Lower energy bills – Zoned systems boast greater energy efficiency than central AC systems, which can result in lower utility bills over time. They’re particularly great for homes with large windows and high ceilings—both of which can influence the living space’s temperature—as you can decide which rooms get less energy.
2. Better air quality – Less airflow circulating throughout the entire home means less pollen and other irritants circulating throughout the home 24/7, which could improve the quality of your indoor air.
3. Better temperature control – Always stay in control of your living space by having each room be exactly as warm or as cool as you want.