In the average household, heating and cooling accounts for approximately 40 percent of total annual energy consumption. If you currently have a single-zone HVAC system with one thermostat to control your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, installing a zoning system can help you save energy and lower your annual operating costs.
How Zoned Systems Work
Zoned systems use motorized ductwork dampers to divide a home into multiple independent sections or zones. Each zone has a thermostat that’s wired to a central control panel. When one of the thermostats calls for heating or cooling, the control panel opens the damper for that zone and signals the HVAC equipment to cycle on.
Zoning is the ideal solution to control HVAC energy consumption in large or multi-story homes. It’s also well-suited for homes with features that make efficient heating and cooling more difficult, like numerous large windows, a loft, cathedral ceilings, a sunroom, or finished space over the garage or in the attic.
Benefits of a Zoning System
A well-designed and properly installed zoning system offers some significant benefits:
The majority of homes in America use more heating and cooling than is actually needed because they’re controlled by a single thermostat. Are you really occupying every single room in your house at all times? During the day, you might not spend time in your bedroom, while at night, your living room and kitchen probably see less use. HVAC zoning lets you cut down on energy use by heating and cooling areas of your home separately.
What Are Zoning Systems?
Zoning systems use motorized dampers inside ductwork to direct the flow of air through the system. Rather than closing off the vents in the rooms themselves, which allows non-conditioned air to circulate back into your system through return vents, increasing the workload of your central system, these dampers lower or cease airflow to areas of your home that don’t need it. Depending on your home’s design, they may also create bypass airflows to maintain the correct air pressure throughout your system.
Where Is Zoning Especially Helpful?
The larger a home is, the more valuable a home zoning system can be. In addition, some architectural features make HVAC zoning especially useful, such as:
Fayette’s intense summers don’t make it easy to stay cool, and certain home designs further complicate the problem. Zoned HVAC systems can help by ensuring even, comfortable temperatures in every room.
Zoning for Comfort and Savings
A zoned heating and cooling system creates “zones” or parts of the house that can be cooled and heated independently from each other. To accomplish this, the system uses dampers in the ducts to direct airflow, a programmable thermostat for each zone and a control panel to manage the system. As a result, you’ll enjoy the following benefits.
More even temperatures – A zoned system solves the problem of rooms or parts of the house that are hard to cool or heat. You won’t have to over cool or over heat one part of the house to achieve a reasonable temperature in another. Greater control – There may be times when you need a little extra cooling or heating in a certain part of the house. For instance, if you’re doing a lot of cooking, extra air conditioning near the kitchen can help you stay comfortable. Depending on its design, a zoned system can make this kind of control a reality. Energy savings – When …
Regardless of the size of your home, it’s likely that you spend your time in just a few rooms at any given time. This waste of energy – heating a whole house when much of it’s not occupied – is one reason why upgrading to a zoning system is such a great idea. If used properly, you’ll save money while boosting your comfort level as well.
Installation of a Zoning System
Traditional one-thermostat heating and cooling systems are not very efficient or logical. If you spend all day in the living room, for example, and are feeling a little cold or hot, your adjustment of the thermostat in that room will affect temperatures throughout the house, unless you’ve closed vents to select rooms. This is a primary reason why energy costs are so high, especially for a large home.
Upgrading to a zoning system, which should be handled by a trained HVAC technician, will allow you to focus your heating or cooling on only those rooms you designate for conditioning. This is made possible by the use of multiple thermostats and automated vent dampers, each located in a section of your home referred to as a “zone.”
Benefits of a Zoning System
Does it seem like no matter how much you fiddle with the thermostat, you can’t make your home and everyone in it comfortable? Upgrading to a zoning system is a simple and effective solution tailored to your situation and needs, which lets you take back control of your home comfort and energy bills.
There are many elements that contribute to uneven temperatures in a home. The following lists highlight common contributing factors to this issue, and why upgrading to a zoning system might be a good idea in your Georgia home:
Varying heat gain throughout the day in regards to sun orientation Rooms with large windows Sprawling floor designs Occupants with different temperature likes and dislikes Multiple levels Room additions or retrofitted attic and/or basement space Home office, media room, rec room and other spaces that may benefit with separate cooling and heating High ceilings and open spaces
How a zoning system works
A zoning system is a network of thermostats (one per zone) and duct doors or dampers that maintain separate temperatures, as desired, from zone to zone based on each zone’s thermostat set point. This gives you the distinct advantage of cooling and heating only the …