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What’s the Deal With Smart HVAC Systems?

What's the Deal With Smart HVAC Systems?Smart systems are gaining in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. But is a smart HVAC system worth the investment? Opinions differ, but it’s worth it to keep in mind that many different systems in your home can be upgraded to be a bit smarter, and that you’ll reap benefits in home comfort as well as ongoing energy savings. Consider these upgrades for a taste of what smart systems can offer you:

  • Smart thermostats combine the scheduling power of programmable thermostats with additional awareness and convenience. A smart thermostat may learn your preferred schedule on its own as you adjust it day after day, or may use a motion detector to switch itself automatically into vacation mode if you’re away for several days. Smart thermostats may also be enabled with Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing you to set them from your cell phone or other device.
  • Home zoning systems allow you to divide your home into “zones” of rooms whose temperature can be managed independently. For example, your bedrooms probably don’t need to be cooled as much during the day, when no one is sleeping. Or perhaps your kitchen requires more cooling than your living room, to offset the heat of the oven. Sensors can also monitor the occupancy of various rooms, and dynamically adjust airflow as needed.
  • Smart humidifiers and dehumidifiers don’t just run when the A/C or furnace is running — they monitor the humidity levels inside your home and switch on and off, as needed.
  • Smart ventilation systems monitor your home’s humidity, temperature, and airflow to determine when to draw in fresh air and exhaust stale air — and how much to draw into each room.
  • Smart systems may gather and record data on your temperature, humidity, airflow, and energy spending so that you can stay informed on how your home is performing.

If you’re curious about how a smart HVAC system could improve your Peachtree City home, call Powers Heating & Air today! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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A Zoning System Can Save You Energy and Money

A Zoning System Can Save You Energy and MoneyIn 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:

  • Energy savings. With the precise control you’ll gain from zoning, you won’t pay to heat and cool the whole house all the time. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a zoning system paired with programmable thermostats can lower yearly heating and cooling costs up to 30 percent. You can boost energy efficiency even more by upgrading to a variable-speed air handler.
  • Consistent comfort. With a single-zone system, is usually only the area closest to the thermostat that’s heated or cooled accurately, which can leave other areas too hot or too cold. A zoned system’s individual thermostats provide better temperature control and virtually eliminate uneven heating or cooling.
  • Extended equipment life. When you have a zoned system, your HVAC equipment doesn’t have to run at full capacity or cycle on and off as often to keep your home comfortable, so it won’t wear out as quickly.

To learn how a zoning system can help you save energy and money in your Peachtree City area home, contact us at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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HVAC Zoning: Is It Right for Your Peachtree City Home?

HVAC Zoning: Is It Right for Your Peachtree City Home?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:

  • Multi-story homes, where warm air tends to rise to the upper levels
  • Rooms with high ceilings, which may need less cooling or more heating as warm air rises to the ceiling and out of human range
  • Rooms with unusual amounts of sun exposure that take on excess solar heat
  • Homes with additions
  • Homes with above-garage living areas, basement living areas that exchange heat with the ground, or attic living areas with more exposure to the outside air
  • Rooms with large windows that lower the insulation value of that area

If you’re curious about how a home zoning system could benefit your Peachtree City home, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Learn About the Great Benefits of Zoned HVAC Systems

Learn About the Great Benefits of Zoned HVAC SystemsFayette’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 you no longer have to raise or lower your thermostat temperature just to accommodate for one part of the house, you can select more energy efficient temperatures and lower your energy bills.

When to Consider Zoning

Zoned HVAC systems are best suited to certain home designs and situations. These include:

  • Multi-story houses
  • Houses with multiple wings
  • Finished attics and basements
  • Cathedral, vaulted and other high ceilings
  • Picture windows, bay windows and other expanses of glass
  • Houses with little-used areas like formal dining rooms, guest rooms or spare bedrooms.

Zoning also makes it easier to keep a home addition comfortable. A room or group of rooms built on to an existing house often have different cooling and heating needs from the rest of the house. A zoned system lets you manage temperatures in these areas separately from each other.

To learn more about how zoned HVAC systems can keep your home in Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Tyrone or Brooks more comfortable, contact us at Powers Heating and Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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How Upgrading to a Zoning System Can Boost Comfort, Save Money

How Upgrading to a Zoning System Can Boost Comfort, Save MoneyRegardless 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

With to a zoning system, comfort also can be improved. Each family member has a different preference when it comes to comfort, and when your kids are in one room and you’re in another, a zoning system allows everyone to be comfortable at any given time. This also helps to address any issues with your home’s design. For example, an upper floor or a room with lots of windows tends to be warmer. A zoning system will help you account for that, without changing the temperature for the entire house.

On top of better comfort, you’ll save money on your energy bill each month. By focusing your conditioning efforts on a limited number of rooms, your HVAC system won’t have to work so hard to make everyone comfortable. It’s a win-win for your household and your bank account.

For more expert advice about upgrading to a zoning system, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area since 2001.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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