How HVAC Zoning Systems Work

Every house has at least one area that seems to never be just the right temperature. You may feel your bedroom is never as warm as you want it in the winter, and the second story of your home never gets cool enough in the summer. However, HVAC zoning is the answer to this age-old problem.

By zoning your home, thermostats control different sections of the structure. This means that one central system can produce different temperature results in different rooms. However, most homeowners don’t know zoning exists yet, much less how it works.

A zoning system of your home doesn’t mean multiple AC units or furnaces. Instead, it is one system that can produce several different temperatures. The control system comes in the form of different thermostats and dampers in your duct system. This means if you want an area the be warmer in other areas, the system will remain on, but the dampers in the ducts will engage in every other area than the one you want warmer; thus, preventing excess heat flow.

You may be concerned that this will raise your energy bills, but zoning systems are more efficient because temperature-treated air goes where you want it to rather than extraneously heating or cooling your whole home. Furthermore, the actual energy taxing part of your HVAC system comes when it first kicks on. The actual running of an air conditioner or a furnace is not very taxing on energy resources, so even if it needs to run longer, you are actually using less energy than trying to maintain a temperature in your whole home just for one room.

There is no more turning the heat up or the AC down in order to get the desired temperature in one room while the others become uncomfortable while zoning systems keep everyone comfortable – and, they cut down on costs! Therefore, if your furnace or air conditioner is on its last legs, you may want to ask your HVAC technician about what you can do to zone your home with a new installation. Request an appointment with Cunningham Associates today!

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