Do I need a zoned home?03/29/2016Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system separates your home into two (or more) zones which are altered by its own thermostat. Are some rooms in your home more comfy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a lot of factors that can play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one solution you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when teamed with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling costs. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling operates by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow all around your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to ensure you can customize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are connected to a control panel that runs your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to envision the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled all the lights of your home with a single switch. That would be very inefficient and not practical at all. The same is true for having one thermostat taking care of your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are normally mapped out by identifying the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are properly insulated and constructed well can suffer from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all learned in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are destined to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have an individual thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort desires. A zoned home will not only save you money, but it can keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re adding a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our pros are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about zoned homes or anything related to your family’s comfort, our experts are just a phone call away. We make it easy to arrange an appointment with us online or give us a call at 715-356-7000.