A traditional HVAC system runs on a single thermostat. This is ineffective as different floors and rooms in your home have different factors that affect their temperature. A zoning system eliminates this challenge by having different thermostats for different areas within a home. This way, you will have cooled or heated air where you need it in your home. The zoning system interacts with the thermostats to open and close dampers in your home’s ductwork.
Which Home Can Benefit From a Zoned HVAC System?
If your home has different levels, basements, a finished attic, and newly added rooms such as the garage, or has a large floor plan, you need a zoned HVAC system. Your home may also have large windows in some rooms or entire walls that form windows — a zoning system can help regulate temperatures in these rooms. If you experience temperature extremes in different spaces in your home (where some rooms are uncomfortably cold and others hot), you need to zone your HVAC system.
You know it is time to zone your home’s HVAC system if you experience inconsistencies in temperature control in your home. If you have several hot or cold spots in your home, let our contractor evaluate your home and find the best way to zone the system. Finding the sources of inconsistencies, such as structural and landscaping issues, will help create the perfect zones for your HVAC system.
A zoning system offers the following benefits.
1. Increases Energy Efficiency
Zoning allows you to break down your home into different heating areas. This way, you are able to provide custom heating and cooling solutions to individual floors and rooms. Instead of a single temperature control panel that can be wasteful, a zoned system maintains temperatures for different rooms.
The zoned system pumps more cool air to hotter areas and hot air to cool areas. This minimizes wasteful heating or cooling that is common with traditional HVAC systems. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 30% by zoning your HVAC system.
If you combine the zoning system with a smart thermostat, you have more control over the energy efficiency of your home’s HVAC. A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperatures of different rooms remotely. This way, you can delay when the system turns on if you will not be home until later.
2. Enhance Indoor Air Comfort
A traditional HVAC system controls temperature from a single point, which can make some rooms uncomfortably hot or cold. With a zoned system, there will be a difference in the comfort of different rooms. If a member of the family is always cold at night, you can adjust the temperature settings of their room to make it warmer than others.
The system is particularly comfortable in a multi-story home where bedrooms are upstairs. In summer, the heat in the attic rises in the upper floors. Cooling such rooms without chilling the ground floor is not possible with a single thermostat. This is where a zoned system comes in. If you have guestrooms that you do not use often, you can customize their temperature without affecting the indoor air comfort in other rooms.
With a zoned HVAC system, you have access to fan and humidity controls as well as a remote control to further customize the heat in every room.
3. Quiet Operation
A zoned HVAC system doesn’t need to run at top speeds to heat or cool all rooms and floors. Since the thermostat controls a smaller area, the HVAC system runs quietly. This is more beneficial to family members whose bedrooms are near the air handler.
4. Prolong the Productive Life of Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system doesn’t have to work hard to maintain a uniform temperature in all rooms in your home. When you reduce the temperature in unused rooms in your home, you reduce the draw on the HVAC system. This puts less stress on the unit, thereby extending its life.
5. Easy Installation
A zoned system can take a day to several days to create, depending on the type of zoning you choose. Some systems are ductless where each room has independent systems. Other systems work with the traditional ductwork by including dampers that increase or reduce airflow to different zones. Ductless systems come compact to fit perfectly in different rooms. They are also design-friendly with a host of styles and colors to match your décor.
While the traditional HVAC system uses a separate air conditioning system and a furnace, a ductless system combines the two systems into a single heat pump. When you streamline the systems with a ductless system, you will spend less on maintenance costs, ductwork expenses, and upkeep.
Below are the main parts of a zoned HVAC system:
- Dampers – These install in the HVAC ductwork to control the amount of air that passes through the ductwork at a time. They may be in the trunk, boot, or the branch of the ductwork as long as they are easily accessible. The dampers can reroute airflow to rooms where you need it. The dampers open and close automatically to regulate the temperature in different zones.
- Control panel – A control panel is responsible for opening or closing the dampers once you set the temperature on the thermostat.
- Temperature controller – These are thermostats that regulate the temperature in different zones of a home.
Designing Your HVAC System to Reap the Benefits
Zoning systems meet the needs of different homes. The system should match your home’s energy consumption, your habits, and your heating and cooling needs. Simple zoning systems separate your home into two zones: upstairs and downstairs. However, if your home is large, you may need as many as eight zones to cater to different rooms in your home.
Zoning a home proceeds after a thorough assessment of the needs of a home. When zoning a home, we consider the rooms facing the sun as they absorb more heat than the rooms in the shade. Although you can use window coverings and window treatments to reduce heat gain, rooms will still gain heat through the walls. As such, the sun-facing sides will be different zones from the shaded sides.
We also consider whether a home has different floors. Rooms on different floors fall on different heat zones. Heat rises increase the temperature in the upper floors.
New rooms may have different materials and different insulation from the older rooms. As such, creating a different zone will help keep the rooms comfortably heated or cooled. Your energy habits, temperature preferences among the family members, and size of the household among other factors affect how the contractor installs the zoning system.
Call The Cooling Company Today for HVAC Zoning
A thorough evaluation of your home’s HVAC system precedes the zoning components installation. The number of zones we create will depend on the factors that affect heating and cooling in different parts of your home. We can help evaluate your home to find the best way to heat and cool your home. Our goal is to see you enjoy lower heating and cooling energy bills and a comfortable home. We also provide indoor air quality services and maintenance plans to the Las Vegas area. Call us today with any questions, and we will be happy to help.