It’s likely that heating and cooling your home takes about half of your energy budget, and one of the most effective ways to save money without sacrificing comfort is by using a zoning system. Zoning your home gives you precise control over comfort levels throughout your house.
These systems work by sending heated or cooled air only to the areas that need it. It saves energy and money by providing conditioned areas to just those spaces where it’s needed, instead of delivering it the entire home, regardless of temperatures.
Zoning systems are ideal ways to solve problems associated with:
- Two-story homes.
- Those with a disproportionate amount of solar exposure on the south or west side.
- Homes with areas that are infrequently used, or places where the family congregates often.
- Family members with different thermal preferences or needs.
- Spaces that are consistently too cold or warm.
How They Work
When your home is zoned, the HVAC contractor places motorized dampers in the ductwork that open and close based on that zone’s thermostat settings. Each zone has a thermostat that connects to a central control panel that turns on the HVAC system and opens the damper for only the zones that need conditioning.
- A zoning system saves money and energy because the HVAC system doesn’t supply conditioning to the entire home at once. It will provide even more savings when each zone has a programmable thermostat that’s set to a comfortable temperature only when the area is typically occupied.
- Zoning increases the HVAC system’s lifetime because it doesn’t have to run at full blast.
- Comfort improves because temperatures in each zone are controlled at the individual thermostat instead of a single thermostat. The upstairs in a two-story home is often more comfortable during the summer and winter, since heat rises, and its thermostat will manage its temperature precisely.
For more information about a zoning system and your home’s suitability, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We’ve provided top-notch HVAC services for homeowners in Indian River, Palm Beach and Martin counties since 1973.