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Inconsistent temperatures from room to room are not an uncommon condition in multi-story homes or those with one level but an intricate floor plan layout. Significantly different solar properties in different sections of the home, rooms with a large expanse of windows, or an outside landscaping design that either helps or hinders heat gain and heat loss also can play roles in temperature inconsistencies. An effective way to deal with these temperature fluctuations is to install a home heating/cooling zoning system.

There are lots of reasons your South Florida home may suffer temperature inconsistencies, including:

  • Second- or third-floor rooms typically stay warmer than ground-floor rooms (heat rises)
  • Rooms with vaulted ceilings are often difficult to keep warm
  • Rooms that get generous amounts of sunlight can be tough to keep cool

Installation of a zoning system is a simple principle requiring the placement of a programmable thermostat in each zone and dampers placed within the HVAC system’s air ducts. Each thermostat keeps track of the temperature within the zone where it’s placed, and then opens or closes the damper(s) depending upon its specific temperature settings.

A properly installed and utilized zoning system should increase the comfort level of your home while adding to the economical operation of your heating and cooling systems. Individual bedrooms can be regulated according to the individual preferences of their occupants, and guestrooms that are usually left unoccupied can have the dampers closed except when the rooms are needed.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a zoning system can save you as much as 30 percent on your home heating and cooling costs just by turning off the conditioned air to areas where it’s not needed. This, in turn, will put less strain on your HVAC system, allowing it to have a more trouble-free and longer life expectancy.

NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating, a second-generation owned and operated HVAC company serving Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, has been providing prompt, professional service to our clients since 1973. Contact us for more info on zoning system installation or any indoor air comfort/quality topic.

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