Residential Zoning Systems
Ever notice that some rooms in your home are warm, while other rooms are cooler than you would like, and everyone in your family seems to complain about the temperature in their rooms? Or it gets hotter in the kitchen and its freezing in the living room and no one is there? Have you ever decided to shut off the registers or vents in a room because it is too warm or too cool, or closed the door to keep the heat or cool out of vacant or rarely occupied rooms? If you answered “yes” to these questions, a zoned air conditioned and heating system can help you stay more comfortable, save energy and of course save you money!
How Does it work?
With a standard zoning system, a sensor in each room or group of rooms, or zones, monitors the room temperature. These sensors will detect if, where and when warmed or cooled air is required.
Those sensors transmit electrical data to a central electronic hub unit that activates the zoning system, adjusting electric-motor dampers installed in the ductwork and delivering properly conditioned air only to the zone in which it is needed.
By delivering warm or cool conditioned air only to the areas of the home or business that are being used, zoning systems can eliminate the unnecessary wasted energy by heating or cooling unused areas.
You will be more comfortable
Zoning systems quickly adapt to constant changing conditions in any particular area without affecting other areas. For example, many two-story houses are zoned by floor. When heat rises, the upper floor usually requires more cooling in the summer and less heat during the winter than the first floor because the second floor does not have conditioned air above it.
A system that is not zoned can’t completely accommodate seasonal variations. Zoning, however, can eliminate wide variations in temperature between floors by delivering heat or cooling only to the area that requires it.
Your System will be More efficient
A professionally designed and properly installed zoned system can be up to 30 percent more efficient than a non-zoned system. A zoned system supplies warm or cool air only to those areas that require it. It won’t waste energy by heating and cooling spaces that aren’t being used.
Another benefit is that, a zoned system occasionally allows you to install smaller capacity equipment without sacrificing comfort. This reduces energy utilization by reducing wasted capacity.
More Options for Comfort
A zoned system allows more control over the indoor environment because you determine when the areas you want to heat or cool are changed and how often.
Consider, for example, situations when children have moved out and some rooms have only occasional or limited use. Or, when rooms originally intended or designed for one purpose are converted to other, more practical uses.
Zoning serves and addresses these situations well because it easily adapts to heating and cooling load changes caused by increased or decreased usage, room additions or a change in occupants or lifestyle.