Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system splits your home into two (or more) zones which are altered by their own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that may play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one answer you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when working 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 determined, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow through your entire home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to allow you to customize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are connected to a control panel that controls your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to note the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled all the lights of your home with the flick of an individual switch. That would be highly inefficient and wouldn’t make much sense. 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 typically mapped out by finding 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 typical architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all found out in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are going 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 adjusted to your family’s personal comfort preferences. A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, 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 team is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 630-570-0252.