Do I need a zoned home?03/29/2016Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are set by their own thermostat. Are some rooms in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that could play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one fix you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when teamed with programmable thermostats, it could also help you save on your heating and cooling bill. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling operates by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow all around your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to allow you to personalize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are tied in to a control panel that runs 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 a single 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 normally mapped out by determining the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can be impacted from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that lead to this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all discovered in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are likely to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a separate thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort desires. A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, but it can keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re buying 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. We make it easy to schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 703-369-5528.