Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Cooling, Heating, Installation, Technology Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by its own thermostat. Are some rooms in your home more comfortable than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are many 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 cozy, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it can 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 throughout your 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 each light in your home with the flick of an individual switch. That would be highly inefficient and not practical at all. The same is true for having one thermostat controlling 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 appropriately insulated and constructed well can suffer from hot and cold spots. Some typical architectural features that cause this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all learned 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 adjusted to your family’s personal comfort needs. A zoned home will not only save you on bills, but it is able to 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 professionals 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 professionals are just a phone call away. Give us a call at 540-483-5605.