Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system separates your home into two (or more) zones which are set by an individual 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 fix you need. Zoning will not only keep you more cozy, but when teamed with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling bill. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been determined, zoned heating and cooling operates 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 tied in to a control panel that controls your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to think through the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled all the lights of your home with a single switch. That would be incredibly 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 typically mapped out by finding the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can be uncomfortable from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that result in 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 going to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a specific thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort needs. A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, 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 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 (616) 669-3961.