Get in the Zone – Explaining Zone Control Heating and Cooling
Has your home ever engaged in a thermostat battle? That’s when people repeatedly change the temperature based on what they find most comfortable. Or does it make your blood boil knowing that you’re wasting money by cooling a room that doesn’t get used often?
The heating and cooling system is one of the most important aspects of any home. A downside of a central system is that the room with the thermostat dictates the temperature of the whole house. If the scenarios mentioned early are significant concerns in your household, you may want to consider switching to a zone control heating and cooling system.
What are zones and how does zone control work?
With a zone control system, a home can be divided into different zones that can be heated or cooled independently. For example, bedrooms can be assigned a different zone than the kitchen or living room. Each zone has its own thermostat that is wired to a central control panel. When it’s time for the zone to be cooled or heated, an electronic damper is activated and directs the airflow to that zone without affecting the other zones in the home. So in the end, each zone can be set to different temperatures based on preferences or amount of use.
Benefits of zone control
What’s great about a zone control system is that is offers something for everyone. Here are a few benefits you can look forward to:
- More precise comfort – Zone control keeps everyone happy by allowing different rooms or areas to be set at different temperatures.
- Get rid of hot or cold spots – Many homes, especially older or multi-story ones, have areas where the temperature always seems to vary. A zoned approach allows you to shift more hot or cold air to that location without affecting the other zones.
- More energy efficient – If you have rooms that aren’t used frequently, you can reduce the amount of energy that’s used to heat or cool them, which is good for the environment.
- Save money – Using less energy also helps you reduce your monthly utility bills.
Zone control installation
There’s more good news. Zone control heating and cooling systems can often be installed retroactively, meaning worked into your existing ductwork and ventilation. So improving the comfort in your home may be easier than you think.
To find out if a zone control system is right for your home, talk to the Southern California experts at Liberty Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. To schedule a consultation, call us at (951) 760-4215.