Since we spend a great amount of time in our homes, wouldn’t it be nice if each room was comfortable? Have you ever wondered why certain areas of your home are too cold in winter, or too hot in summer? Well, contrary to what most think, the blame is not usually found with your furnace or air conditioner. I find one area to look at is the room itself. Is the uncomfortable room on the second floor, or is the entire second floor uncomfortable? Do some areas have large windows or skylights that bring in hot sunlight in the summer or leave precious heat out in the winter? Is the room a basement or over a cold garage? Is the ductwork to these rooms sized and installed properly? Because of all these variables every room has different load requirements and we must control them independently of each other if we want true comfort. But how can we do this? Well now a very popular answer to this is zoning. Zoning is a superior product line that, in conjunction with any heating or air conditioning system, can effectively control temperature levels for any area. With zoning you can select how many thermostats you would like and each one will control the temperature in its own “zone” without affecting other parts of your home. It will make every room or area comfortable.
As each “zone” calls for service, a zoning control panel will send two commands, one to automatic dampers that will then open the duct(s) to that zone and the other to the HVAC unit to provide the required heating or cooling. The dampers to the zones that do not require heating or cooling service will remain closed. By the reduction of HVAC service requirements, the speed and efficiency of airflow to the zone demanding service are greatly enhanced, and at a lower energy cost. Plus, with zoning, you can select to only heat or cool the areas of your home you are presently using. For instance, heating or cooling only your bedrooms at night, and then turning them down during the day when you are not utilizing them. Using the zoning system in this way can result in up to 30% energy savings.