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 altered by its own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a lot of factors that can play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one solution you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses. 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 customize 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 think through the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled every light in your home with a single switch. That would be incredibly inefficient and not practical at all. The same is true for having one thermostat handling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are usually 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 uncomfortable from hot and cold spots. Some standard architectural features that cause this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all found out 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 an individual thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be tailored to your family’s personal comfort preferences. 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 installing 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 715-352-4052.