What is A Zone Control System?
According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the average homeowner spends 7% of their salary on heating and cooling costs. That means that most people are always looking for ways to save money on utilities. Lately, the most popular method to do so is zoning.
Zoning, or having a zone control system, allows you to heat or cool individual zones (these could be rooms, floors, etc.) separately from the rest of your house. Zoning means you can heat or cool the areas of your home that you use most often and reduce energy costs in the less-used sections of your house.
Does Zoning Work For Everyone?
Zoning isn’t a perfect solution for everyone. If you have a small home where every room is used on a daily basis, zoning won’t do much for you.
A zone control system is best for:
- Homes that have infrequently-used rooms or floors
- Rooms that don’t heat or cool uniformly
- Family members who prefer different levels of heat or air conditioning
How Does Zoning Save You Money?
Zoning is so popular lately because, along with customizing temperatures, it can save homeowners a lot of money. Because you aren’t heating or cooling rooms and areas that aren’t being used, you’re spending less on HVAC costs. If you have a big house with lots of people living there, you can even change temperatures based on personal preference. It’s also better for the environment, because it’s less wasteful.
A zone control system makes your home more comfortable and energy efficient. It’s a win-win!
What Kind of Zone Control Systems are Available?
Most homes can implement some sort of zone control system, depending on what kind of HVAC system they currently have.
Ductless mini splits are ideal for zoning, and they are becoming a more and more popular HVAC option. Mini splits have built in thermostats that allow you to control each component separately. And the best part is that you can add a ductless unit to your home’s existing HVAC.
Conventional with Damper
If your home already has central air conditioning, we can add dampers and more thermostats to make zone control possible. Then you can change zone temperature manually or electronically.
Smart vents are part of the current “Internet of Things” craze. You can connect smart vents to your WiFi in order to control the opening and closing of the vents. However, we generally do not recommend these to our clients because smart vents can cause extra strain on your HVAC system.
Interested in Zoning Your Home?
Have questions about zone control systems or need AC installation? Contact Evolved Mechanical today. We’re here to help!