January 4, 2018

Benefits of HVAC Zoning

Are there rooms in your home that you may not use quite as often as others, but you’re still paying for the AC to cool or heat them all throughout the year for no reason? At Prime Comfort, we recommend going with a zoning approach as a method to cool and heat your home. With an HVAC zoning system, your air conditioning and heating system activate based on areas in use, which is much more efficient than heating or cooling the entire residence with a central unit system.

HVAC zoning systems allow you to control the temperature in each zone, or area, of your home by using separate thermostats. Zoning systems are available with ductless HVAC systems and programmable thermostats as well. By using this type of system, you can save energy, increase indoor air quality, and make your home more comfortable to live in.

How HVAC Zoning Works

Typically, every room in your home is heated equally and the number of people occupying the room is irrelevant. That is, of course, unless you have created zones in your home. HVAC zoning systems include different thermostats for each zone. This would mean that you can control how much energy is used by your home to heat and cool. Zoning systems typically help to save money and increase indoor comfort without overworking your heating or A/C. For example, you can keep your bedrooms cooler while bumping the temperature way up in areas of your home that are rarely used. An HVAC system will typically rely on a series of automatic dampers in the ducts that will shift the air conditioning or heating according to what is necessary. For example, an HVAC damper might close in the ducts that lead downstairs in order to more effectively cool the upstairs.

Any home can benefit from a zoning system; however, some structures or features often see the biggest energy savings. Homes or structures that benefit the most from HVAC zoning systems are ones that have:

  • High ceilings
  • Above-garage room or apartment
  • Multiple large windows
  • Basement or attic living space
  • Loft or sunroom
  • Multiple stories

Benefit #1: Energy Savings

By helping you to avoid heating or cooling unnecessary areas of your home, zoning systems can save energy, which in turn lowers your utility bills. If your home has more than one story, you’ll save even more energy. Homes with more than one story typically need additional cooling in the summertime and less heating in winter. Zoning also lets you use a smaller, less expensive heating or air conditioning system, and it reduces wear on your existing system, extending its life.

Benefit #2: Better Indoor Air Quality

Zoning systems, especially ductless systems or homes with multiple HVAC systems, keep different zones separate and don’t let as much air travel around your home. This keeps dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, mold, and other contaminants from spreading through your home as easily as they could with a standard system. Zoning can also prevent asthma and allergy symptoms, eye irritation, skin rashes, and other health problems.

Benefit #3: Comfort

People can choose a temperature that’s comfortable for them for their bedroom or for the room they’re using at the time. Zoning also gets rid of uncomfortable drafty or warm areas. Are you a fan of using technology to make your life easier? Good news: there are some zoning systems out there that allow you to control your system from a computer or smartphone!

As Charlotte’s premier HVAC installation, service, and repair company, we always want to make sure our customers are aware when it comes to knowing about your heating and cooling system. Here at Prime Comfort, we can help you install, maintain, and repair a range of HVAC equipment, including zoning systems. Call us at (704) 237-3417 for quality service from our expert technicians.