Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are set by an individual thermostat. Are some areas in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that may play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one answer you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfortable, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it can also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been determined, 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 ensure you can customize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are tied in to a control panel that controls 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 all the lights of your home with the flick of an individual switch. That would be incredibly inefficient and not practical at all. The same is true for having one thermostat controlling 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 identifying the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are properly insulated and constructed well can suffer from hot and cold spots. Some typical architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all learned in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are destined 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 adjusted to your family’s personal comfort preferences. A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, but it will keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re adding a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our pros 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 847-306-8990.