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How Does a Zoning System Make Temperature Control Easier?

Published on: March 18, 2015
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Homes with zoning systems offer greater comfort because they’re divided into separate parts based on each area’s thermal characteristics. It can be difficult to achieve even temperature control in a home without zoning since the whole HVAC system is controlled by a single thermostat. The system will run until the area near the thermostat reaches the set temperature, regardless of temperatures in more distant locations.

A zoned home uses dampers in the ductwork that open and close based on the need for conditioning. Each zone has its own thermostat that connects to a central control panel. When that area needs heating or cooling, the HVAC system turns on, opens the damper to that zone, and the conditioned air flows into the rooms in that zone only.

When Zoning Makes Sense

Homes that have multiple stories, areas that are seldom used, or large expanses of volume ceilings or windows are likely candidates for zoning systems. A smaller home may also be a candidate if it has exposure to sunlight that keeps one area especially warmer than the rest of the house.

Benefits of Zoned Temperature Control

Besides even comfort throughout the home, energy bills are typically lower in home with zoning systems, since the HVAC system doesn’t run at full capacity when just one zone needs conditioned air.

Zoning a home instead of closing registers in seldomly used rooms is the better option as well. Doing so without a zoning system can damage your HVAC equipment, as it alters the air pressure in the ducts and the air handler, an issue solved during the installation of a zoning system.

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