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Why is Zoning Your HVAC System Important

Published on: November 29, 2018
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Creating zones for your HVAC system is a great example of heating and cooling customization. When you control zones of your home separately, it provides more comfort and less wear and tear on your HVAC equipment.


For example, if the back of your home is south-facing, you may receive a lot of direct sun through the windows. It may warm your space more than you like. When you have a zoned HVAC system, it can respond to the needs of your sunny kitchen and family room.


If, however, your upstairs master bedroom is on the north side of the house and is surrounded by shady trees, the temperature will likely trend cooler. A zoned HVAC system would keep the bedroom comfortable as well.


When an HVAC system is zoned, the system works harder or shifts down as necessary. This spares your HVAC system excess wear and tear, which can lead to premature repairs or even a breakdown.

How to Zone Your HVAC System


There are a few methods for creating a zoned HVAC system in your home.


Programmable Thermostats


Increasingly popular, programmable thermostats allow you to adjust your home’s comfort settings based on your household occupancy and routines.


Models vary and some are better suited to certain heating and air equipment. For the best results, we recommend consulting with a local HVAC contractor.


Some programmable thermostats are fairly basic. They may include settings for weekdays, weekends and vacation. Others are more complex, allowing for different settings for different days.


Some are Wi-Fi-enabled, which provide remote access via an app on your smartphone or tablet. This feature is helpful whether you’re adjusting the temperature from the airport or your upstairs bedroom.


For zoning purposes, some homeowners opt to have multiple thermostats and program them based on occupancy and anticipated energy usage. Your HVAC contractor provides a consultation for you and design the most efficient system for you and your needs.


Add a Ductless Heating and Cooling HVAC System


If you’re unfamiliar, today’s ductless heating and cooling technology seems light years ahead of the old noisy window units. Dramatically more efficient, ductless air conditioners or heat pumps provide extra cooling or heating to a space, or zone.


This helps even temperatures, depending on your climate or floorplan. Ductless units are especially beneficial in older homes with complicated architecture or ductwork. The ductless unit bypasses such concerns and easily installs on the wall or ceiling.


They’re also great for remodels or previously unfinished spaces, such as garages or additions.

Visit AC Southeast® First

If you’re unsure how much zoning your HVAC system might specifically benefit you, consult with an HVAC pro. Find a licensed HVAC contractor in your area through AC Southeast® today.


The Dealer Locator feature helps you easily locate a quality HVAC professional to review your current system and recommend a heating and air plan for you. It can be a big relief to have a partner in caring for your crucial home systems.


Increase your family’s comfort and safety when you call a familiar company to service, repair or install any heating and cooling equipment.