Why You Should Consider HVAC Zoning Options
Zoned heating and cooling systems are effective ways to increase comfort and savings in the home. In some cases, however, a more traditional HVAC system is better. If your comfort and efficiency needs are not being met, consider your ductless and damper HVAC zoning options.
Why You Should Consider HVAC Zoning
You may have heard of zoned HVAC systems. These systems allow homeowners to manually control the temperature in different areas, or “zones,” of the home. Zones can be as small as one room or as large as an entire building or add-on. Temperature settings are controlled in each of the zones by a separate thermostat.
This can be accomplished with ductless mini-split units or an automatic damper system in your central HVAC's ductwork. Regardless of if you have a ductless or damper system, each "zone" will have its own thermostat and controls.
Zoning systems give you more control, convenience, and accuracy. Most homeowners also prefer the way ductless mini-split units look. They are quiet, unassuming, and come in a variety of makes and models for your aesthetic preference.
Why You Might Want HVAC Zones:
There are several reasons why you might benefit from a zoned HVAC system:
1. Multi-Level Homes - The rooms in upper levels of the home tend to get warmer since heat rises. If you have multiple floors in your home, you might benefit from a zoned system.
2. Home Orientation - You may have rooms that receive much more solar heat than others. Rooms and windows located on the south and west tend to get more heat than rooms facing the east and north.
3. Windows - Some rooms in the home may have large windows, while others may have none at all. If you have rooms that lose or gain more energy than others, they may require a different amount of heating and air conditioning.
4. Usage - We all know that some areas of the home get more use than others. If you are only occupying one level of the home during the day, you may want the ability to set different temperatures for the rooms you are using versus the rooms you aren't. Many people with zoned systems with have different thermostat schedules for the different areas of the home. A common example would be to set one temperature for the upstairs and another for the downstairs during the day, and then reverse the ratio at night.
5. Offices, Sheds, and Add-Ons - If you have an office, shed, or add-on that needs heating and cooling, a zoning system is the most effective and efficient options. You’ll be able to get the comfort you need without having to install a new duct system. Get the comfort you need and save energy at the same time by not having to run the system separate from the rest of the home.
A zoned HVAC system can provide massive energy savings if you use it properly, but it depends on how large your house is and where it is located.
HVAC Zoning Considerations
1. System Sizing – Make sure that your damper or ductless HVAC system is properly sized. This is the number one mistake that homeowners and technicians make when installing a new HVAC system.
2. HVAC Ductwork – If the ductwork is being installed or modified for your zoning system, it should be properly designed for the correct amount of conditioned air. If the ductwork damper mechanism isn’t working properly, you will get inconsistent airflow and temperatures and miss out on the full benefits of HVAC zones.
3. Thermostat Location – Since HVAC zones have multiple thermostats, you want to be extra careful about where they are located. If your thermostat is near any kind of heat sources, such as lamps, space heaters, solar rays, or air ducts, it will give inaccurate readings. It’s important to be strategic with where you install your thermostat. For maximum effectiveness, we recommend hiring a professional to do the job and make sure everything is correctly calibrated.
4. Maintenance – Like any other heating and cooling equipment, your HVAC zone system needs to be periodically maintained by a licensed and trained professional. Maintenance service should include checking the damper system, indoor and outdoor units, as well as each of the multiple thermostats in your home.
For more information about ductless mini-split systems and zone-based heating & cooling, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Gold Medal Service a call at (732) 365-3199 or schedule an appointment online.
And don’t forget about your annual furnace tune-up!
Inspect your heating system NOW:
- Make sure nothing is blocking the vents
- Check the breakers (if you've kept the furnace shut off all summer)
- Check the filter and clean or replace it
- If your thermostat runs on a battery, make sure the battery is fresh
- Turn on your furnace and see how it works - listen to the motor, make sure everything is running smoothing without any loud noises or vibrations.
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