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Use a Zone Control System with Your Heater and AC

technician-at-workThere are many reasons why homeowners may choose to replace an air conditioner or a heating system. Perhaps the system just is not heating and/or cooling the property successfully. Maybe energy costs are too high. Whatever the case may be, some homeowners wind up tolerating a subpar heating and/or cooling performance just because they are unable to replace the system at the time. There are definitely other options to consider, however, which can help you to get a better performance from your home comfort system(s).

One such option is to upgrade your HVAC systems with zoning equipment. Doing so has a number of benefits to offer, and you may just see a revitalization in terms of your system’s output quality. Consider the following, and let us know if you are ready to start taking advantage of a zone control system in Suffolk, VA.

How Does Zone Control Work?

Basically, “zoning” your HVAC system means integrating equipment into that system that allows you to maintain different temperatures in different areas of your home. Each of these areas is its own temperature zone. A zone control system is comprised of 3 basic components.

  1. A central control panel, which is installed into your existing HVAC system.
  2. Multiple thermostats, with one being installed in each different temperature zone.
  3. Electronic dampers, which are installed into your ductwork.

Because each temperature zone in the house has its own thermostat, you’ll be able to regulate temperatures in each of these zones independently of the others. The dampers and the thermostats are wired into the central control panel, so that they can communicate with each other. When you adjust the temperature at a thermostat, the dampers will open or close as needed in order to modulate the operation of the HVAC system in order to maintain the desired temperature.

But Can’t I Just Close the Vents?

Sometimes, when homeowners first learn about zone control, they think it equates to stemming the flow of heated or cooled air into those areas that don’t need it. This is a serious misunderstanding and a major oversimplification of the way in which zone control actually works. If you close off a vent to a room that you don’t want heated or cooled, the operation of the system itself is not really being adjusted. The air is just forced to other areas of the house. A zone control system actually modulates the operation of the system to maintain the desired temperatures in different areas.

What Are the Benefits of Zone Controlled Heating and Cooling?

Some homeowners jump at the chance for zone control because they think that it is going to start saving them fistfuls of money. This is something of a misconception, though. Yes, heating and cooling only those areas that you choose to, and only as much as you choose to, can help to cut down on energy costs. There are a lot of other factors tied in with building science that will affect this. From natural airflow throughout the house to air-tightness of the envelope and air ducts to your insulation, there is plenty to influence overall energy savings.

While financial savings may vary, one thing that is certain is that you’ll enjoy unprecedented control over your HVAC system. Different people are comfortable at different temperatures. Different areas of the house have different heat gain levels. Some areas of the house just aren’t used as much as others. You don’t turn on every light in the house when you flip on one switch. So why be forced to heat or cool the entire house to one temperature throughout?

House Call Company is happy to answer any questions that you have about zone control. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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