It’s common for homes to experience uneven levels of heating and cooling for a variety of reasons, including poor installation of HVAC equipment, or home design elements. But a zoning system can help to improve home comfort, and provide consistent, comprehensive heating throughout the winter, while maximizing energy savings, too.
A factor that contributes to uneven heating is the single thermostat. Most homes have just one thermostat, located generally on the first floor in a central area, and that lone thermostat “reads” the temperature in its immediate vicinity, and then adjusts the heat as necessary. This type of system is extremely limiting, particularly for homes with multiple levels, or homes that have rooms that call for more or less conditioned air than other spaces. For instance, if your home has a large room with high ceilings and huge window expanses, it will require more heat to create a comfortable space.
Zoning systems help to solve these comfort problems. Here’s how they work:
- First, the home is divided up into zones, depending on heating needs, or how you use the spaces.
- Next, the contractor will install motorized dampers in the ductwork system in the main conduit that leads to each zone.
- Finally, a thermostat will be installed in each zone.
Once the system is in place, you will be able to set a specific temperature in each zone, and once that space has reached the desired level, the dampers to that zone will close. In that way, your furnace system doesn’t send heat to a space that doesn’t need it, or to a space that’s not in use.
Energy savings and improved comfort is possible with a zoning system. For HVAC help in the Greater Charlotte area, contact Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical – a local family-owned company since 1972.