You wouldn't turn all the lights on in your home with only one light switch—all on or all off at any given point in time. So why do that with your heating and cooling, operating with one thermostat?
Customizing your HVAC system by dividing your home into separate areas for heating and cooling reaps many zoning benefits. Two-story homes, those with sprawling wings or structures that have large expanses of glass or high ceilings are good candidates for zoning. These systems use automatic dampers in the ductwork that open and close when the spaces they serve need conditioning.
Each zone has its own thermostat that connects to a control panel. If you use programmable thermostats, you'll combine comfort with convenience, since you won't need to adjust the thermostats daily.
Benefits of Zoning
- Better temperature control—Not all rooms in your home need the same amount of conditioning. The direction the room faces makes a difference. In the winter, rooms that face east and north may be colder and those with southern and western exposure are likely to be warmer in the summer. A zoning system solves any seasonal comfort issues within your home.
It's also likely the upstairs in a two-story home is considerably warmer than the downstairs, since heat rises. Putting your upstairs on a separate thermostat will solve those comfort problems. The same is true with a finished basement in the summer that will be naturally cooler than the rest of your home. Bonus rooms above garages are yet another good candidate.
- Lower energy bills—One of the greatest zoning benefits lies in their reduced energy consumption. Instead of conditioning your entire home at once, only the zone or zones that need heating or cooling will receive it. If your bedrooms are upstairs, you can adjust the thermostat so that the rooms aren't fully conditioned when they're not occupied. At night, you can call for more conditioning and less in the lower levels.
The same is true with rooms in your home that you don't use frequently. Instead of closing off the room, which can be hard on your HVAC system and its ductwork, you can adjust the thermostat according to usage.
If you'd like to explore more zoning benefits, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've been providing HVAC services for homeowners in the greater Cleveland area for more than 70 years.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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