Putting an end to high heating and cooling bills without sacrificing your family's comfort could be as simple as system zoning. Just as you don't turn on every light in your home when you need illumination in one room, a zoning system lets you control the temperature in only the spaces you need it. If your home has any of these characteristics, you might benefit from such a system:
- Two or more living levels
- Areas you seldom use or areas you use much more than others
- Areas that have high ceilings or vaults
- Places with more windows than others
- Family members who need or want different temperatures
For example, a two-story home in the summer is much warmer upstairs than down, and putting it on its own zone helps you control the temperature differences. It can end high cooling bills and discomfort because you can set the temperature lower when you occupy the upstairs and turn it up when you aren't using that space.
Although system zoning is easiest during a new HVAC system installation, it's possible to retrofit an existing system with thermostats and zone dampers. The modification requires an investment, but according to the U.S. Department of Energy, doing so can reduce cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. And those benefits aren't limited to just cooling. If use a forced-air furnace, you'll save all winter, as well.
Besides lower heating and cooling costs, the HVAC system is likely to last longer, since it's not running on high continuously. If your system features multiple stages, a zoning system can be a real compliment to its capabilities.
The best way to learn if system zoning can help you combat the battle of the thermostat and save you money is to contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We've provided outstanding HVAC services for greater Cleveland area homeowners for more than 77 years.