What A Zone Control System Is And How It Can Save You Money

zone controlNo matter what size your home, chances are some areas tend to be warmer or cooler than others. This is particularly true if your home is hit directly by the hot Los Angeles sun in summer. With a zone control system, you can take control of your indoor temperatures to stay comfortable more efficiently.

How HVAC Zoning Works

A zone control system, also known as a zoned HVAC system, divides your home into two or more areas, or “zones,” that can be heated or cooled independently from the rest of the house. These zones might be individual rooms or groups of rooms.

Each zone has its own programmable thermostat, which is connected to a main control panel. Through the control panel, you can select the temperature you want in each room. For example, while you’re cooking on a sunny day, you might need a lower A/C temperature in the kitchen than in your other rooms. Based on your input, a system of dampers in the ductwork direct warm or cool air where it’s needed most.

How You Stand to Save

A zoned system is most useful when your home has an area that tends to stay chilly in winter or hot in summer. It might be a room with large windows or a high ceiling, a room addition or the entire second floor. Zoning is also convenient when different family members have different temperature preferences. When you’re able to control your indoor temperatures more precisely, you’ll no longer waste energy over-cooling or overheating the whole house just to get a comfortable temperature in that one stubborn room.

If you’ve been closing your air vents in attempt to control your home’s temperatures, a zoned system could extend the life of your HVAC system. Closing vents places excess pressure on the system, which causes it to wear out faster. Zoning won’t harm your system at all.

Think your home could benefit from a zone control system? Get in touch with us at Reliance Home Services to learn more about your options.