Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system separates your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by its own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more cozy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a lot of factors that may play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one answer you need. Zoning will not only keep you more cozy, but when teamed with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling bill. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been decided, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow all around your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to allow you to modify and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are tied in to a control panel that operates your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to think through the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled every light in your home with the flick of an individual switch. That would be highly inefficient and impractical. The same is true for having one thermostat handling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are normally mapped out by identifying the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are properly insulated and constructed well can be uncomfortable from hot and cold spots. Some typical architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all discovered in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are going to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a specific thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be adjusted to your family’s personal comfort preferences. A zoned home will not only save you money, but it is able to keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re adding a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our experts are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about zoned homes or anything related to your family’s comfort, our experts are just a phone call away. Give us a call at 717-383-4479.