Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system splits your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by its own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more comfy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are many factors that can play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one solution you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfortable, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling operates by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow throughout your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to better personalize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are linked to a control panel that operates your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to envision 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 wouldn’t make much sense. 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 usually mapped out by determining the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can be uncomfortable from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all learned 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 an individual 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 on bills, 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 715-504-0533.