Mar 26 2017

Zoning Your HVAC

When you heat or cool your North Port, Florida, home with a conventional HVAC system, some rooms might be too drafty or stuffy. With a zoning system, you can divert more power to the areas or zones that need it. Since each zone has its own thermostat, you won’t have to waste energy heating or cooling unoccupied rooms. Many people add zoning during renovations to save money and energy. Zoning for your heater and air conditioner can let you choose a smaller HVAC system, make your home more comfortable, increase your indoor air quality, and extend your system’s life.

Choosing a Smaller System

Since systems with zoning use less energy, they don’t need to be as large to heat or cool your home well. Smaller HVAC systems are less expensive and easier to install. For extra convenience, have a main control panel installed for the different thermostats in your zoning system.

A zoning system can help you save even more money and energy if you have a large home with more than one story. Other features like large windows, high ceilings, lofts, and sunrooms make temperature variations more common. This means you can benefit more from having several thermostats and zoning if your home has any of these traits.

You can choose a system with a series of automatic motorized dampers to change the air flow inside your ductwork or a ductless zoning system with a separate indoor air handling unit for each zone. A small conduit connects the indoor units and the outdoor unit, but you can set each indoor air handler and zone to a different temperature.

Making Your Home More Comfortable

With zoning, everyone in your home can decide how warm or cool their own bedroom should feel at night. If you feel too hot or cold during the day, you can change the temperature in only one zone instead of changing the heating or air conditioning for your entire home. That way, you can avoid arguments with family members about thermostat settings and keep everyone comfortable. Choose a zoning system with a remote control for extra convenience. Many programmable thermostats can also control separate zones, and you can change the settings on some models from your computer or smartphone.

Increasing Your Indoor Air Quality

Conventional HVAC systems spread indoor pollutants like dirt, dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander, while systems with zoning don’t allow as much air flow to and from different areas. This keeps the zones separate and stops the spread of contaminants, making the air inside your home healthier. Better indoor air quality also stops dust from building up on furniture and electronics, making cleaning easier.

Ductless zoning systems usually have better indoor air quality than systems with dampers in ductwork. Some pollutants can get past dampers, and dirt, mold, pet droppings, and other debris can accumulate in ductwork and lower your indoor air quality. Ductless systems can also help you save more energy because they don’t let air escape through leaks in ducts. Systems with ducts also have to use more energy because temperatures change as air flows through ductwork.

Extending Your HVAC System’s Life

Zoning also extends your heating and air conditioning system’s life by reducing wear and tear on your HVAC system and preventing inconvenient, expensive breakdowns. You can also save energy and prevent problems by controlling your zoning with a programmable thermostat.

You can set a programmable thermostat to turn your heater or air conditioner down when you usually leave for work or go to sleep. Many models can remind you to change your HVAC system’s air filter or have your system checked by a professional. Some models can also measure your home’s humidity and monitor air flow. That way, you can take care of any problems before they get bigger.

All American Heating and Cooling has more than 30 years of HVAC experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of equipment, including zoning. Call us anytime at 941-479-6060 for dependable service and a large choice of heating and cooling brands.

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