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Even Out the Temperatures in your Home with Zoned Heating and Cooling!

Published: October 2, 2013
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small__68728965When you walk around the different areas of your home, do you notice that the temperatures vary depending on where you are? Do you ever wish that every floor in your home could have its own thermostat so that you could better control your home’s temperatures? With zoned heating and cooling, you can! Today we’re going to take a look at what zoned heating and cooling is and how you can benefit from adding a zoning system to your home!

What is zoned heating and cooling?

With a more conventional furnace or air conditioner, conditioned air is delivered to every room in your home every time that your HVAC system is running. When you think about the fact that different parts of your home often heat and cool at different rates, does it really make sense to send the same amount of conditioned air to every room at the same time?

A zoned heating and cooling system solves this problem. It works by separating your home into various “zones” depending on their heating and cooling needs, giving each zone its own thermostat. Your second floor, for example, might be in a different zone than your main floor. A finished basement or a room in your home that doesn’t get used very often might also be separated into their own zones. The way that you zone your home is completely up to you!

What are the benefits of zoned heating and cooling?

  • More consistent home temperatures. In a home without zoned heating and cooling, one thermostat controls the temperature for the entire home. That means that your furnace and air conditioner are only satisfying the needs of that specific part of your home. Zoned heating and cooling allows you to precisely control the temperatures of multiple parts of your home and greatly reduce hot and cold spots.
  • Reduced energy consumption. With a zoning system, your furnace and air conditioner only send conditioned air where it’s needed in your home. Your system turns on when one or more zones require conditioned air, and it turns off as soon as every zone is satisfied. That means that your HVAC system will only use energy to heat and cool the parts of your home that actually need it, which allows your HVAC system to make the most out of the energy it consumes.
  • Satisfy the different needs of your family. Everyone in your family has his or her own opinion about what temperatures they are most comfortable with. This is especially true when it comes to bedroom temperatures. With a zoning system, you can give different thermostats to different rooms and allow everyone to enjoy the temperatures that suit them best.

If you have any questions about zoned heating and cooling, or if you’d like an HVAC system serviced or installed in your home, contact Tiger Services, your Glen Carbon plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor.

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