How Does Zone Heating and Cooling Work?

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Do you feel like some rooms in your house are always cold during the winter? Do other areas of your home get stiflingly hot in the summer? Rooms with high ceilings are a particular challenge to heat. South-facing rooms with lots of windows are often difficult to cool. Fixing uneven temperatures in your home can be difficult – but not if you have zone heating and cooling!

How Does Zone Heating and Cooling Work?

Zone heating and cooling breaks down your home into different ‘zones.’ Each zone is controlled by its own thermostat. The thermostats are connected to a central control panel. The control panel uses the readings from the thermostats to automatically open and close the dampers in your ducts. This allows you to achieve the optimum settings according to your thermostat. Zone heating and cooling can prevent inconsistent temperatures, so you’re comfortable wherever you are. It also allows you to turn off heating and cooling in rooms you aren’t currently using, like a guest room.

Save With Zone Heating and Cooling

Zone heating and cooling can save you money, since you’re only heating or cooling the rooms you need rather than the entire house. HVAC costs add up fast, accounting for 42% of a household’s energy bill each year, according to the Department of Energy. Homeowners may be resistant to transition to a zoned system because the installation costs are higher, especially if you’re retrofitting an existing structure. The duct system for zone heating and cooling is complex, and with more moving parts, there’s more opportunity for something to go wrong.  But the increased efficiency of a zoned system can save you hundreds of dollars annually, offsetting the initial outlay. Zone heating is a logical, efficient way to regulate the temperature in different parts of your home for maximum comfort. Want to learn more? Call Newcomb and Company today to get your heating and cooling systems under control.

 

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