Is Zone Heating and Cooling Right for Me?

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In North Carolina, constant temperature changes are the norm. In Blowing Rock in 1978, the temperature changed by 63° in a 24-hour period! It’s not uncommon to start the morning in a winter coat and switch to shorts by the afternoon. While the weather changes certainly keep things exciting (and our wardrobes fresh), it can wreak havoc on energy bills and seriously confuse our HVAC systems.

Imagine if every time you turned on the water in one room, water came out of every faucet in your home.You would be wasting a lot of water (and money), and it would be impossible to maintain the temperature you wanted at the faucet you were using. This is how a typical HVAC system works. When you change the temperature on the thermostat, air comes out of all of the open vents in your home. Want to change that? You have to go room to room, adjusting the dampers and vents.

A zone heating and cooling system gives you more control over the temperature in different parts of your home.  Multiple thermostats are connected to a central control panel in your home. When you change the temperature, your system automatically adjusts the dampers based on your settings for each zone. The result: more control over your environment and lower energy costs.

Zone heating and cooling systems make sense in almost every instance. It can even solve some of the most common problems we see in homes – like that never-ending argument over the best thermostat temperature settings. Here are two other issues that zone heating and cooling can help resolve.

Uneven Temperatures in Multi-Story Homes

Multi-story homes can get very uncomfortable when controlled by a single thermostat. Imagine it’s the middle of December. It’s hot upstairs, but freezing downstairs. You turn down the thermostat to cool off your bedroom, but you dread getting out of bed in the morning. You’re going to need to really bundle up before you make that trek downstairs for a cup of coffee!

Uneven temperature is extremely common, especially in a multi-story home. Zoned systems allow you to control the temperature settings on each floor of your house independently. Plus, a programmable thermostat lets you set a schedule up, so you’ll never wake up cold again.

Room-By-Room Control

Some like it hot and some like it cold. Everyone has his or her own idea of comfort. Some zone heating and cooling systems let you set different temperatures for individual rooms. No more arguments over who touched the thermostat!

Do you have a guest room, formal living room, or some other area that you don’t use very often? If you’re heating and cooling those rooms, you’re wasting energy and money. A room-by-room zone HVAC system could be just the ticket.

Zone heating and cooling saves money and energy, and makes your home more comfortable for everyone. You don’t need to purchase an entirely new HVAC system to implement this cost-saver. Your system can be retrofitted for zone heating and cooling, or you can add a second HVAC system to create a separate zone. Want to learn more? Contact Newcomb and Company! We’re serving all your HVAC needs in Raleigh, Wilmington, and the surrounding areas.

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