The Zoning System — For Custom Comfort Wherever You Are
If you want to save money on your home cooling bill this summer and still keep each room comfortable, consider an HVAC zoning system. A zoning system supplies conditioned air in each part of your home, or zone, based on the temperature in that area. This is different from the traditional system, in which conditioned air pours out of the vents in the entire house, based on the temperature in one room — often cooling some rooms more than is necessary.
How It Works
Because warm air rises, the higher floors of a home are always hotter than the first floor. Rooms facing the sun or rooms with a lot of windows also can be hotter than other parts of a home. With a conventional forced-air cooling system, conditioned air is pumped out to cool off the room in which the single thermostat is located — even though other rooms may be hotter or colder. With a zoning system, each zone has its own thermostat, and the system will release conditioned air to each area separately, based on its actual needs.
How It Saves
The savings from using the zoning system are found in two ways. The first is that the system will not be wasting energy cooling the whole house when only one zone needs it. Savings are also found by programming the system to reduce the amount of conditioned air going to zones that are not in use during certain times of the day.
Certain equipment is required for a zoning system:
- Virtually any type of forced-air system will be suitable, although it is more energy efficient if it has variable speeds.
- A programmable control panel that can control all the zones.
- Thermostats for each zone.
- Motorized dampers to ensure that conditioned air only goes to the zone or zones that require it.
For more information on home zoning systems, contact us at Symbiont Service Corp.
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