Do you have hot or cold spots in your home or business property? If so, then Temperature Zoning can help divide the property into different zones, or areas, which can be cooled and heated independently as needed. It is also an excellent way to keep energy costs down as you can choose to heat or cool only the areas of the home that are being used.
Why Do I Need Zoning?
The easiest way to explain temperature zoning systems is to compare it to lighting in your home. You don't turn on the lights in every single room - just the one you are using at that time! Temperature zoning works on a similar concept. Even the smallest home has at least 2 zones - the area you sleep in and the main airea where you spend your waking hours! Zoning allows you to heat or cool only the zone you are currently using. That can extend across multiple zones in larger homes and businesses.
You might have more than one floor. There may be one person who prefers to be cooler than the others, so their room is a separate zone. Some rooms, like a formal dining room at home or conference room at work, might only be for occasional use. Zoning allows you to take these factors into account and only heat or cool the areas you need to at any given time. This not only makes you more comfortable, but cuts your energy bills by as much as 33%.
How Does Zoning Work?
A common misconception is that you need a separate heating and cooling system in each room in order to achieve temperature zoning. This is not the case! A more efficient way is to configure your ductwork with dampeners that can be opened or closed depending on the instructions from the thermostat in that particular zone. If a zone currently does not need to be heated or cooled, the dampeners close until needed.
Is Temperature Zoning Right For You?
Most people can benefit from zoning, but we would particularly recommend considering temperature zoning in the following situations:
- Where the property has multiple levels
- When rooms have large windows
- If the property has a large open area such as a foyer or an area with vaulted ceilings
- Finished basements and attic spaces
- Indoor swimming pool or hot tub area
- When certain rooms seem consistently hot or cold compared with other areas
- When you spend the majority of the day at home
- If you have rooms that are only used occasionally