Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system separates your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by its own thermostat. Are some areas in your home more comfortable than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that can play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one solution you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfortable, but when working with programmable thermostats, it could also help you save on your heating and cooling costs. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow through your entire home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to ensure you can modify and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are connected to a control panel that operates your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to think through the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled each light in your home with a single switch. That would be incredibly inefficient and not practical at all. The same is true for having one thermostat controlling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are typically mapped out by determining the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs. Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can be impacted from hot and cold spots. Some typical architectural features that lead to this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all found out in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are going to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a separate thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be adjusted to your family’s personal comfort desires. A zoned home will not only save you on bills, but it can keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re installing a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our pros are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about zoned homes or anything related to your family’s comfort, our team is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 815-410-1231.