Imagine you’re looking at a house to buy, and the home in question has only one light switch to control all the lighting in the living space. That doesn’t make much sense, does it? Well, if you are using a central air conditioner in the summer, and a forced-air heating system in the winter, without zone controls, then your HVAC systems are operating on basically the same principle.
With how hot our summers get—and we’re in the thick of it now—it makes sense that you want to have efficient and effective cooling for your home. With a zone control system installation in Woodstock, GA, you can take greater control over the way in which you cool (and heat) your home to ensure this efficiency.
How Does This Work?
Zone control systems enable you to adjust temperatures in a single zone in your home without the need to raise or lower the temperature in others. The technology behind zone control cooling and heating are fairly straightforward.
And before you ask, no, simply shutting registers or vents through your home will not have the same effect as using a zone control system (and none of the benefits). In fact, doing this will create an imbalance in your AC system, making it work harder than it should have to. Vents and registers are meant to direct airflow, not to close it off.
A zone control system is specifically designed to allow cooling or heating to multiple spaces within your home, with multiple mechanical dampers installed throughout your air ducts. These are wired into a central control panel, along with thermostats for each area—zone—of your home. When you adjust any given thermostat, the related dampers will adjust in order to meet and maintain the temperature desired in that temperature zone. The zone control system will modulate the operation of your air conditioner to make sure that temperatures stay at the set level.
What Are the Benefits?
We’ve already alluded to the main benefit of utilizing a zone control system—the ability to maintain different temperatures in different areas of your house. The truth of the matter is that some people are comfortable at different temperatures than others. Utilizing a zone control system can help you prevent family arguments over temperature settings—let’s face it, it happens!
But zone control cooling and heating don’t just bring peace to your household. It can help you live more comfortably at a less cost, as well. When you turn down the AC or turn up the heater in the areas that don’t really need it during the day (like in empty bedrooms or guest rooms), you can cut back on your HVAC costs. Not only that but using your forced-air climate control system strategically like this also means you can help to cut down on the wear and tear to your system.
Wonder if a zone control system is right for you? Our team will be happy to help you decide, or provide alternative options to maximize your home comfort. As a general rule, multi-level homes or large homes with many rooms, which suffer from uneven heating or cooling, tend to benefit the most from these systems.
Contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC 7 days a week for a personalized response to your needs. If we don’t have the answer, we will find it for you!