Do I need a zoned home? Posted March 29, 2016 Do I Need a Zoned Home? A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by an individual 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 fix you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when working with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling bill. How Does It Work? After the zones of your home have been determined, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow throughout your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to ensure you can personalize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are linked to a control panel that runs your HVAC system. Is A Zoned Home Right for Me? A simple way to note the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled every light in your home with one switch. That would be very inefficient and wouldn’t make much sense. 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 properly insulated and constructed well can be uncomfortable from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that cause this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all discovered in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are likely to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a specific thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort preferences. A zoned home will not only save you on bills, but it will keep you and your family more comfortable. If you’re buying a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our experts 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 professionals are just a phone call away. Give us a call at 559-900-1170.