Solve Thermostat Disputes with Zone Based Heating & Cooling
Are there uneven temperatures in your home? Do you find yourself in constant fights with other household members about the thermostat setting? In many homes, especially those with multiple floors, getting the right temperature for every member of your household is difficult, if not impossible.
Luckily, there is an answer to this common HVAC problem. It's called a Home Zoning System or Zone Based Heating & Cooling.
What is Zone Based Heating & Cooling?
You can eliminate hot and cold spots in your home and increase your comfort by installing a home zoning system. With a zone based heating & cooling system, you will be able to control the temperatures in your home more accurately. By having separate thermostats and controls, you will not only increase your comfort, but save on your energy bills as well.
Most homeowners think they need to live with hot and cold spots, but that is not true. There are many factors that contribute to uneven temperatures in the home: sunlight, rising heat, vaulted ceilings, insulation, ventilation, thermostat problems, improper HVAC sizing, and more. The only way to make up for these temperature anomalies is to install a zone based heating & cooling system for your home.
As the image above shows, various rooms tend to be different temperatures. You no longer have to tolerate a hot bedroom or a cold living room with a zone based heating & cooling system. The system will help you increase your comfort by allowing you to control your specific temperature needs in designated areas (zones) of your home.
How Zoned Heating & Cooling Systems Work
Home zoning systems are the answer to all of your temperature problems. Although 2 zones will normally do the trick, you can create as many zones as you like. Perhaps you need a zone specifically for your office, one for the basement, and another for the rest of the house. No problem!
Zone based heating & cooling systems work by having seperate thermostats wired to your central control panel. These systems are electronically connected to dampers in your ductwork that help to distribute the conditioned air where you want it.
In a typical HVAC system, whenever you turn on the furnace or air conditioner, the air gets pushed out to all the rooms in your home, regardless of those rooms' temperatures. With zoned heating and cooling, however, the duct dampers act as control valves to send the conditioned air only where you need it. Think of all the money and energy you will save by not having to heat or cool the whole home every time your turn on your HVAC system!
And don't think that you can save money and energy by closing off the air registers in unused rooms. This is a common mistake made by homeowners that actually does more harm than good. You will end up creating uneccessary strain on your HVAC system, potentially causing expensive repairs down the road. Read this explanation by energyvanguard.com for more reasons why you should NOT close off registers in unused rooms.
The Solution to Uneven Temperatures
If you and your other household members are constantly bickering over the thermostat setting, maybe you each need your own. Zone based heating & cooling is the answer to this problem, and a fairly simple solution. Furthermore, your system won't be running when it doesn't have to.
Another zoned heating & cooling solution you might want to check out is a ductless mini-split system. As the name implies, they operate without ducts and can be installed in any area of your home. Each ductless mini-split system will have its own remote control, allowing you to gain control over those hot and cold spots.
For more information about ductless mini-split systems and zone based heating & cooling, don't hesitate to give the experts at Gold Medal Service a call – 1-800-553-6060.
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And don't forget about your annual air conditioning tune-up!