Save Money, Improve Comfort with Zoned Heating and Cooling

It doesn’t make sense to heat or cool a room that isn’t occupied. Why waste money maintaining a 70° temperature in a bedroom that’s only used at night? If only there was a way to redirect that air to another part of the home …

There is. It’s called a zoned cooling and heating system. This system divides the home into separate areas, each with its own custom climate control. One room could be 68° and another 72°, while the unoccupied zones aren’t receiving any air flow.

All this saves money and improves comfort. And it just might save your marriage.

That’s a slight exaggeration, but a zoned HVAC system can help smooth relations between couples who clash over the thermostat. Here’s how:

How a Zoned System Improves Comfort

Unlike a conventional HVAC system, which delivers conditioned air to every corner of the home, a zoned system uses electronically controlled dampers in the ductwork to distribute air only where it’s needed. Each zone is controlled by a thermostat so everyone in the house can enjoy their own preferred comfort level.

Plus, this approach provides more consistent comfort by eliminating hot or cold spots typical of a conventional HVAC system. This is especially true for two-story homes. The second floor can be unbearably hot in the summer, while the downstairs remains cold in winter. Zoning can deliver more precise temperature control to those areas.

How a Zoned System Saves Money

A zoned system significantly more efficient. A conventional HVAC unit has to work harder to heat or cool the whole home, but a zoned system bypasses areas where air flow isn’t needed, supplying cool or warm air to only those zones that call for it. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates zoned systems trim the average heating and cooling bill by as much as 30%.

Add Zones to Your Existing HVAC System

You can retrofit your current HVAC system to accommodate zoned climate control. An HVAC professional will outfit your ducts with dampers and install a control panel which communicates between the thermostats in each zone, dampers and HVAC unit.

Bottom line: Zoned heating and cooling is more efficient than your all-or-nothing HVAC system. And it provides each zone precise temperature control, resolving those irksome thermostat spats once and for all. For all your heating and cooling needs, contact Complete Comfort at 317-671-7552.

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