What Is HVAC Zoning?

Posted On: March 4, 2016

Central heating and air is the optimal way to heat and cool your home. However, your system may still struggle to keep every room comfortable during Northern Utah’s bitter winters and hot summers. If this sounds familiar, upgrading to a zoning system could be the solution you’re looking for.

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HVAC Zoning

Zoning is when specific rooms are heated and cooled based on when and where you spend your time. Instead of trying to condition the entire house based on a single thermostat’s settings, HVAC zoning incorporates multiple thermostats to take readings throughout the home.

Picture what it would be like if your home had only a single light switch. Your electric bills would climb due to the wasted energy and fail to meet everyone’s needs simultaneously. Similarly, heating and cooling your entire home with a single thermostat is bound to waste energy and make some occupants unhappy.

Do I Need Zoning?

You could benefit from HVAC zoning if any of the following apply to your home:

  • Multiple stories.
  • Large open areas with vaulted ceilings.
  • Finished basement or attic.
  • Rooms with expansive windows, especially on south-facing walls.
  • Different temperature needs in different areas of the home.
  • Heating and cooling needs vary at different times of day.
  • Only a portion of the home is built over a concrete slab.
  • Wings extend off the main living area.

How HVAC Zoning works

In a zoning system, multiple thermostats are installed so each zone can be controlled independently. Each thermostat is electrically connected to a control panel, which operates dampers throughout the heating and cooling system. These dampers open and close depending on ambient temperatures and thermostat settings, and conditioned air circulates throughout your home to automatically deliver peak comfort where you need it most.

Zoning systems are being installed more and more often in new homes. Even if you’re not constructing a new residence, you can retrofit your existing home to include this advanced option in interior comfort.

Benefits of HVAC Zoning

  • Comfort: Zoning meets the specific temperature and airflow requirements of everyone in the home. With a zoning system, there’s no need for Dad to roast in the upstairs office so the napping baby can be warm and cozy in her room.
  • Efficiency: With the help of an HVAC professional, you can design the perfect zoning system for your home’s layout and your family’s needs. The more zones you have, the more control you have over the temperature in every room. You might separate the upstairs, main floor and basement into three separate zones for more consistent heating and cooling on every floor. You can also delineate zones based on occupancy, placing public living areas and bedrooms on separate zones. The right design could result in tremendous savings and improved comfort.
  • Control: Zoning divides the house into different areas you can control with the touch of a button. Change the settings as frequently as you want, and install a programmable thermostat to get even more out of each zone.
  • Extended equipment life: Heating and cooling specific zones instead of the entire home reduces your equipment’s workload. This puts less stress on the HVAC system and helps the most important components last longer, preventing repairs and saving you money.
  • Quiet operation: Since zones require less heating and cooling than the entire house on the whole, your system operates at lower speeds, which lends itself to a quieter system.

For more information about upgrading to an HVAC zoning system, please contact the experts at Mountain Air Conditioning & Heating. Contact us online or give us a call for service in the Ogden, Utah area.