Zone Control for Heating and Cooling
Depending on the size of your home, the quality of your insulation, and how new your heating and cooling system is, you’ve probably experienced rooms that are hotter or colder than others. We all know that hot air rises, which means upstairs rooms are probably hotter in the summer months. Some rooms are probably colder in the winter because they get less sunlight or don’t absorb heat from the rest of the house. It’s frustrating to accommodate for these rooms by piling on warm blankets, or cranking up the air conditioner to make certain areas more comfortable. It can be especially difficult at night, if you have a young child in a cold room or an older parent in a room that gets overheated. Then it turns from discomfort to a possible health risk. Contact Weather Crafters to receive support from the best professionals.
The solution is to personalize areas by installing zone controlled heating and cooling in your home. This allows you to set individual temperatures for specific rooms or areas, rather than setting the temperature for the whole floor. This convenient and easy-to-use system works by installing automatic dampers that open or close remotely and work in tandem with individual thermostats. The most basic setup would be having an upstairs zone and a downstairs zone that would allow you to adjust temperatures for each floor. However, you can personalize the space with multiple zones that fit your preferences and needs.
Why should you spend time and money switching to zone-controlled heating and cooling? Because you will save yourself from wasting energy, wasting money, and personal discomfort. In a traditional HVAC system, energy is used to keep your entire home at a consistent temperature. This uses a lot of energy, which translates to a higher bill – especially during the hottest and coldest months. It is an inefficient way to heat and cool your house. A traditional system doesn’t take into account that some rooms may naturally be warmer or cooler, and it can’t tell which spaces are not being used. Why pump air into an empty guest room that only gets used a few times a year? How can you tell your traditional HVAC system that the office is always colder than the rest of the house? You can’t really create an energy efficient system unless you make changes, but the good news is that you can make these changes to your existing system.
To integrate a zone controlled system to a pre-existing HVAC system, there are a few things that need to be installed.Trained technicians will come in and quickly make these adjustments that will allow your traditional system to become zone-controlled. Three things will be installed: Thermostats, a zone control panel, and remote-controlled dampers. Thermostats will be installed in each predetermined zone. This will allow each zone thermostat to send information to the zone control panel. The zone control panel will be installed and it is the command center of the entire HVAC system. It relays the information sent from the thermostats and tells the HVAC system what to do – to pump out more cold or hot air, or to keep things as they are. The control panel also works with the dampers, opening or closing them. If zone 1 is at a comfortable temperature, but zone 2 needs more cool air, the dampers will close to zone 1 and redirect the cooled air to zone 2. This allows the system to work more efficiently, keeping your home more comfortable and saving you money on your energy bill.
So instead of having to upgrade to an entirely new HVAC system, you can make your existing system more efficient. At Weather Crafters we have trained technicians that can help you determine the best way for you to turn your traditional system into a zone-controlled one. Contact us today to discuss your options.