Zoned Systems

Ask the expert: Zoned Systems

A lot of times, there are rooms in your house that are always warmer or colder than others are. There can be many explanations for this, and we recommend getting one of our technicians to evaluate your situation. Due to how physics work, heat rises, so rooms on second or third floors are often too warm. On the other hand, basement rooms are typically too cold. Rooms with vaulted ceilings have a difficult time retaining heat, while rooms that receive long hours of sunlight are often difficult to cool down.

How Does A Zoned System Work?

House with diff temperatures

The concept of a zoned system is pretty simple. It involves multiple thermostats that are wired to a control panel, which operates dampers within the ductwork of your forced-air system. The thermostats constantly read the temperature of their specific zone, then open or close the dampers within the ductwork according to the thermostat’s settings. Not only is this helpful for houses with inconsistent room temperatures, but it’s also great for heating or cooling individual bedrooms based on the desired temperature setting. If you have a usually empty guest room, just shut the door and close the damper.

If installed properly, zoned systems can help you save money on your energy bills. However, improper installation can reduce performance by as much as 30% (ENERGY STAR). Unfortunately, we see lots of zoned systems that are improperly installed. Not every home is a good candidate for zoning.

What type of home is ideal for an automatic zoned system?

• Large homes
• Multi-level homes
• Homes that have areas that get used heavily or areas that get used very seldom

How long do zone systems last?

• Up to 20 years

What considerations you should make before getting rid of your zoned system?

• Homes with zones were built to have zones for cost savings.
• You will be giving up comfort, control, & efficiency.
• You will have to manually adjust dampers at least twice a year, every year.

If you currently have a zoned system and you are thinking of replacing it or getting rid of it, the experts at Standard Heating & Air Conditioning can help with that decision. Exceptional service is just part of the deal when you work with Standard Heating. It has been since 1930, and we’ve served satisfied homeowners over four generations.

ADDITIONAL SOURCE: How Stuff Work