Controlled Comfort With Zoning Systems

Do you have trouble keeping all the areas of your house at a consistent temperature? Are there members of your household who prefer to be warmer or cooler than others?

Some areas of your home may be naturally warmer, while others seem to be perpetually chilly. Cold air falls to lower levels and basements, heat rises, south-facing rooms soak up energy while windows in other rooms lose it.

The solution? Zoning systems can help with temperature issues if your home has trouble spots or people who are hard to please.

Some home designs that may call for zoning systems include:

  • Having two or more stories
  • Sprawling one-level homes, such as ranch-style houses
  • High lofts or vaulted ceilings
  • Areas of the house built on a concrete slab
  • Added rooms, finished basements or attics

Zoning systems use dampers that direct cool and warm airflow to cool down rooms that are always too warm or to warm up rooms that are too cool.   The dampers, or valves, can be closed for rooms that don’t need a temperature change. Zoning systems won’t change the way your HVAC system  functions.

These systems can stabilize the temperature throughout your house, and save energy by preventing your HVAC unit from adjusting areas that don’t require it. Making frequent thermostat adjustments can strain your HVAC system. Constant stops and starts use more energy and wear down your equipment more quickly.

Different zoning  systems are available. Some make use of a separate thermostat for each area. Other systems have sensors in each area, which are all connected to a central control location. This enables you to adjust the temperature in children’s rooms, for example,  without giving the children control of the thermostat. Zoning systems also can set the temperature for certain times and places, such as warming up your bedroom in the morning.

To learn more about whether a zoning system would benefit your home, call Simpson Air. We’ll  keep your home a comfortable place to live.