What Are HVAC Zone Control Systems?

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In the winter, you might find it annoying to find that your teenager has cranked up the heat. Teenagers have no idea of how much a few degrees on the thermostat can change your heating bill. Maybe your teenager is actually freezing. It’s possible that their bedroom does not heat up as fast as the rest of your home. There is a way to make sure that colder rooms have their own temperature controls without raising your heating bill. It’s called an HVAC Zone Control Systems and they can help make sure everyone in your home is comfortable. If your winter heating bills are out of control, consider HVAC zones for your home. Edelman is Champaign’s go-to guy for all HVAC questions and upgrades. 

How Does an HVAC Zone Control System Work?

With traditional-style furnaces and ductwork, air travels through your ducts and into each room until a desired temperature is reached at the thermostat. However, the room furthest away from the furnace and the thermostat might not be at the same temperature as the rest of the house before the heat shuts off. That makes this room particularly colder than all the rest. 

With HVAC zone control systems, you divide your home into zones, like a top floor and a bottom floor, and each zone has its own thermostat. Dampers are installed throughout the ductwork to create the zones. A thermostat is installed in each zone and when the temperature is reached in a zone, the damper closes. If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel, each room usually has its own air handler with a thermostat. This is a zoned system. Each room is a zone to ensure every guest’s comfort. 

Benefits of HVAC Zone Control Systems

Besides personal comfort, there are many other reasons why having an HVAC zone control system makes sense for your home. Many customers with zoned systems report major energy savings. In fact, zoning can save you up to 35% in energy savings.  With a zoned system, you can simply close the dampers on unused rooms to save energy. When someone changes the thermostat in one zone, it doesn’t affect all the other zones. The system won’t release heated or cooled air into any other zone, which means it uses less energy to achieve the desired temperature. 

Another benefit of a zoned system is improved indoor air quality. Germs, allergens, and other irritants travel through the ductwork of your home and can spread quickly from room to room. Dampers in a controlled system only circulate the air in the zone they’re in. This is ideal to prevent the spread of illness in your home. You can confine a sick family member to a particular zone and no one else in the family will have to worry about the spread of germs. 

Scenarios That Are Best for HVAC Zone Control Systems 

If your home is two or more floors, it might be a good idea to consider an HVAC zone control system, especially if you have lots of family members who are always adjusting the thermostat. Many empty-nesters like to turn off the zones in unoccupied rooms to keep the common areas comfortable without wasting energy on empty rooms. 

Homes with high ceilings and large windows contribute to heat loss. With a zoned system, you can combat this by raising the room’s temperature frequently so heat can circulate more, making the room warmer overall. 

On the other hand, if your house gets more direct sunlight on one side versus the other, zones can also help prevent these sunny rooms from being too hot. You can lower the temperature in these sunny rooms without cooling down the rest of the house. 

Call Edelman To Install an HVAC Zone Control System In Your Home

If you’re ready to experience a more energy-efficient home and improved air quality control, then it’s time to have an HVAC zone control system installed in your home. The professional team at Edelman is happy to help. Call us today to help us figure out how many zones are ideal for your home and other ways you can save on your heating and cooling bills. 


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