Imagine having all of the light switches in your home on one switch. This is the approach that many take with their home’s heating and cooling system. Even though different areas of your home have different temperature fluctuations and needs, just like the individual family members who live there.
Zoning your home’s HVAC system essentially means that you’ve partitioned sections of your home into zones and you can set the thermostat for that zone to the comfort level needed by the occupants of that zone or where that zone is located in your home. Think of home zoning as personalized comfort. And who doesn’t want that in their own home, right?
Who can benefit from zoned temperature control?
- Homes with more than one floor
- Homes with large, open areas such as lofts, atriums, or vaulted ceilings
- Homes with finished, livable basements
- Homes with rooms that get blocked off or unused in the winter or summer because of temperature issues
- Homes containing rooms with large windows
- Homes where families are battling over the thermostat or fighting over the temperature
What problems are solved by zoned temperature control?
- Temperatures varying from one floor of your home to another
- Wasted energy heating and cooling seldom-used rooms, such as formal dining rooms or guest bedrooms
- Overcooled or overheated internal rooms in your home
- Disagreements between family members who can’t agree on temperatures and fight over the thermostat
- Special needs for specific purpose rooms, such as home gyms or home offices
- Special needs for transition rooms in your home, such as sunrooms, walk-out basements, or bonus rooms
What are some common ways that zoning solutions are used?
Some families use zoning to focus on keeping living areas comfortable during the day; flip flopping it at night, so the bedrooms maintain a comfortable temperature during sleeping hours. Other families have found that they can focus more on the rooms that are used the most throughout the season, and reduce the energy to heat/cool those less-used rooms until they’re needed.
Want to read about additional ways zoning solutions are used? Check out these case studies from Mitsubishi Electric.
What are the benefits to a zoning solution for your home?
- High tech comfort control solutions can improve your home’s resale value
- Personalized comfort for all of your home’s residents
- Highly flexible solutions
- Saving on utility bills
- Improved air quality
- Easy control from anywhere - many zoned comfort solutions can be linked with smartphone apps, allowing homeowners to control thermostat settings, get alerts, and adjust operating times from wherever.
- Quieter systems
Is zoning your HVAC system DIY?
Adding zoning to an existing HVAC system is not a DIY project. This is definitely one where you’d want to consult with an HVAC professional.
DIY Network’s 2017 Ultimate Retreat selected Zoned Comfort Solutions for their occupants in every square foot of their house. Read more about that project here. Want to tour the Ultimate Retreat’s customized solution? Want to read more about the technology behind Mitsubishi Electric’s Zoned Comfort Solutions?
Are you interested in speaking with one of ServiceOne’s HVAC professionals about a zoning solution for your home? Contact us today.