Pros and Cons of a Zoning System

May 29, 2017

If you’ve tried all you can to make your home comfortable throughout but can’t seem to balance the temperatures, you may need a zoning system. Such a system makes it possible to keep separate areas of your home at different temperatures. You’ll save energy, increase comfort and extend the life of your HVAC system.

What They Are

Zoning systems make it possible to provide cooling and heating to just the places where you need it rather than conditioning the whole house at once. The installation team divides the home into separate areas that share thermal properties and wires separate thermostats to a central control panel. They put automated zone dampers into the ductworks that open and close based on the individual zone’s need for conditioned air.

Home Characteristics for Zoning Systems

Your home may be a good candidate for a zoning system if it has:

  • Two or more stories.
  • Rambling, single story floorplans.
  • Raised ceiling plates in a few rooms.
  • More windows in one area.
  • Rooms that are seldom used.
  • Chronically hot or cold rooms.
  • Household members who have different temperature preferences or needs.

Advantages and Disadvantages

On the plus side, a zoning system:

  • Ensures your comfort. Since each zone has its own thermostat, you’ll be able to keep each zone at a comfortable temperature.
  • Saves energy. Your HVAC system won’t work as hard to keep one zone at a comfortable temperature compared to supplying cooled air to the entire home. Combined with a programmable thermostat, your energy savings will increase even more.
  • Lowers wear and tear. Because the system won’t have to condition your entire home each time it runs, it won’t work as hard, which increases its lifetime.

On the downside, zoning systems increase the cost of a new HVAC system and could make troubleshooting down the road more challenging, since there are more components.

Overall, a zoning system offers the advantages of lower energy bills and enhanced comfort, an intangible that will increase your enjoyment of home. For more information, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, serving homeowners in Monmouth County.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).