How Creating Comfort Zones In Your Home Can Cut Your Costs

Does your home suffer from uneven temperatures? Do you have a multi-story home that’s never the same temperature from one floor to the next? Do your family members have a serious difference of opinion on what a comfortable temperature is? Have the kids moved out and now you’re not using all the rooms in your home anymore?

Does your home suffer from uneven temperatures? Do you have a multi-story home that’s never the same temperature from one floor to the next? Do your family members have a serious difference of opinion on what a comfortable temperature is? Have the kids moved out and now you’re not using all the rooms in your home anymore?

If you’ve answered any of these questions with a yes, you may do well to have an HVAC zoning system installed in your home. With HVAC zoning, you’re able to divide your home into comfort zones that are customized to suit your family’s needs; each zone has its own thermostat so you can set temperatures that suit everyone without experiencing any drama or overspending on wasted energy.

How Does HVAC Zoning Work?

There are many ways to implement HVAC zoning, but the most straightforward way to do it is by installing a central zone controller and a series of mechanical dampers in your ductwork. Whereas traditionally your thermostat is connected directly to your HVAC unit, with HVAC zoning your thermostats are connected to the zone controller, which is in turn connected to the dampers and HVAC unit.

For example, in a home without zoning, the thermostat tells the HVAC unit it’s too warm in the house and the HVAC unit pumps out cold air until the thermostat tells it the house is cool enough. In a home with zoning, the thermostats in Zone 1 and Zone 2 tell your zone controller it’s cool enough inside while the thermostat in Zone 3 says it’s too warm; the zone controller then relays the need for cool air to the HVAC and adjusts the dampers to direct all that cold air to Zone 3. Zone 3 is cooled off and Zones 1 & 2 are unaffected.

How HVAC Zoning Saves Money

You may wonder how having more thermostats is going to shave dollars from your power bills. After all, if multiple thermostats are telling your HVAC unit to run, wouldn’t that lead to using more energy? Well, no actually.

By having multiple zones in your home, you can set each zone’s temperature to meet your needs, meaning each zone gets exactly as much heating and cooling as is necessary. It takes a lot less energy to heat and cool a small space within your home than to cool your whole home, meaning you won’t have to waste energy and money on:

  • Overcooling your home in an attempt to get the hottest rooms cool enough.
  • Freezing the first floor in order to cool the second floor.
  • Fighting over control of the thermostat.
  • Paying to heat and cool rooms you don’t use.

Not only does an HVAC zoning system save money on your energy bills, it can also help extend the operating life of your HVAC unit. The unit spends less time running each day, reducing its wear and tear. This translates to a longer service life and fewer lifetime repairs. That can add up to a lot of money saved over the years!

If you’re ready to install an HVAC zoning system in your Coachella Valley home or need general maintenance done on your air conditioner, call Hyde’s at (760) 360-2202 to schedule an appointment.