Summer is just around the corner, and hopefully you’ve already gotten your air conditioning system ready for the added strain of operating on a daily basis. Preventive maintenance is never a bad idea when it comes to preparing your air conditioner for summer, but it’s not the only thing you can do to make sure you get the most out of your system. Read on to find out more about how zone control can help you stay cool this summer.
A zone control system is a number of large valves, which are installed throughout the ducts in your home. These valves can open and close to direct the flow of air through your ducts. Each valve has its own thermostat, which is installed in the nearest room and wired to both it and the air conditioner. When one of these thermostats requires air conditioning, it opens the appropriate valves and turns on the system. This allows the zone control system to direct all air conditioning output to just the parts of the home that need it.
Advantages of Zone Control
One of the biggest issues with central air conditioning is that it wastes a lot of energy on parts of the home that don’t need it. This all-or-nothing approach leads to empty rooms receiving a lot of output, along with rooms that may not need quite as much (or quite a bit more) output than the rest of the house. Central air conditioning is often responsible for the creation of hot and cold spots throughout the house, and costs more to operate due to its inability to modulate its output. With a zone control system, though, you can make sure that your air conditioner only cools the parts of the home that you want it to cool.