You’re probably already taking steps to get your home ready for the heating season, like schedule heating maintenance and such. That’s all well and good, but it’s not the only thing you can do. If you’re using a centralized forced air system, there’s one more thing you can do to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. Read on to find out more about how zone control can help you out.
A zone control system is designed to split your home’s ducts up into different zones, which it does through the installation of dampers. These dampers open and close to control the flow of air through the ducts. Each zone created by these dampers has its own thermostat installed in it, which controls both the climate control systems and the dampers in its area. When a thermostat needs to adjust the temperature, it opens the right dampers and activates the climate control system. This allows you to control which parts of your home receive climate control, without affecting the rest of the zones.
Advantages of Using Zone Control
Without zone control, centralized forced air systems can only condition the entire home or none of it. This blanket approach leads to a lot of wasted energy. Some rooms have differences in insulation or sunlight exposure, which changes their ideal output levels for heating or air conditioning. These areas often get too little or too much output when the rest of the house is being conditioned, creating hot uncomfortable hot and cold spots. Empty rooms also receive heating and air conditioning when they don’t need it, wasting even more energy. With zone control, you never have to worry about output going to a part of the home that doesn’t need it. This makes your home more energy efficient, and more comfortable.
Saddleback Plumbing offers zone control services throughout Trabuco Canyon, CA.