How Zoning Your Home Saves You Money
If you’ve ever felt too hot or too cold in any of the rooms of your Highland Park, Illinois home, zoning is the perfect solution to your problems. By using multiple thermostats, zoning allows you to set the right temperatures for the rooms in your homes. As opposed to a single, central thermostat, zoning gives you the versatility to control different areas of the house, resulting in better energy use and lower monthly bills. Here are a few ways in which zoning saves you money.
Although central HVAC units work well for smaller homes, the larger your space, the more problems you’ll incur as a result. For example, rooms that receive a lot of sunlight will need more cooling during the hot months or less heating power in the cool months. In addition, rooms on the upper floors hold heat much more than the first floor or basement. Because of the temperature variances, it’s hard to maintain the right level of comfort throughout, with a single thermostat.
Zoning fixes this problem because it allows you to set multiple temperatures within the home. Consequently, the HVAC system doesn’t work as hard to produce the results you desire. Another purchase to consider is a smart thermostat for every zone. By using a smart thermostat for each zone, you ultimately create a system that is able to regulate itself. Overall, this lowers monthly bills and improves HVAC efficiency.
Reducing Wasteful Energy Use
As mentioned before, a single thermostat often leads to comfort problems in the home because each room has its own temperature needs. If it is hard to maintain the right temperature level in any room during the winter, you generally respond by cranking up the heat. However, doing so heats the entire home rather than just the room you are occupying at that time. This, of course, underscores the importance of zoning. It effectively targets the rooms or areas that need specific air conditioning. Then, it closes dampers that allow the air to reach other areas of your home, directing the air to where it’s needed. This increases energy efficiency dramatically and allows you to reap the benefits of a more advanced HVAC system.
Relying on central HVAC systems and single thermostats ends up being wasteful. The system has to work harder to provide the desired temperature levels through your entire home. This places a greater burden on your heating and cooling system which not only results in increased energy consumption, but also higher energy bills. It will also lead to increase wear and tear. You are likely to need more repairs and servicing than you would with more efficient zoning systems.
Ductwork and Mini-Splits
It is important to note that zoning your home is a costly venture in terms of the initial price. This often requires you to reroute ductwork, which significantly affects the cost. You recover the costs over time as a result of energy savings, but there is still another way to zone your home.
Ductless mini-splits are a great way to heat and cool your home due to the ease of installation, increased efficiency, and the reduction in utility bills. These units use an outdoor compressor to pump heat or cooled air into the home. However, they are much more efficient because they use only the minimum amount of energy necessary to control the temperature. You also save even more because you eliminate air lost through the ductwork. As with the ducted systems, you will also quickly recover the initial investment costs.
If you’ve decided to consider more energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your home, then zoning is a good option. If you would like more information about zoning, and ways to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, consult the experts at Carefree Comfort, Inc. today. Call us at 847-388-0115 to speak with a member of our team or to schedule an appointment. Our technicians have the training and experience to expertly install zoning and other types of HVAC systems. We can help you to find the right solutions for your home and according to your budget.
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