Not all the rooms in your southwest Oklahoma home need the same amount of heating and cooling. Bedrooms, for example, are often in use during the night when no other part of your house is occupied, and rooms with lots of sun exposure may need more cooling than basement areas. With a traditional central HVAC system, your entire home is heated or cooled to a single standard. A zoning system can change that.
Home zoning systems include specially-balanced dampers in your ductwork, allowing you to control the HVAC airflow to different parts of your home. In contrast to simply closing off vents in certain rooms, home zoning also manages return airflow so that you’re not continually feeding your system with unconditioned air. By allowing you to tailor your heating and cooling to your actual needs, you can cut down on energy waste that comes from managing unused rooms — and you can can boost your home comfort, as well.
A home zoning system can be paired with smart or programmable thermostats in order to really fine tune your energy use. This would allow you to heat bedrooms at night, a home office through the day, and dining and family rooms through the evening hours.
In addition to considering the schedule of how you use the various rooms in your home, you should pay attention to architectural features if you’re considering a zoning system. Upper-story rooms will often be warmer than ground-floor rooms because heat rises. Rooms with cathedral ceilings will require more heating and cooling, and rooms with a lot of windows may experience both more heat gain and heat loss. To get an idea of how your home uses energy, contact your local HVAC experts and consider scheduling a home energy audit.
If you have any questions about how a home zoning system can benefit you, contact Davis Air Conditioning today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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