HVAC Zoning Basics

What Is HVAC Zoning?

Many homes and businesses have a central heating and air conditioning system that uses one thermostat to control the whole house’s temperature. The only way to control the temperature in each room is to manually close off the outlets in that individual room. This can be time-consuming and be harmful to the HVAC system because it reduces the airflow. This could potentially shorten the life of the system. Zoning uses multiple thermostats to placed throughout a building to better control the temperature. For example, the temperature in the living room may be kept higher than in the bedrooms.

Advantages Of HVAC Zoning HVAC Zoning

Zoning allows home or business owners to save energy and money by not having to heat or cool rooms that don’t need it. The zoning system is installed by a professional. Another advantage would be enhanced comfort for your building. When you only have one thermostat, it makes it difficult to control the temperature in the room properly. Buildings with zoned HVAC systems can eliminate hot and cold spots. It is also convenient to have zoned HVAC systems because you can change the temperature in one room without walking into another room.

Installing A Zoned HVAC System

When installing a zoned HVAC system, it is best to let professionals take care of it. The professionals can make sure your home is zoned to meet your individual needs.

What Do You Need To Zone An Existing HVAC System?

To zone an existing HVAC System, you’ll need a zone control panel, thermostats, and zone dampers.

  • Zone Control Panel: This is the main control that communicates between dampers, thermostats, and the HVAC system.
  • Thermostats: The thermostat reads the temperature in each zone/room of your home. When the temperature gets too low or high, the system sends a signal to the control panel to adjust the room’s temperature.
  • Zone Dampers: These dampers are installed in the ductwork and regulate and control airflow to different zones in the house. They connect to a specific zone on the control panel, and depending on what the thermostat says, will automatically open or close.

Is My Home A Good Choice For A Zoned HVAC System?

No matter what type of home you have, you can benefit from a zoned system. However, homes with multiple levels or with floor-to-ceiling windows can greatly benefit from HVAC zoning. Open floor plan homes or homes with finished basements can also benefit from this as well. Homeowners can convert or retrofit almost any forced-air system for zone control.

Contact International Energy Conservation Consultants Today!

It is best to contact a professional to install your zoned HVAC system. Contact IECC LLC today and we can provide you with more information on HVAC zoning or answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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