Written by Brad Crawford
An ordinary non-zoned HVAC system poses two problems: it rarely maintains comfortable temperatures in every room, and it wastes energy by sending conditioned air where it isn’t needed. For greater comfort and efficiency, you need better control. Installing zoned heating and air conditioning in your Dallas, Texas home gives you just that.
A zoned system allows you to control the temperature in different parts of your home. The system depends on two features: motorized dampers (adjustable metal plates) in the ducts and a multizone programmable thermostat. The thermostat can be set to heat or cool separate zones independently at different times of the day. The dampers open and close to control airflow to each zone.
A well designed zoned heating and air conditioning system provides benefits such as:
Comfort in every room – Zoning allows you to heat or cool each part of your Dallas, Texas home based on your preferences. You can limit airflow to rarely used rooms while maintaining more comfortable temperatures in rooms you use often.
Zoning is especially important in multi-level homes. A single thermostat only maintains the temperature where it’s located, usually on the main first-floor level. Because warm air rises, however, the upstairs may be up to 10 degrees warmer than downstairs. Zoning uses multiple thermostats to maintain your preferred temperature on each level.
Better energy efficiency – A properly designed zoned heating and air conditioning system could lower your energy use by up to 20 percent, according to experts from the U.S. Department of Energy. You could save even more by programming multiple setbacks into your thermostat. These automatically reduce the heating or cooling when you’re asleep or away.
Greater convenience – With a zoned system, you can easily program different temperatures for your bedrooms at night and your living room during the day. What’s more, multiple thermostats let you adjust the temperature right where you are instead having to go to another part of the house.
A zoned heating and air conditioning system’s efficiency depends on proper design and installation. If you’re considering zoning for your home, contact us at Crawford Services. We have several decades of combined experience designing and installing efficient HVAC systems for Dallas-Fort Worth area homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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