What to Consider Before Using a Zoning System

What to Consider Before Using a Zoning SystemIf you’re one of the many homeowners who finds it difficult to keep your entire house cool and dehumidified during our hot, sticky Coastal Bend cooling seasons, installing a zoning system may be a solution. Zoning uses a central control panel, multiple thermostats and motorized duct dampers to create two or more independent areas for cooling.

Zoning can give you more precise control of your comfort system, and it can be a viable option if you have:

  1. A multi-level home. Since heat naturally rises, having separate zones can help alleviate temperature variations between the different levels of your multi-story home.
  2. A large home. With multiple HVAC zones, you’ll find it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout if you have a large home with a lot of square footage.
  3. A unique design or layout. If your home has a spread-out design, numerous large windows, or high or vaulted ceilings, zoning can provide more consistent cooling compared to having single-zone HVAC controlled by one centrally-located thermostat.

Pros and Cons of Zoning

Since your home and comfort needs are unique, it’s best to get personalized advice from a skilled, reputable HVAC contractor about whether a zoning system is a worthwhile investment for your situation. As a general guide, here are some pros and cons of zoning systems that you should consider:

Pros. Zoning can streamline comfort throughout your home and make cooling more efficient so you save energy. Zoning also gives you fine-tuned control of the operation of your A/C or heat pump, and this can reduce the workload on your cooling equipment. When your cooling system’s operation is optimized, it reduces the likelihood of costly breakdowns and prolongs the equipment’s useful lifespan.

Cons. Depending on the size and layout of your home, installing a zoning system may require dedicated HVAC equipment for each zone. To reap all the potential benefits from zoning, it’s also vital to have the system properly designed and skillfully installed by a knowledgeable, experienced HVAC pro.

To learn if a zoning system can boost comfort and energy savings in your Corpus Christi-area home, contact us at CCAC.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about your HVAC system, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.

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