When it comes to heating and cooling your home, there are a variety of options available. One of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions is to install a zoned HVAC system. Zoning is the practice of dividing your home's air conditioning system into sections, creating a separation between the different duct and ventilation systems. This allows you to set individual comfort levels for each section of your home, helping to conserve energy in the process.
There are three main types of zoning systems available. The first is a two-stage system, which uses two separate thermostats to control the temperature in different areas of the house. The second type is a multi-stage system, which uses multiple thermostats to control the temperature in different areas of the house. The third type is a single climate system that has a main trunk (the part of the duct network that is closest to the furnace fan), with several ducts.
If you have areas in your home that you rarely go to and you don't feel the need to keep pouring heat or cold into them, sealing them and creating a zone makes sense from the perspective of energy savings and comfort. Installing a zoned HVAC system can also help reduce wear and tear on your air conditioning system, as it allows you to control the temperature in each zone separately. This helps prevent overheating of the ovens and air conditioning coils, as well as damage to the fan motor due to excessive consumption of amperage. In addition, due to its inherent complexity, a zoned air conditioning system requires professional maintenance to keep everything running smoothly. If you want to zone and the economic options are insufficient, the price will always depend on the number of areas you want.
Others suggest installing a shock absorber, which channels excess air back into the system, allowing a single-stage air conditioning system to run smoothly and limit engine explosions. Choosing the right zoning system for your HVAC can be tricky. Some of them are relatively easy. Other methods require a professional HVAC technician and can work better in larger two-story houses with enough space to divide the house into zones. All you need to do is control the thermostat in each zone and the electronic dampers will take care of the rest. When it comes down to it, selecting the right zoning system for your HVAC depends on your individual needs and preferences.
Consider all your options carefully before making a decision.