Heating and air conditioning systems for residential use are typically designed with a system of ducts and vents connected to one central HVAC system. If sized correctly, this type of HVAC system can usually provide a basic level of comfort for a properly insulated home. However, a single system may not provide enough heating and cooling in situations where some types of changes have been made, such as those that affect the layout of the home's interior or its total square footage.
Upgrading to a zoned HVAC system may provide a solution for homeowners who find that changes in their home have made it feel less comfortable. If you are wondering whether you should consider upgrading to a zoned HVAC system, here are three of the potential benefits your family might experience.
Better air quality
A zoned heating and cooling system immediately helps to improve air quality because it limits the reach of potential air quality issues, like smoke and steam from cooking, dust, pet dander, and other allergens. If air quality issues are present in one zoned area of the home, they are less likely to affect the other zone. For example, a two-story home with a separate HVAC zone for each floor might find that the family cat housed on the main floor might pose less of an allergy risk to family members who sleep in bedrooms on the second floor.
Reducing HVAC bills
Homes with zoned HVAC systems can cool or heat each zone as needed. If the home has areas that are largely unoccupied for hours or days at a time, a zoned HVAC system can allow homeowners to reduce the level of comfort in these areas while keeping other areas at the family's preferred comfort settings. For example, utilizing zones and thermostat settings can allow homeowners to decide when guest rooms and other infrequently used areas need to be heated or cooled. Homeowners who reduce the level of heating and cooling for seldom-used areas of their home can save money on monthly utility bills and reduce wear on their HVAC components.
Zoned heating and cooling can also help provide a more even heating and cooling experience throughout the home. A standard HVAC system can struggle to deliver heated or cooled air evenly, especially when the ducts must carry the conditioned air for long distances to reach all the vents. A zoned system effectively shortens the distance that the heated or cooled air must travel so that all areas of the home feel more comfortable.
To learn more about upgrading to a zoned heating and cooling system, take time to discuss your situation with an HVAC company in your area, such as Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.