How An HVAC Zoning System Works

HVAC Zoning System Gives You Multiple Thermostats to Avoid Uneven Temperatures.

HVAC Zoning System Thermostat

An HVAC zoning system allows your furnace and air conditioner to use dampers in the ductwork to direct air to specific areas when needed. Custom temperature zones in your home or business improves comfort and efficiency.

Is HVAC zoning right for you?

Do you have some rooms that are cooler or warmer?  Two or three levels, large windows, rooms that you seldom use? Ideally, your entire home should stay about the same temperature. But insulation, duct size, window size, sunshine, room size, ceiling heights, room location all influence your comfort.

By dividing your place into two or more heating and cooling zones, your HVAC zoning system can deliver more comfort. Zoning helps eliminate temperature inaccuracies from using only one thermostat sensor point. That means people in different areas can adjust their own thermostat and temperature to meet their needs. Especially true if you like to keep your bedrooms warmer at night, while the rest of your home is cooler. Now you can turn off zones when no one is using them, especially at night.

One thing is certain.

Don’t try to install an HVAC zoning system if your building has problems. Problems like poor insulation or air leaks from windows, cracks.

Your zoned system contains 4 main components:

  • Control panel— is installed at your furnace and reads the different thermostats and triggers the dampers to open or close.
  • Duct dampers—HVAC zoning dampers are the valves in your ducts that open and close.
  • Zone thermostats—Yes, each zone gets a thermostat to send messages to the control panel.
  • Multi-stage furnace, variable-speed blower—When there is less heat needed, this type of furnace can adjust to a lower setting.

Zoning savings and comfort.

The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling costs. You won’t waste energy overheating or overcooling certain areas. In fact, a programmable thermostat and a new HVAC zoning system can mean energy savings of up to 35% according the the US Dept of Energy.

Call PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling for free zoning advice. Serving SW Chicago Suburbs Since 1885.