Originally published in January 2018, updated May 2020.
As the temperatures go up and down in Aberdeen, North Carolina, it may not always be easy to keep your home feeling comfortable. Constantly adjusting the thermostat can waste a lot of energy, especially if you’re heating or cooling rooms that you don’t always use. With a zoned HVAC system, you can maintain comfort without spending too much on utilities.
How Zoned HVAC Works
There are two main types of zoned HVAC systems. The first is a ductless mini-split system that, as its name suggests, doesn’t use any ducts. The second option uses sensors located throughout the house to trigger ductwork dampers that direct air conditioned air to different rooms as needed.
How It Improves Comfort
No matter which type of zoned HVAC system you choose, the purpose is to improve comfort in a specific room. Some homeowners try to create their own zones by closing off the vents in rooms where they don’t spend much time, but this can actually do more harm than good. Closing the vents will reduce airflow and can cause an imbalance in the pressure associated with your heating and cooling system, making different areas of your home uncomfortable.
A zoned HVAC system is designed for temperature management in specific zones. When you’re hanging out in the family room, simply adjust the temperature in that area to feel warm or cool air. Using this method will improve comfort without requiring you to run the HVAC system to heat or cool the entire house, which increases your energy use.
Who It’s Good For
Zoned HVAC systems work well for anyone who spends long periods of time in one area of the house. For example, if you work from home, you might want to heat or cool the office where you spend eight or more hours a day, but you don’t necessarily need your bedroom to stay comfortable during that time. A zoned system works well for a household with different comfort and temperature preferences as well.
Learn more about adding a zoned HVAC system to your home by contacting Sandhills Heating, Refrigeration & Electrical.