Every year, more and more Colorado residents are adding zoned HVAC systems to their homes. As this advanced technology becomes more readily available and affordable, you may be wondering if a zoned system is a worthy upgrade for your home.
Many people who have a zoned system would say it’s a solid investment because it provides the following benefits:
- Improved indoor comfort
- Higher energy savings
- Longer-lasting equipment
We’ll take a closer look at each of these benefits in more detail below. But first, we’ll give a quick overview of how a zoned system works.
Interested in installing a zone control HVAC system in your home? Contact Cooper Heating & Cooling today to schedule a consultation for a custom zone control system.
How a zoned HVAC system works
A standard HVAC system is only capable of delivering the same amount of air to your entire home. However, a zone control system allows you to divide your home into different comfort “zones” so you can control the temperature in specific areas of your home.
To control the temperature in different areas, a thermostat is installed in each zone, along with dampers in the ductwork. The dampers open and close to direct air from the HVAC system into specific areas of your home. This means, for example, you can have a different temperature in your kitchen than in your bedroom.
The ability to customize temperatures throughout your home offers many benefits, which we’ll explore in more detail below.
Benefit #1: Improved indoor comfort
The main benefit of a zone control HVAC system is improved indoor comfort. You see, most homes have rooms or areas that are naturally hotter or colder than others. This has to do with several factors specific to each room, including:
- The size of the room
- The exposure to sunlight in each room
- The insulation levels of the room
- The number of windows and doors in each room
- The number of people who normally occupy the room
- And more
Because these factors will vary for every room (especially in big, multi-story homes), it’s common to have varied temperatures throughout the house. A zoned system allows you to send more or less conditioned air to specific rooms, which leads to more consistent indoor temperatures.
For example, if your kitchen is naturally the warmest area of your home, you can customize your HVAC system to deliver more cool air to that area. Or, if you prefer the family room to be a little warmer than other areas of the home, you can raise the thermostat in that room without affecting the temperature in other rooms.
Benefit #2: Higher energy savings
Besides the benefit of improved comfort, a zoned system can also give you higher energy savings.
Here’s how: Instead of wasting energy trying to heat or cool every room in your home at once (like a standard HVAC system), a zoned heating and cooling system only delivers conditioned air to the rooms that need it most or that are currently occupied. This makes a zone control system more efficient than a standard system.
The more efficient your HVAC system is, the lower your monthly energy bills will be. Plus, an energy-efficient HVAC system also reduces your home’s carbon footprint. Not only is this better for the environment, but it also adds to the overall value of your home.
Benefit #3: Longer-lasting equipment
Having independent temperature controls in each room also improves the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.
You see, instead of heating or cooling your home at full blast all the time like a standard HVAC system, a zoned system will distribute conditioned air only as it’s needed in each room.
Ultimately, this reduces wear and tear on your HVAC system, which leads to fewer repairs and longer-lasting equipment.
Interested in a zone control HVAC system for your home?
Contact Cooper Heating & Cooling today to schedule a consultation for a custom zone control system. Our comfort advisors will help you find the perfect system for your home, based on your heating/cooling needs and budget. When you hire the Cooper Green Team, you can count on 5-star service and honest equipment recommendations.
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Luke Cooper is the General Manager of the Cooper Green team and son of Gary Cooper, owner and CEO of Cooper HVAC. After years in the field, Luke took his talents to management and has helped thousands of Colorado homeowners during hot summers and frigid winters. His decade of experience in the field and guiding the company makes him one of the most knowledgeable individuals in Colorado on HVAC, plumbing, electrical and other home services.