Many homes, especially older homes, were built with an economical heating system that did not incorporate zoning. Those homes have a single zone, which means one thermostat controls the level of heating and cooling for the whole house. The result of that is you feel the correct temperature in the room where the thermostat is located, and different temperatures in the other rooms throughout the house.
Typically, that means the upstairs rooms are warmer and the downstairs rooms are cooler. If you want more heat downstairs, you turn up the thermostat and all the rooms, including the already warm rooms upstairs, get more heat flow. Suppose one of your rooms downstairs gets a lot of sunlight and is also already very warm, you don’t have any way to keep from pumping even more heat into it. Some people close the registers so the heat can’t flow into the room, but this can damage your system if you run it with closed registers.
So what is the solution? Zoning, which creates more than one zone by adding a control panel, dampers in the ducts, and a separate temperature controller for each zone. Dampers are installed inside the ducts and the control panel adjusts them automatically to allow or to restrict the amount of air flow going to each zone. That way you can set the upstairs and downstairs to different (or the same) temperatures and the system will heat or cool them just enough to reach that desired temperature. You can have two or three or even more zones in your home to get you the amount of control you want.
Besides improving comfort, zoning can also save you money. You could keep an unused part of the house cooler and the main rooms warmer, thus saving on fuel and wasted heat. You might also eliminate the need to use a space heater in a cold area, which will be a welcome savings on the electric bill.
With Bryant Zone Perfect equipment, you can have room by room comfort and save money at the same time. Give us a call and let us explain the options for zoning in your home or office. You’ll be glad you did!
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