Central forced air heating systems have a couple downsides that come with what some would consider convenience. These systems typically rely on a single thermostat, which tends to be fairly inefficient, since it can only gauge the temperature in a single, limited area of the house. They also have no way of determining exactly how much heat is distributed to any specific area of the house. The thermostat is the only indicator, and once it has reached its goal temperature, it shuts off, assuming that it has done its job with no consideration if the other areas of the house have reached a comfortable temperature. This can produce excessive heat in some areas, and not enough in others. If you want the most consistent, reliable heating system in your house, there are many reasons to choose to install zone control in your heating system. Let us tell you why.
WHAT IS ZONE CONTROL?
Zone control systems have a series of “dampers” installed in the ductwork. Ultimately, they are just large valves. There is one placed in each room, and there is an individual thermostat for each damper. This means each room will be able to receive equal heating, each thermostat will open its damper when the area needs heat, which will activate the heating system.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The best part about zone control heating is that the energy and heat are only used where needed. If your living room is warm, but the bedroom areas need some more attention, a zone control system will only work to warm the bedrooms, instead of overheating the living room as well. This is the best way to make sure your home is evenly heated, as opposed to relying on one thermostat and having a “hot spot” when the other rooms in your house aren’t as comfortable.
Zone control systems have many benefits. By reading the temperatures in all areas of the home and restricting the airflow to spaces that perhaps don’t need the extra heating, you are able to reduce the amount of time the the heating system is on overall, which will end up saving you money. These systems not only make it cheaper to heat your home, but will ultimately make your home more comfortable during colder weather.