How HVAC Zoning Works

Do you have hot or cold spots around your house? While you may this is because your HVAC isn’t up to par, it may be because your home isn’t zoned properly. 


Not sure what HVAC zoning is? Don’t worry! Our team at Best Home Services is here to explore what exactly HVAC zoning is, how it can be done, and why it is so effective.  


Ready to see if HVAC zoning is right for your home? Let’s go! 

What Is HVAC Zoning?  


A zoned HVAC system divides your home into multiple zones that are controlled by its own thermostat. This allows you to set the ideal temperature in each section, instead of having to heat or cool the entire space to just one temperature.  


It is estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that a zoned HVAC system can save homeowners up to 30% on a typical heating and cooling bill.   


You will get the most out of HVAC zoning if you have one or more of the following: 


  • A multi-story home 
  • An attic living space 
  • Cathedral ceilings 
  • A room over the garage 
  • A sunroom 
  • Picture, bay, or large windows 
  • A large floorplan with multiple wings 


HVAC zoning can solve a myriad of HVAC concerns in your house and can provide a resolution to those never-ending thermostat battles. 


How Does HVAC Zoning Work?  


With HVAC zoning, your space is divided into two or more zones and a thermostat is installed in each. While each thermostat controls its own zone, they are all connected to a central control panel in your house. 


When in use, a series of dampers that are installed in the ducts or the air vents deliver airflow to each part of your home. The dampers either open or close mechanically as needed to deliver air to the rooms that you choose.  


Each HVAC zone has its own thermostat so you can adjust the temperature for each section of the house.  


Because the process of setting up a layout for a zone HVAC system can be complex, it is important to have a zoned system installed professionally.  


At Best Home Services, we will evaluate the layout of your home to set up the most efficient HVAC zoning possible. Schedule a consultation today; 844-921-2833!  

The Benefits of Zoning 


Walk around your house. Do you notice vents in a room that nobody uses? Or do you have a room with large beautiful windows that is too cold in the winter and too hot during the summer? HVAC zoning could help with these issues! 


HVAC zoning offers several benefits for your comfort and your wallet. Some benefits include: 


  • Greater energy efficiency: A zoned system will divert air away from the areas in your home that don’t need it, so you’ll be using less energy to keep it comfortable. Zoning is more efficient than just closing air vents in each room because the dampers that are used in zoning provide a better seal.  


  • Personalized comfort:With a zoned HVAC system, everyone may independently control the temperature in each area of the house, putting an end to the thermostat wars.


  • Even temperatures: A zoned HVAC system can help compensate for hot and cold spots. Since the system addresses heating and cooling needs by zone, areas that are naturally colder or hotter can get the extra cool air or heat that they need to keep each area comfortable.  


How Many Zones Do I Need?  


The best way to determine how many zones you need in your home is to talk to an HVAC professional from Best Home Services. How many zones your space needs will depend on your family’s unique heating and cooling needs.  


 If needed a zone could be set up in each room in your home, or just different sections of your space. There is no limit to how many HVAC zones you can have!  


Is HVAC Zoning Right for My Space?  


While a zoned HVAC system offers many benefits, they aren’t for everyone. HVAC zoning often carries a higher installation cost since the system is more complex and it can be more costly to repair. 


If you don’t feel hot or cold spots in your home or don’t have large windows or high ceilings, a zoned HVAC system might not be right for you.   


Alternatives could include: 


  • Central AC: Cool air will flow through your home via a duct system. If you are fine with your entire space being the same temperature, a central AC system will keep you comfortable during the hotter months. These systems are usually paired with a furnace or heat pump for heat during the cold months.  


  • Heat Pump: Heat pumps can heat and cool your home and work best when paired with a furnace or air handler.  Heat pumps are best for houses in mild or hot climates, and with this system, your space will also be one consistent temperature.   


  • Ductless Systems: Ductless air conditioning units don’t use zones or ductwork to circulate or control cool air. Instead, they pump cool or warm air directly into one room. These systems are great for homeowners who want to control the temperature in one room as opposed to their entire home.  

Get in the Zone  


Are you considering installing a zoned HVAC system in your home? Our team at Best Home Services is here to help! We can create a layout that will maximize the efficiency of each zone to keep your space comfortable year-round.  


Not sure if zoning is right for you? Call our team at Best Home Services to find out; 844-921-2833!  


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