Your house doesn’t use one light switch to control all the lighting in your home does it? Then why would you use just one thermostat to control your heating and cooling systems? Zoning systems give you much more control over how you use your conditioned air, and provide you with a number of other benefits as well.
By installing multiple thermostats in your house, each in control of a different zone, you are able to circumvent constructional features that would otherwise be creating inconsistencies in your home’s temperature. In a single-thermostat system, things like windows and cathedral ceilings can allow for heat to transfer in and out of your house or prevent air from circulating, creating warm or cool patches. When each thermostat is in control of a smaller, more manageable area, it prevents this from happening. Each zone gets the appropriate amount of air needed rather than air just being dispersed evenly.
In order to obtain a steady temperature throughout your house, all you have to do is set all the thermostats to the same temperature. Certain zones will get more air than others to compensate for their needs, but you won’t feel those annoying warm or cool patches.
However, one of the greatest benefits of zoning systems is the fact that you can intentionally set different temperatures in different parts of the house. This is convenient because various occupants of a house often disagree on what the temperature should be, an event so common it is referred to as the “battle of the thermostat”. For example, Mom can have the study a few degrees cooler than the living room that Dad is in without either person disrupting the other’s comfort.
Your HVAC technician will help you develop a zoning strategy that will help you get the most energy savings possible. By planning zones based on what rooms are used more often than others, you can set zones to energy-efficient modes to save more money.
For more information on zoning systems, contact Air Assurancetoday. We proudly serve the Tulsa and Broken Arrow regions.
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