If you’re one of the many millions of people who use central forced air heating systems, there are a couple of things that you should know. The one-size-fits-all method of heating has a lot of advantages, but it has a number of disadvantages as well. Most central forced-air heating systems have only two settings: on and off. Each room in the home has different heating needs, due to differences in insulation, sunlight exposure, and air flow. Applying the same amount of heat across the entire house will be just fine for some rooms, but will be too much or too little for others. This creates hot and cold spots throughout the house, as well as wasting quite a bit of energy in the long run.
Lucky for you, there is a way to solve these issues without installing an entirely new heating system: zone control.
The Parts and Operation of a Zone Control System
A zone control system is made up of a number of dampers that are installed in the ducts throughout the house. These dampers act as valves, which can open or close to direct the flow of air through the ductwork. The dampers can also be partially opened for finer control over the air flow. Each damper is controlled by its own thermostat, which is installed in the nearest room.
When one of these thermostats detects a need for heat, it activates the heating system and opens the appropriate dampers. This allows heat to be directed at specific parts of the home, without affecting the climate in the rest of the building. Because the ducts in the home are engineered to handle a certain volume of air, they may have to be altered to make sure that the variations in air flow don’t create problems.
Advantages of Zone Control
As mentioned above, the biggest advantage of zone control is energy efficiency. By setting an ideal temperature for each part of the home, you can ensure that far less energy is wasted on rooms that don’t need it. The addition of more thermostats increases the system’s ability to more accurately measure the temperature across the home. This both makes your home more comfortable, and saves you money from month to month. Within a pretty short time of installing a zone control system, you will be able to see a marked improvement in how the home is heated.
As you probably know by now, however, it takes a fair bit of expertise to actually install and service a system like this one. This is not a project that can be completed by anyone without professional training and equipment. So, if you need a zone control system installed in your home, make sure that you find a contractor you trust to do it for you.
Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating offers comprehensive zone control system services throughout Lemoore, CA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our zone control experts. We’ll make sure that your zone control needs are met.