Central heating and air conditioning systems are great for a number of reasons. They condition the entire house, which is convenient. They’re effective at reaching the target temperature in short order, and there are many different options available.
While they do have benefits, however, they also have a number of disadvantages. Central systems often rely on a single thermostat to control them, which isn’t ideal if you want to condition an entire house. They also can’t really compensate for the differences in insulation that can make some rooms cool or heat up faster than others. If you want to have the benefits of a central air system, but none of the disadvantages, you should consider installing a zone control system.
What Is a Zone Control System?
A zone control system is a series of dampers, essentially large valves, which are installed in the ductwork of a home. One damper is installed in the ducts leading to each room, and a thermostat controlling the damper is installed in the room itself. The system divides your house into different zones, with each room having a self-contained climate. When the temperature for a room requires action from the heater or air conditioner, the thermostat will activate the relevant system and open the damper. If the other rooms do not require heating or cooling, their dampers remain closed. This makes it possible to heat or cool only the rooms in your house that need it, rather than conditioning the entire house at once.
Advantages of Zone Control
Zone control offers a level of control and convenience that is not available in standard central heating and air conditioning systems. A normal central system can either serve the entire house or none of it, which wastes a lot of energy on rooms that are either empty or already at a comfortable temperature. By installing a zone control system, you are giving yourself and your family the ability to set your own comfortable climate.
If you would like to know more about zone control systems, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We install and service zone control systems throughout Lemoore, CA.