Could Your Los Angeles Home Benefit From an HVAC Zoning System?
A standard HVAC system has only one temperature setting for your entire home. Because buildings tend to vary in temperature from room to room, it may be difficult to keep all the rooms in your home comfortable, especially if you have multiple family members with differing preferences. In that case, an HVAC zoning system may be a perfect addition to your Los Angeles home.
The Benefits of an HVAC Zoning System
Zoning systems offer both enhanced comfort and energy savings, especially when combined with programmable thermostats, which could reduce your energy usage by up to 30 percent compared to single-zoned systems.
By dividing a home into multiple zones, an HVAC zoning system allows you to control the temperature for each zone independently. With this increased flexibility, you can keep the main living areas comfortable during the daytime while reducing the heating or cooling in unoccupied bedrooms, then reverse it at night to sleep comfortably.
You could also minimize the heating or cooling in rarely used rooms and customize each zone to differing preferences.
How an HVAC Zoning System Works
Forced-air zoning systems use motorized dampers in the air ducts to increase or decrease the airflow to a zone, according to the current temperature and the thermostat settings. Hydronic, or water-based systems, use motorized valves to control the flow of water through the radiator, baseboard or radiant system to achieve the same results.
Where Zoning Systems Work Best
Zoning systems work especially well in homes with the following features:
- Multiple floors
- Living spaces in the attic, basement or above a garage
- A loft, sun room or home office
- High ceilings
- Multiple large windows or doors
- Hot or cold spots
Zoning systems are easiest to install in new homes, during HVAC system replacement, or when you’re adding an addition, but they can also be retrofitted into many older homes, depending on the type of HVAC system currently present.
For more information about the benefits of an HVAC zoning system, talk to our HVAC professionals at Air-Tro, Inc. We’ve been serving Pasadena and the Los Angeles area since 1969.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Los Angeles, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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