Not every room in every home is created equally. Some rooms face the sun for the majority of the day so they are more difficult to keep cool. Other rooms have vaulted ceilings so it is more difficult for them to retain heat. Speaking of heat, we all know that heat rises so if you live in a home with several different floors, the second and third floors may be very warm and cozy while the basement may be freezing. Maybe you still live in the home you raised your children in, but you no longer need to try to heat the same amount of spaces to the same temperatures you once did. Fortunately, there is a solution – it is called system zoning.
System zoning is a fairly simple concept involving multiple thermostats (that are wired to a control panel), that operates dampers in the ductwork of your forced-air systems. It is the thermostats job to constantly read the temperature of its specific zone and then open or close the damper according to the thermostat’s settings. This system is not only good for houses with inconsistent room temperatures, but it is also great for heating and cooling individual bedrooms based on the occupants desired temperature setting. If you have a guest room that is typically not occupied you can just close the damper and shut the door.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when system zoning is used properly in a home it can save the consumer up to 30% on their heating and cooling bills. Since heating and cooling bills can account for 40% of a homes utility bill, which can add up to quite a savings. There are lots of us that have rooms we never use or rooms that are rarely occupied, but we also know that not having any kind of temperature control at all will damage our property so this is a solution that really makes since.
Many homeowners are hesitant to try to install a zoning system because they are worried about the cost. While it is true that it is less expensive to install this during new construction you should still have Carmine’s give you a quote before you dismiss this as an option for you.
For more information on zoning your home or to get a quote call Carmine’s today at 203-791-8089.