Ready for a Zoning System? Some Questions That Can Help You Decide

Posted On: November 11, 2013

Are you experiencing comfort issues in your Alton, Glen Carbon or Hamel home? Are you finding it difficult to keep all areas of your home comfortable? You don’t have to suffer any long: a zoning system may be the perfect solution for your home and family.

With a traditional system, you have one thermostat that’s in charge of controlling temperatures throughout the home, which just isn’t effective for most homes because different rooms and levels have different climate conditions. Plus, home occupants have different preferences for temperatures. Zoning systems offer a way for homeowners to control comfort throughout the house, from the finished basement to the loft. These systems can be installed with a new heating and cooling system or retrofitted to work with your existing equipment. A zoning system splits your home up into individual zones, allowing you to control each zone separately with dedicated thermostats and controllable duct dampers.

Zoning is an ideal solution for combating many home discomfort scenarios. To decide if a zoning system may be right for your home, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your home two or more stories?
  • Do you have a finished basement of half-basement?
  • Have you added on to your home?
  • Do you notice a difference in temperature from room to room?
  • Have you noticed it’s harder to control comfort levels during certain seasons or times of day?
  • Are there rooms in your home that are not used regularly?
  • Do members of your household have differing temperature preferences?
  • Are the windows and insulation in your home of poor quality?
  • Do some areas of your home receive more sunlight exposure?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a zoning system can help you regain comfort. Zoning will allow you to set the temperature levels based on the exact needs of each zone, rather than adjusting a single thermostat and expecting the impossible, maintaining consistent temperatures across the entire home. With zoning, each family member can control specific areas, such as a bedroom or home office, and maintain his or her own comfort settings without affecting everyone else.

Are you wondering if a zoning system is right for your Metro-East home? Please contact us at Ernst Heating & Cooling. We’re improving the comfort for all our Bethalto, Edwardsville and Staunton neighbors.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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