Zoning systems are an energy-efficient alternative to the standard method of using a single thermostat to control the temperature throughout your entire house. They not only give you enhanced control over the comfort you enjoy in each part of your home; they let you save money on your energy expenses while keeping everyone in your house happy.
The main problem with using just one thermostat for your whole house is that it’s unrealistic to expect to attain a steady temperature through your house. Heat brought in through windows will make the temperature in those areas fluctuate. Certain architectural features inhibit airflow, preventing areas in your home from receiving the conditioned air. And of course, the fact that heat rises will make upper stories warmer than lower floors and finished basements.
Zoning systems work around all these obstacles by giving you control over the temperature in certain areas, or zones. Multiple thermostats are installed to make it easier to ensure that the ideal temperature is reached in the different spaces. With a smaller area for each thermostat to control, members of the household can control the temperature of the area where they’re located without disturbing people in other zones.
In addition to enhanced control over the temperature of your home, zoning systems also help you save on your energy expenses. If you have a zone that is unoccupied, you can set it to an energy-efficient mode, or else turn it off entirely, ensuring that you’re not paying to cool or heat an unoccupied room.
An HVAC contractor will help you plan out the best layout for your thermostats with a zoning strategy. They take into consideration various architectural factors as well as which rooms are used more frequently then others.
To learn more about zoning systems and how you and your family can benefit from them, contact Ernst Heating & Coolingtoday. We proudly serve the Edwardsville area.
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