There are many ways to save energy in your home and one of the easiest ways to save energy in your household is through the use of certain elements in your home like HVAC zoning. Many people have heard of HVACs but not everyone may be familiar with the term HVAC zoning. Basically the term refers to a system that allows you to control the temperature in the different zones or areas of your home. This is done through the use of a separate thermostat.
Allows You to Save Money
With the extreme variance in temperatures from very hot to very cold in many Canadian cities, the cost of making your home comfortable can become expensive. An HVAC zoning system helps keep these costs down by allowing you to control where you want to direct the heating and cooling. This means that if you use some areas of your home more often, it will be easier to control the temperature in those areas to make yourself as comfortable as possible. The system redirects the air from the areas of your home that you don’t use as much and directs them to the areas of your home that you use more often.
While HVAC zoning has the potential to be complicated, from a homeowners perspective, the simplest way to understand the way it works is that the temperatures in the different zones of your home are controlled through dampers in the ductwork that directs the cooling and heating to where you would like it the most. The homeowner controls which ductwork remains open with three options: a programmable thermostat, a remote control, or a central location.
The final result of zoning is that your utility bill will be lower because you avoid cooling or heating rooms and areas of the home that you don’t use. Depending on the size of your home, and the climate of your province, HVAC zoning may even allow you to use less expensive furnaces or air conditioners that are smaller and more energy efficient. Or if you have a larger system, zoning can reduce the wear and tear on it. Reducing the wear and tear ensures that the heating and air conditioning systems will generally last longer, saving you significant replacement costs. Besides the practical money saving benefits of HVAC zoning through more efficient energy usage, zoning also has the potential to increase the quality of the indoor air of your home.
Higher Indoor Air Quality
When the snow starts flying and it the middle of winter, many people don’t want to leave their homes as much as they may when the weather is nicer. This means that you’ll end of spending a whole lot more time inside, when the temperatures cool. It’s a benefit to your health and personal comfort to take advantage of technology that can help make your time indoors more comfortable and healthier.
Since dampers hinder the flow of air from different areas of your home, this means the air won’t travel throughout the building as much as it would have without HVAC. A significant reduction in air movement means that contaminants like pet dander, mold, dust, pollen, and dirt won’t spread through you ducts to other areas of your home as easily.