What is Zoning?
Zoning allows you to precisely control the temperature in distinct areas of your home by placing a thermostat in each room (or zone). A zoning system uses automatic dampers that open and close to control the flow of air into the zones and the dampers are conveniently controlled by their own thermostat. A central control panel is also used to sequence the zone thermostat calls, zone dampers and HVAC equipment
Think about this, you have a light switch for every room. Wouldn’t it be easier and less expensive to have just one light switch for the whole house? Of course it would, but we don’t do it that way. However, with HVAC there is usually only one “switch,” a thermostat centrally located that controls the whole house. One thermostat cannot properly control the temperature in different levels or opposite ends of the house. Plus why heat or cool rooms that may already be comfortable. Zoning solves this, automatically. What costs more? Electricity for lighting or the energy for HVAC? On average HVAC is 40% to 50% of most utility bills. Why waste heating and cooling on rooms that are unoccupied or already comfortable? Without zoning you are paying more for heating and cooling than you need to be. Often homes with one central thermostat will have temperature differences between the various rooms in the house. Having only one thermostat in the home or office does not allow for convenience or flexibility. For example, the baby’s room cannot be warmer for sleeping while the parent’s room is nice and cool. A home without zoning does not allow for more cooling needed in the kitchen and family room on a hot summer day when no one is in the upstairs bedrooms.