A home with uneven cooling and heating properties is often uncomfortable and stressful for the occupants, and such homes consume more energy than necessary. If you’re considering fitting your HVAC system with a zoning system, use these six tips to install a well-designed zoning system for comfort and energy efficiency all year long.
Basics of a well-designed zoning system
Zones consist of one or more rooms or areas in a home. Each zone has its own temperature control, which is regulated by a separate thermostat, automatic duct dampers and air-supply registers. The goal for a well-designed zoning system is to group rooms according to similar cooling and heating properties and by individual preference. These are the six tips to follow:
- Since warmer air rises, zones should be specific to each floor; that is, avoid combining rooms or areas from different floors into the same zone.
- Do not group enclosed rooms (e.g. bedrooms) with open areas (e.g. living room and den) into the same zone. Each space in the home reacts differently to external factors, such as sunlight, and opening and closing of outer and inner doors.
- Room additions and retrofits should be zoned separately from original constructed areas and rooms. This is because newer areas of a home tend to have different properties, such as better insulation or even different building materials.
- In any particular zone, the thermostat should be located in the area used most often. Use living space as opposed to hallways and entryways for installing thermostats.
- Rooms and areas with different orientations to the sun should be in different zones. Even with window coverings, there is a significant difference in solar-generated heat in sun-facing rooms.
- Install at least two air-supply registers in each zone. This ensures balanced air circulation for more accurate temperature readings, and it helps the HVAC system to function at peak performance.
By working with your HVAC pro and following these tips, you can ensure a well-designed zoning system for comfort and energy savings.
Contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company today. We’ve helped Fort Worth and Arlington-area homeowners meet their heating and cooling needs since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about well-designed zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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