I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
If you are installing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit, or HVAC, you may be hearing about zone control. Zone control basically involves dividing your home up into different sections and allowing those sections to be heated or cooled to different temperatures. This is done with the use of multiple thermostats throughout the home and a complex duct work system. There are many benefits to this type of system. However, there are also a few drawbacks. Learning some of the most common pros and cons to zone control will help you decide if it is something you should consider when having a new HVAC unit installed in your home.
Disadvantages of Zone Control
Higher Installation Costs
If your home is not already set up for zone control, you will have to pay money to have the ductwork set up properly and the new thermostats installed. This means that installing an HVAC system with zone control is more costly than using your existing ductwork and thermostat and not worrying about zone control when you install a new unit. If you are on a tight budget or installation costs are a concern, this is a major downside to keep in mind.
More Complicated Installation
The other disadvantage to installing zone control when you have a new HVAC system is you have to find a heating and air conditioning contractor who has experience and knowledge installing this type of system. And unfortunately, that can be challenging to find, especially if you live in a small town. If the ductwork is not properly set up, and duct returns are used, your evaporator coils can become less efficient and air may not properly circulate, as the bypass duct can steal air and your air conditioner can freeze up. All of these problems can impact how much cold air flows into your home and the lifespan of your HVAC unit. If you do decide to go with this type of system, take your time in finding a professional who knows how to properly install this type of system and has the experience to back it up.
Advantages of Zone Control
Reduced Heating and Cooling Costs
One of the biggest benefits to zone control is that this type of system can decrease the amount of energy you use to heat or cool your home by up to 30 percent. If you have a traditional HVAC unit installed, your whole home is heated or cooled to your desired temperature. This means that rooms that people are not using are heated or cooled, which is a waste. Installing zone control when you install a new HVAC system allows you to set the zones in your home. You can set up a zone for all the bedrooms, allowing you to heat or cool the rooms only when people are preparing for and sleeping in their beds. Or you can set individual zones for each bedroom, which is perfect for empty-nesters who may not always have people in those spaces. Heating and cooling only the spaces you are using at certain times can help you ultimately use less energy.
An Increase in Comfort
The other advantage to zone control is that you can increase the comfort level in your own home. With a traditional HVAC system, you may find that one room feels cooler, while another feels warmer, all while your thermostat shows your home is at your desired temperature. This is because there are many variables that can affect the temperature in a room. This includes the amount of sunlight the room gets, the quality of the windows in the room, the ceiling height and the condition of the ducts leading to that room. When you have zone control set up, you have multiple thermostats throughout your home, and more control over the temperatures for those spaces. This gives you a better idea of the temperature in that space and allows you to warm it up or cool it down, allowing you and your family to remain comfortable.
Deciding whether or not to have your home zone-controlled when installing a new HVAC unit is a big decision. Learning the pros and cons will help you make an informed decision as to whether it is right for you. For more information, contact a local HVAC company like Mike's Bremen Service Inc.Share
8 June 2016