Central Air Conditioning / Heating: Zone vs. No Zone Systems, Improve Comfort Levels, Reduce Utility Costs, 2-Deck / 3-Deck Multi-Zone System Installation
When installing a new HVAC (Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning) system in your home or business, or just upgrading your heating or cooling capabilities, consider adding a Zone Control System to improve comfort levels and reduce utility costs.
Zoning is also excellent for new homes, since it is installed during construction. If you are buying a newly constructed home, check with a your builder about a zoning system.
The J.R. Wortman Company has your zoning solutions and answers to your questions. Whether it's just a space heater to warm your living room or a complete 3 Deck Multi-Zone HVAC System, Wortman has the expertise to design and install the equipment you need.
Zone Heating: What is it?
Zone heating is the practice of warming the rooms in which you spend the most time, rather than trying to heat the whole house equally. This can be done efficiently by supplementing your central heat source with a gas, wood, or pellet burning appliance, either free-standing or insert. In any case, the result is a reduction in energy consumption.
A zone is an area of a house with independent heating and/or cooling control. Zoning segments the house into particular areas that can be individually controlled efficiently using a Multi-Zone Heating Controller.
Conventional wisdom about space heating has changed in recent years. Consumers used to be sold the most powerful heater available, to heat the entire house from one point.
Even with a duct system, this produces hot and cold spots due to differences in room size and placement in the house. Furthermore, environmental concerns, rising utility costs and more sophisticated engineering have led manufacturers and utility companies to encourage the use of zone heating.
Zone Heating: Why do I Need It?
Today's families have different lifestyles and comfort needs. Maybe you have a home office that needs extra conditioning during the day, and none at night. Or you only use the upstairs bedrooms when guests visit. Whatever your needs, zoning can keep each area of your house at the perfect temperature for you and each family member.
Imagine a home with just one light switch that could only turn the lights on or off in the entire house. You have a similar “all or nothing” situation With a single-thermostat forced air HVAC system; to get heat where you need, it you must send it everywhere.
This generally results in having to sacrifice some comfort in a attempt to save energy. With a zoning system, you can enjoy perfect comfort wherever you are, while saving huge amounts of energy by restricting airflow, with dampers, to areas not in use. It is just like the lights, use them when you need to, and turn them off when you do not.
Zoning systems, also known as automatic balancing systems, are a great solution for solving comfort problems. With multiple thermostats and duct dampers serving a single HVAC system, zoning systems can eliminate annoying and uncomfortable hot and cold spots.
Benefits of a Zoning
The main benefits of residential zoning are:
It’s easy to see how zoning systems save energy. Areas not used can be deeply set back for maximum energy savings, while occupied areas have perfect temperature control from a nearby thermostat.
A zoning system can do even more. Overcooled or over-heated areas are eliminated, stretching the capacity of the HVAC system. For instance, a room with a western exposure never seems to get the right amount of ventilation. In the morning, with the sun in the east, the room probably gets too warm (or cold, depending on the season), and in the afternoon, the reverse is true. When a zone system is added, that western exposure gets exactly the amount of air it needs; no more, no less.
Independent tests have shown that zoning systems can save 30 percent or more on a HVAC heating and cooling bill. What you might save depends on how you use the system. Either way, a zoning system is a powerful air management tool that can provide you with increased comfort and energy savings at the same time.
What are My Zoning Options?
Option #1: Independent Zoning
If your primary heat source is electric or forced-air gas or oil controlled by a single thermostat, you can save money by turning down your thermostat a few degrees and using alternative heat sources in the main living areas of the home. This makes more sense than trying to heat everything from one point in the house.
When choosing an appliance for individual zone heating, there are a few things to keep in mind:
There are variety of supplemental heating options from which to choose, depending on the fuel you want to use and the size and location of the space to heat. The most common type of space heaters include:
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