If you haven’t heard of them before, zone control systems may sound like something out of Star Trek. In all seriousness, they’re not that complicated: a zone control system is a unit that allows you to control the heating and cooling for individual rooms (zones) in your house.
The appeal is easy to see. Most, if not all of us, have bickered with a family member over the thermostat setting, and even maybe nudged it when they weren’t looking. With a zone control system, you can set different temperatures for different rooms, appeasing everyone. Even if everyone prefers the same temperature, you can lower the heat in the bedroom or increase the heat the bathroom for when you step out of the shower. As far as comfort goes, you can’t beat a zone control system.
They’re also very convenient. Zone control systems can usually be controlled remotely, which means you could adjust the temperature from far-away rooms. Some systems even have advanced controls for humidity and fan speed.
Another benefit with zone control systems is energy savings. For most people, there are a lot of rooms in the house that are used much less frequently than others. With a multi-zone system, you can adjust the settings so that your HVAC unit doesn’t work as hard to heat or cool certain rooms. For example, if your basement is largely a storage space, then you could dial the settings up or down for that room. At first glance, it might not seem like a big deal, but even a difference of five degrees can create large savings over the course of a season. To put it in perspective, zoning can save you as much as 30% on your heating and cooling costs.
Zone control systems are even better suited for large homes, too. Oftentimes, the layout and architectural design of certain homes mean they are heated inconsistently with traditional heating systems. If your home is multi-level, larger than most, has rooms with high ceilings, or has a sprawling layout, odds are you’ll find increased comfort and cost-savings with a zone control system.
At the end of the day, it’s something every homeowner should decide for themselves. If you’re on the fence about zoning in your home, reach out the experts at Great Dane HVAC. We’re happy to guide you through the decision-making process and help you find the right fit for your home.