Achieving Zone Control With Ductless Systems

Living room with a ductless air conditioner

If you live with family members or roommates in your Clinton Township home, you may find yourself arguing about the perfect indoor temperature. Oftentimes, some individuals prefer it warmer or cooler than others. For example, infants and older family members may prefer to sleep in warmer bedrooms while many active teenagers find every room too warm. Even if you live alone, you may prefer to heat or cool the room you are currently using and not your entire home.

Our professionals at Great Dane Heating & Air Conditioning want to share with you the idea of zone control and how to achieve comfort with ductless air conditioning and heating systems in your Michigan home.

What is Zone Control?

Zone control is a term used in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry that allows homeowners to set different temperatures in separate areas, or zones, of their home. Zone control is appealing because it maximizes comfort while minimizing energy usage.

Currently, there are several ways to achieve zone control. Some home owners install a complex zone control system with automatic dampers located in different rooms. These dampers are connected to multiple thermostats that can be set to specific times and temperatures. For example, if an elderly grandparent prefers to sleep in a warm bedroom, the thermostat can be programmed to increase the bedtime temperature in that room. At the same time, the rest of the home may be set to a lower temperature, allowing for comfort and energy saving. If you are working in your home office, especially during these COVID-19 days, you can set your office space to a comfortable temperature while working and keep the temperature in the remainder of your home at a more economical and energy efficient setting.

Another common way to achieve zone control is by installing ductless heating and air conditioning units. These units are designed to cool or heat a smaller area or individual space more efficiently. Ductless air conditioning and heating systems do not require the complex network of air ducts that usually carry conditioned air throughout a home. As a result, ductless systems are frequently more energy efficient because energy is not lost as air travels throughout the duct system. That is important, because according to the US Department of Energy, more than 30 percent of energy can be lost through air ducts.

What are the Advantages of Zone Control?

Zone control systems deliver superior comfort to meet the needs of multiple family members. Essentially, you can heat or cool a particular room or area to the perfect temperature for the person using the room.

In addition, zone control systems allow homeowners to save a great deal of energy and therefore reduce their utility bills. After all, if you’re only heating or cooling the rooms that you’re currently using, the rest of your unused home will not be a source of wasted energy. 

Why Use a Ductless System?

For some homeowners, a ductless air conditioning and heating system may be an affordable way to develop better zone control in their homes. Even if you have a central HVAC system, extra ductless units in spaces such as a new addition, home office, or bedroom can help increase the comfort level of your family members as well save energy.

Since ductless units are installed on a wall through only a small hole, they are much more energy-efficient than a traditional window air conditioning unit. In addition, since ductless units do not require an air duct network, they are able to operate very efficiently once they are installed.

How Is a Zone Control System Installed?

If you’re considering implementing a zone control system in your home, you may want to contact your professional HVAC company to help you make the best decisions for your home and family. An HVAC professional can evaluate your existing HVAC system and talk with you about your current heating and cooling needs.

These professionals often have a wealth of knowledge about the most advanced and efficient technologies available and can help you put together the best HVAC solution for your particular family, home, and budget.

Contact our trained team of experts at Great Dane Heating & Air Conditioning in Clinton Township for more details about zone control and ductless air conditioning and heating systems. Call 586.790.2604 or contact us online today.

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