Are you looking for a way to save money on your energy bills while still maintaining optimal comfort in your home? A zoned heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system may be the perfect solution. With zonal control, you can set different temperatures for different parts of your home, allowing you to cool one room, heat another, and ignore the others. This type of system has many advantages, including lower utility bills. When considering a climate zoning system, there are several variables that need to be taken into account.
For example, if you reduce the demand for heating or cooling in several areas by a third, your home will only need approximately two-thirds (66.7%) of the system capacity. This is ideal for a two-stage or variable-capacity system, as it will operate in a low power phase most of the time, effectively reducing energy consumption and cost by approximately one third. In addition to energy savings, zonal control also offers improved comfort. For instance, you can set the temperature in your bedroom to 70°F before going to bed and the control panel will read the thermostat call and activate the air conditioner while closing all the dampers in the duct system except for the damper (or dampers) that control the flow of air to the room. However, there are some drawbacks to consider when installing a zoned HVAC system. When the fan moves 100% of its air capacity, that air has to go somewhere.
If one or more areas are closed, excess air will pass through those that are open. If you're considering a two-system HVAC system for your home, it's important to consult with an HVAC professional first. Your options are either a single air conditioning system divided into two zones or two independent air conditioning systems, one for each level of the house. The right choice will depend on your budget, room use, and comfort goals. As an expert in HVAC systems and energy efficiency, I can confidently say that zonal control is an excellent way to save money on energy bills while still maintaining optimal comfort in your home. By setting different temperatures for different parts of your home and reducing demand for heating or cooling in several areas by a third, you can reduce energy consumption and cost by approximately one third.
Additionally, zonal control offers improved comfort by allowing you to set different temperatures for different rooms. However, it is important to consult with an HVAC professional before making any decisions about installing a zoned HVAC system.