A good HVAC system in your home would ensure the heating and or cooling of the whole house, together with the controlling of the whole system from a single thermostat. Installing an HVAC system in homes is to ensure maximum comfort. However, that is not always the case.
Notably, because the single thermostat controlling the whole system is responsible for temperature regulation. The area of the house where the thermostat is located is often more comfortable than areas far from its location. This is because the thermostat can only accurately detect the temperature of where it is located, hence leaving the other parts of the home.
If you experience a situation where your living room is all warm and nice during the winter and other areas of the house aren’t, is it because you use a single thermostat system and its location in your living room.
This is where the HVAC zoning system comes in. It is near impossible to keep the whole home comfort with a single thermostat system. However, with the HVAC zoning system, you can achieve all-round comfort. This article aims to bring to light how an HVAC zoning system can help your home. But first, it is important that you understand what an HVAC zoning system is and how it works.
What Is An HVAC Zoning System?
The HVAC zoning system refers to a control system that affords you the luxury of controlling the heating and cooling of your entire home. I prefer to call this system a distinct multiple thermostat HVAC system. Because HVAC zoning ensures every area of your home has a distinct thermostat, specifically controlling that area. In other words, this system will ensure all-round in house comfort.
How Does HVAC Zoning Work?
Achieving the comfort the HVAC zoning system offers is made possible the following components working together:
- A control panel
- Dampers (to regulate airflow)
The working principle of the whole system is as follows;
- The thermostat senses the need to cool or heat an area of your home.
- The thermostat then sends this distress signal to the control panel.
- The control panel, will, in turn, trigger the HVAC system, opening the dampers to direct airflow to the distressing point.
- Finally, the thermostat detects the attainment of the preset temperature, and sends another signal to the control panel, resulting in the closure of the dampers.
This cycle continues as long as the HVAC system is active.
The Benefits Of An HVAC Zoning System
1) All-round Home Comfort
The HVAC zoning system ensures comfort for every area of your home. Those in areas that would normally not receive adequate warmth in the winter, no longer have to worry about turning up the heat too high from the single thermostat that it may be uncomfortable for those in the main area, for their comfort.
In a single thermostat HVAC system, those in the home’s main area have control of how the whole house feels. However, with the HVAC zoning system, every zone is responsible for the level of coolness or warmth in the zone. Hence everyone is comfortable.
2) Energy Efficiency
In addition to having direct control over the temperature in every zone or area in your home, the HVAC zoning system is energy efficient. You might ask, how so? With every zone having a thermostat? This system is energy efficient because with every zone having a thermostat, you no longer need to cool or heat a zone that doesn’t need cooling or heating. Hence, saving energy.
All it takes is a control from the thermostat in the specific zone, and HVAC service in that room stops.
3) Increased Lifespan Of HVAC System
An efficient system often encounters minimum wear and tear. The HVAC zoning system is no exception. Therefore zoning your HVAC system increases it’s efficiency thus increasing its lifespan.
4) Cleaner Indoor Air
In addition to energy efficiency, and comfort, the HVAC system ensures clean indoor air. Dividing your home into zones will ensure that air travels around your home. Indoor air might contain contaminants like dirt, and dust, depending on your climate.
The HVAC zoning system prevents these contaminants from spreading. Hence eliminating the possibility of allergic reactions or irritations.
Whether it is installing a new system or upgrading from a standard HVAC system to the HVAC zoning system, the MEP design firm you consult will determine the quality of your HVAC system. Do research on MEP design firms and make the right choice. Give HVAC zoning a try, and see for yourself all the good that it can do for your home.