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What is Zoning and Is It Right for Your Home?

Even indoors, temperatures are rarely even. Scientifically, we know that heat rises, so rooms on the second or third floor will be hotter than rooms on the ground floor. Rooms with large windows and exposure to sunlight will naturally be hotter than rooms with no windows at all. The temperature inside your home varies from room to room, so why should you use the same level of heating and cooling in every room? The solution is to switch to a zoned HVAC system through the use of multiple thermostats.

How Zoned HVAC Systems Work

Zoned HVAC systems are actually pretty simple: they implement multiple thermostats that all connect to a zone controller. That zone controller then connects to the dampers in the ductwork. Depending on the temperature of the room, the individual thermostats send commands to the zone controller to open or close the dampers proportionately. Therefore instead of heating or cooling the whole home, your HVAC system works to address the heating and cooling needs of different parts of the house.

Benefits of Zoned HVAC Systems

The first benefit of zoning is one we’ve already touched on: temperature tends to vary in your home naturally. Certain rooms take more cooling, while others need very little cooling at all. Instead of needing to put on a sweater in one room only to take it off when you move to the next room, you can adjust each room to the perfect temperature and make your home that much more comfortable.

Zoning helps you to save energy, as some rooms will require less energy than others to keep comfortable. Zoned HVAC systems are preferred for newer homes, so zoning will add value to your home in the event that you ever choose to sell it. It’s also more convenient. You don’t have to walk across the house in order to adjust the temperature; you can simply adjust it from where you are.

Zoning Compatible Thermostats

Bryant® offers a wide variety of thermostats that are compatible with zone controllers, or zoning panels as they’re often called. You can find systems that allow anywhere from two zones to a total of eight zones. And it’s not just one type of thermostat that’s compatible with zoned HVAC systems. You can find zone compatible wifi thermostats, programmable thermostats, or even your favorite non-programmable thermostats. Many of these thermostats also offer humidity control, which can be a powerful boon in the heat of College Station summers. Combining the cutting edge of thermostat technology with the convenience and benefits of zoning will only add to your home comfort and your energy efficiency.

Between zoning systems and high tech, convenient home thermostats, Bryant® offers some of the best home heating and cooling equipment available. It’s for this reason that we at Air Solutions in Bryan-College Station take pride in being a Bryant® dealer. The question is whether or not a zoned HVAC system is right for your home. Contact us today if you have any further question about the benefit of zoning in your home.

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