Energy costs are on the rise again, and strapped homeowners are constantly looking for ways to cut down on them.
Customized Zoning System
One way is to control the distribution of heated and cooled air throughout your house. Typically, a homeowner is unable to focus on just one room or area inside, but with the installation of a customized zoning system you won’t be wasting energy controlling the temperature of a room that is never used.
It is not uncommon to find fluctuations in temperature throughout your house. A variety of things, such as vaulted ceilings or picture windows, can affect the temperature in just one small area of the home. Consider this scenario: Your family spends the majority of their time in the living room, which has a high ceiling. During the winter they feel cold as the heat rises up, so you adjust the thermostat to make them more comfortable. While straightening up, you enter a guest bedroom that is never used, and has a large westward facing window and are immediately overwhelmed from the heat. Think about the amount of energy being wasted on heating that room.
Having a zoning system installed prevents exactly that type of scenario. Multiple thermostats are placed around the home and connected to one central control panel. The control panel can open and close the dampers in your duct work allowing you to determine how heated and cooled air is distributed throughout the house.
How Does This Save Money?
On the surface, this seems like a costly home improvement project, but a system has been developed that allows for the installation of a zoning system that works with the duct work already in place inside your house. Instead of relying on motors to open and close ducts, an air system is installed to do the job. Any expense to you will be quickly refunded by the savings on your energy bill. The Department of Energy reports that installing a zoning system can save a homeowner almost 30% on their utilities.
This is not a home improvement project to take on by yourself. Consult with an HVAC technician to see first if it is right for your home. Walk with them through the house and show which areas you would like to be able to control together. The total area covered by each zone has to be as close in number as possible. Anything over 3 zones will require some extra work to expand the ducts.
The Lennox Harmony III is one of the more popular zoning systems offered on the market. It has a high energy efficiency rating and will reduce your utility costs substantially. The changeover from a heating to cooling operation is automatic which means you do not have to constantly play with the controls to get your desired temperature. The Lennox Harmony III can easily be integrated into your existing heating and cooling systems with the help of a HVAC technician and allows for up to 4 different zones in your home.
Having A Zoning System Installed
If you are considering making a change in your home that can help save you money, a zone system may be just what you are looking forward. Engineered Solutions Heating and Air Conditioning provides the St Louis metro area with the highest quality HVAC services. Call Engineered Solutions at (314) 394-0802 today to see if a zoning system is right for you.