Air conditioning is wonderful to have on hot summer days. However, you may want to have more cooling in some areas of your house and less in others. Have you heard of zoning technology? Let’s learn about how zoning technology cools your house more efficiently.
In a multiple-storey home, the top floor may require more cooling than the main floor, which in turn requires more cooling than the basement. As well, different people have different comfort levels. A comfortable temperature for one person might be too warm or too cool for another.
Zoning Technology Cools the House More Efficiently
Balanced air conditioning is achievable today due to a technology called “zoning”. Any central air conditioning system can be zoned. Dampers are installed in the ductwork to automatically open and close to direct the cooling where it is needed. If your home has one of the new ductless or “mini-split” systems, a separate indoor unit is installed in each zone.
One of the most common reasons for zoning today is to save energy. It makes sense to cool only those rooms that are actually in use – the living room or family room and kitchen during the day; the bedrooms at night. A programmable thermostat can be set up to automatically change the cooling emphasis through the day and night.
While it is possible to create a separate zone for every room in a home, the result would be an extremely complex and expensive system. A more common approach is to divide a home into individually cooled zones by floor.
In a two-storey house, the basement, main floor and upper floor would each have their own thermostat or programmable control. Your professional air conditioning contractor can explain how zoning your air conditioning system will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
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