If you live in the Morton Grove, Skokie or Niles area, chances are you’ve heard a bit about zoning systems. If so, you’re probably wondering just what they are and how they work, as well as how they can benefit you in terms of home comfort and energy efficiency.
What Are Zoning Systems?
Zoning divides a home into separate heating/cooling zones. Instead of one central control for temperature throughout the home, these systems provide the ability to control temperatures in each of these areas independently. This allows temperature settings in each zone to be adjusted for factors that include the frequency and timing of room usage, the personal preferences of residents and environmental conditions, such as a south-facing room that’s warmer than other areas of the home or one that tends to be chillier.
How Do They Work?
In a forced air system, zoning systems use several thermostats, all connected to a master control panel. That panel works to customize temperatures throughout the home by opening and closing dampers in the home’s ductwork.
Zoning can increase home comfort by providing customized heating and cooling to separate areas of the home, eliminating cold or hot spots without over-heating or over-cooling the rest of the home. These systems can also be set to reduce heating or cooling in rarely used rooms and in certain areas of the home during unoccupied hours – the main area of the home when everyone is sleeping, for instance. A properly designed, installed and programmed zoning system can reduce energy consumption and utility bills by up to 30 percent.
Learn more about zoning systems offered Gartner Heating & Cooling or contact us today at 847-448-0596 for more information about your specific Chicago home!