How Zoning Systems Can Affect Your Home

Barstow and Sons Is an Expert on Zoning HVAC Systems

Having served the area since 1980, Barstow and Sons has a reputation for being a trusted partner for all of your heating and cooling needs. Our staff of HVAC experts is happy to describe how residential zoning systems work and how they will benefit you. With benefits ranging from improved comfort to increased savings, let us explain why an HVAC zoning system may be the best improvement you can make for your home.

What Is a Zoning HVAC System?

A Zoning HVAC system divides a home or building into sections that can be independently heated and cooled. Through the use of a zoning system, you can control the climate in specific areas rather than regulating the same temperature through the entire home. Designating individual rooms for targeted climate control allows homeowners to govern their comfort and reduce energy consumption throughout the house.

How Do Residential Zoning Systems Work?

A residential zoning system operates using electronically-controlled dampers in the ductwork of your home that regulate your heating and cooling system and redirect conditioned air to specific areas. These dampers serve as valves to control the flow of heated or cooled air. Each zone of a house that features a residential zoning system will have a separate thermostat, which controls the dampers in the air ducts. The thermostat will adjust the dampers to allow more air through until the zone has reached its desired temperature, after which the dampers will close and the air will be sent to the rest of your house.

How Do Zoning HVAC Systems Save Money?

Zoning HVAC systems will save you money by improving the energy efficiency of your home. By using a programmable thermostat, you will not waste energy heating or cooling rooms that do not need conditioning. The U.S. Department of Energy revealed that zoning can provide energy savings of up to 35%. At that rate of savings, your Zoning HVAC system could pay for itself within five years, after which you would be getting a return on your investment for as long as you own the home. Additionally, your units will operate more efficiently as a result of having a lighter workload, which will increase their longevity.

How Much Do Zoning Systems Cost?

The price of your zoning system will vary depending on how many different zones you need in your home. It will also differ if you are trying to retrofit your home as opposed to installing a zoning system in a new house. The total cost of equipment will likely range from roughly $500 to $750 for a two-zone system. That figure will increase by $150-$300 for each additional zone. This equipment includes thermostats, a zone control panel, zone sensors, power dampers, wiring, fasteners, and necessary tools. It is reasonable to expect the complete installation of a two-zone system for a new home to cost between $1,500 and $1,850. Installation of a two-zone system in an existing house would likely be $2,000 to $2,500. Expect to pay up to $350 more for each additional zone in a new home, and up to $500 per zone in an existing home.

Why Should I Get an HVAC Zoning System?

An HVAC zoning system can benefit almost any household. Not only will it improve your home’s energy efficiency and save you money, but it will also allow you to accommodate the climate preferences of each of your family members. You will not waste energy or put unnecessary stress on your heating and cooling units by conditioning rooms that do not need it. Call Barstow and Sons today and plan on reaping the benefits of improved comfort and lower utility bills immediately!

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