Using Zoning Systems for Optimal Control Over Indoor Temperatures
Why are you heating your bedroom all day long when you’re only in there for seven to eight hours a night? That’s a waste of energy that you’re also spending money on. Installing a zoning system in your home will give you optimal control over the temperatures in every room in your home.
Understanding Zoning Systems
Zoning systems allow you to control the temperature in different parts of your home. During zoning installation, the house is sectioned off into different zones. You might create different zones for each floor of your home, or put the bedrooms in one section and the living area in another. The configuration of zones is based completely on your house, its configuration and your family’s schedule.
Each zone has its own programmable thermostat scheduled to the family’s needs in that particular area of the house. Each zone’s thermostat links back to a central control panel that manages the heating and cooling system. The control panel also links to the ductwork within the home, where a series of dampers control air flow into each zone.
How Do Zoning Systems Work?
Let’s say the thermostat in the bedroom zone detects the temperature has dropped too low. The thermostat signals the control panel to send heat to that area. The control panel turns on the furnace and opens up the dampers to the bedroom zone. The heat pours into the zone until the thermostat detects the temperature has reached the desired level. The thermostat then signals the control panel to shut off heating to the bedroom zone. The control panel shuts off the furnace and closes all the dampers.
The level of control that you have in your home depends on the number of zones you have, as well as the schedule you set on the thermostats. But, even a couple of zones and a general schedule can help you cut energy costs without sacrificing home comfort.
For more information on adding a zoning system to your home, contact the professionals at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
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