Although there are plenty of perks to owning a larger home, one of the downsides is that it costs more to keep it comfortable. Whether you’re running your furnace or your air conditioner in Oak Harbor, the amount of energy it takes to maintain the perfect temperature can leave you with less money to spend on things you actually want to buy. The good news is that there is a way to keep your Oak Harbor home comfortable while saving significant amounts of energy and money. That great solution is a zoned HVAC system.
What Is a Zoned HVAC System?
A zoned HVAC system essentially exists to take advantage of the fact that you don’t use all areas of your home equally. While there are some areas, such as the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms, that are used frequently, there are other areas that aren’t used that often.
A zoned system, then, seeks to split up these areas into two or more sections that can be heated and cooled separately from each other. Literally, HVAC zones in a home are separate HVAC systems from Island Heating & Air Conditioning that can be controlled independently to allow you to fine-tune the comfort of your home. This arrangement leads to several important advantages over a whole-home HVAC system.
Since each of the zones in your home is smaller than the home as a whole, these areas can utilize smaller and more efficient equipment for heating and cooling. The size needs for air conditioners and furnaces are calculated largely on the size of the space to be conditioned, even if that space happens to be in a larger home.
In some cases, the two or more smaller systems may end up being more efficient than one larger system, even when both smaller systems are running simultaneously. Even if they use slightly more energy when they’re both running, though, you will still save a lot of energy and money because you will likely run at least one system much less frequently.
More Direct Heating and Cooling
Another way that zoned systems help to save energy and money is that they provide more direct heating and cooling versus their whole-home counterparts. Although the equipment from Island Heating & Air Conditioning that is providing the heating and cooling is smaller, it has less area to which it must distribute the conditioned air.
This allows a higher volume of air to be circulated in each room, meaning they will reach the desired temperature more quickly. Therefore, as long as your home is properly insulated, your HVAC system won’t have to run as frequently, which will save you a lot of money on your utility bill.
Creates an Air Cushion
The savings that result from installing a zoned system from Island Heating & Air Conditioning are so significant that it may allow you to heat and cool areas that you normally would leave unconditioned. While it may seem counterintuitive, this extra heating and cooling capacity can save you money.
To explain, it’s important to understand that the HVAC system in the less-used zone will still run occasionally to maintain a certain temperature. Therefore, since every area throughout your home will be conditioned to a certain extent, it will create a cushion of air around those areas that are frequently used, and it will maintain a more comfortable temperature. This cushion of air will help to reduce the loss of conditioned air, thus decreasing the amount that your higher-use HVAC system will need to run.
Setting up a zoned HVAC system is one of the more complicated tasks within the realm of HVAC repair and installation. Therefore, it’s important to utilize skilled HVAC technicians, like those found at Island Heating & Air Conditioning, to ensure the job is completed correctly. Otherwise, any efficiency gains will be minimal, and your home will likely suffer from significant discomfort. Fortunately, we at Island Heating & Air Conditioning have years of experience installing zoned HVAC systems, as well as performing a variety of other HVAC repairs and maintenance tasks.
In addition to taking care of your air conditioner and furnace, we can install new thermostats, ductless mini-split systems and heat pumps. Thus, no matter what your home comfort needs entail, we can take care of you at Island Heating & Air Conditioning.
You’ll never have to worry about receiving personalized care when you utilize Island Heating & Air Conditioning. That’s because we’re family owned and operated and have been in business in this community for over 35 years. We stand behind our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, which has made us the talk of our customers, many of whom leave us five-star reviews. If you want to learn more about zoned HVAC systems, contact us at Island Heating & Air Conditioning today. We offer comprehensive heating and cooling services in Oak Harbor, WA.Tags: Energy Savings, Money Savings, Zoning System
August 8, 2020 6:11 pm