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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on the path to an empty nest, you’ve got plenty on your mind. You have more free time in your future you’ll want to figure out things to do. You’re probably a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One thing you might want to put on that list of things to consider: A recently emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once your kids are all packed up and gone, one of the first things you’ll observe is some of your bills will decrease. After all, there are less people consuming the resources in your home—from water and food to electricity.

But even though you’re using less energy, that doesn’t mean you can’t be more efficient with the energy you do consume. With some open spaces, you’re racking up expenses to heat and cool rooms you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t resolve that—in fact, you’ll likely use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC choosing that option. Zoning might be just the ticket for you.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system regulates the air in your HVAC to target specific regions—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to push the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is challenging, zoning systems can be particularly helpful. Rather than deal with just one part of the home that is too hot or cold, zoning offers a custom temperature to be set in the area.

Zoning systems are also nice for empty nesters who want to save energy and costs each month. With a zoning system, you can design different zones in your home and control them individually. When the kids are away, you can set the temperature in their space to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small tweak and it’s like they never left.

Most importantly, you can save energy and costs using a zoning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could see a savings of up to 35 percent when you use zoning with a programmable thermostat.

When Should I Consider Zoning?

Zoning systems are a great fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while keeping their space just as comfortable as before. They’re also a good choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs noticeably between different floors or areas of the home.
  • Large windows are a part of frequently used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it hard to regulate temperatures.

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

Typically, zoning works best for residences that have a multi-stage variable capacity HVAC system. This ensures it can function at peak efficiency—so you can save energy and costs. However, there are systems for single-stage equipment that also let you earn the benefits of zoning.

And for circumstances that need an even more flexible solution, there are mini split systems that can act as a separate HVAC for difficult to regulate rooms.

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is different. The experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc can help you determine whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a great time to reexamine your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, our goal is to confirm that you’re comfortable and your system is working as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, contact us at 224-699-9229 or book an appointment with us online.

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