You know that one room in your house that is always a different temperature to the rest? Or the one that always seems stuffy, even though you’re constantly trying to freshen it up? AC zoning systems are the latest in temperature controlling technology, allowing homeowners to enjoy rooms with different temperatures without having to constantly fiddle with one thermostat.
Most houses have just one thermostat, or sometimes two for larger homes. When used, this thermostat will change the temperature in the entire house, making every room hotter or colder. The only way to prevent certain rooms from being affected by this change is to manually close the air vents in that room. Not only does this take time and energy, it can also damage your AC system. Closing off too many outlets decreases airflow and this decreases the lifespan of your AC.
Enter AC zoning systems: these systems allow homeowners to divide their house into different areas or ‘zones’ which are then heated or cooled accordingly.
To understand how AC zoning systems work, you first need to understand the main components of any good system:
Consider the zone control panel as the brains of any zoning system. It acts as the main form of communication between the dampers, thermostats, and the actual AC/HVAC system itself.
Strategically placed thermostats in each room or zone read the temperature specific to that area. If it is too low or too high, the thermostat sends a signal to the zone control panel, which then changes the temperature accordingly.
Dampers are installed in the AC ductwork and are used to control the flow of air to different zones of the house. If the thermostat in a specific zone calls for more air, the zone dampers will open and regulate the quantity of air flowing into that area. Each damper is connected to a different zone on the control panel.
Essentially, an AC zoning system operates by cooling or heating different zones or areas in a house. First, you set the temperature for each zone on the zone control panel. Thermostats in that zone then record the temperature in their area, and send a signal to the control panel telling it to either open or close the zone dampers.
Comedians sometimes joke about the fact that people in one house constantly change the settings on the thermostat, making the temperature go up and down and up and down. With an AC zoning system, this kind of dilemma is avoided. People who enjoy colder temperatures can, for example, program the zoning control panel to make their bedroom colder than the rest of the house.
AC zoning also helps you to save money by using electricity more effectively. Say, for example, you own a house with two stories, but you hardly ever use the upstairs. An AC zoning system allows you to minimize the amount of conditioned air directed to that part of the house, saving on electricity costs and lessoning your environmental footprint.
Before installing an AC zoning system, you’ll need to work out how you want to divide your home. Will each room become its own zone, or will you separate the bedrooms from the rest of the house? If you aren’t sure how to properly zone your house, a professional from Art Plumbing, AC and Electric will come and assist you. It’s also important to note that installing an AC zoning system is not a DIY job – meddling around with a control panel when you aren’t fully licensed can damage your AC. Rather, call a specialist to help you zone your home properly.
If you ever require any assistance with AC related issues, Art Plumbing, AC and Electric is here to help.