A home zoning system can improve your home comfort as well as cutting down your ongoing energy bills. The principle behind them is simple: not all areas of your home in the northwest Chicago suburbs need heating or cooling at the same rate, or at the same times.
For example, a guest room may only need to be heated or cooled when you’re entertaining guests. A dining room with high ceilings and large windows, by contrast, may need to be heated and cooled every day, but may need the thermostat set to a different temperature to keep it comfortable despite solar heat gain or hot air rising out of reach. Or a living area may be kept warm during the winter, while the bedrooms are kept cooler because sleepers will enjoy the warmth of thick blankets.
Home zoning allows you to control the temperature in each region of your home. It does this by re-balancing the airflow through your ductwork, using a series of dampers which can be opened and shut independently. This means that if not all of your home needs to be heated or cooled, your HVAC load can be significantly decreased.
One common energy-saving myth advises homeowners to approximate this function by closing vents in rooms that aren’t in use. The problem with this approach is that, while it stops conditioned air from entering the rooms, it doesn’t stop the room’s unconditioned air from re-entering the return vents leading back to the central HVAC system. This means that the central system is fed a steady supply of untreated air, which it has to work harder to heat or cool. It’s no substitute for a proper home zoning system.
If you’re curious about how a home zoning system would work in your northwest Chicago suburbs home, call us up at Ibbotson Heating & Air Conditioning! We’re always proud to help our Illinois neighbors meet their home comfort and energy-saving goals.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chicago, Illinois about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 847-603-2233.
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