Zoning System - Do I Need One?

Zoning System - Do I Need One?

First and foremost, what is a zoning system?  A zoning system is is a type of HVAC control that utilizes multiple zone sensors, thermostats and modulating dampeners to more effectively control temperatures throughout your home or office.  The result is a dual zone air conditioning system capable of providing different temperatures throughout your house. But do you need one?  Dual zone heating and cooling isn’t just for the rich and famous anymore, it’s a solution to households with multiple stories, high energy bills and is more affordable than you might think.  Here are a few things to look for to help you decide if a zoning system is right for you.

dual zone air conditioning systemIs a Zoning System Right for You and Your Air Conditioner?

Before you decide if a dual zone HVAC system is right for you and your family, you should ask a few questions about your home and whether or not it is comfortable:

  • 1. Do some areas of your home or office get hotter or colder than others?
  • 2. Does your home or office have multiple stories?
  • 3. Does your home or office have vaulted ceilings or a loft?
  • 4. Do you have any rooms with expansive glass areas or floor to ceiling windows?
  • 5. Do some parts of your home get used infrequently?
  • 6. Does a portion of or all of your home or office lay over a basement?
  • 7. Do certain members of your family have different temperature needs than the rest? (ie – does a grandmother typically prefer warmer temperatures in her room?)

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, then it is probably worth asking your local HVAC contractor about the possibility of installing a dual zone system to your air conditioner or heater.

How Difficult is it to Have a Dual Zone Air Conditioner Installed?

The installation is a relatively simple process that can be installed as part of your new air conditioning system or as a retrofit to your old one.  You can think about a zoning system as being somewhat similar to having a few different air conditioners hooked up to your home or office, each set to your desired temperature for that respective area.  One room could be 75 degrees and another could be 70.  Except the great part about a zoning system is that all of these areas run off of the same air conditioner.  A dual zone system instead relies on dampeners (which are kind of like the air flow nozzles in your car), which close partially or fully to redirect air floe through different areas in your house called “zones.”  This method of HVAC control can save significant amounts of money on your energy bill, particularly if you have areas that get used less often and require less air conditioning or heating.  For more information on how zoning systems work, take a look at dual zone air conditioning system.

How Much Does a Dual Zone Air Conditioning System Cost?

The cost of a dual zone system depends on your HVAC contractor, but a ballpark figure would be around $2,500-3,500 if it is done during an installation, depending on the size of your house and your area.  If the only thing that you are having done is the zoning system, it will probably be a bit more since the same team that would normally be installing a new AC system will have to go to your house just to do the zoning system.  This might seem pricy, but people who have installed dual zone HVAC systems have reported close to a 30% decrease in energy costs.  If you live in Santa Clarita, California then you know that with a 30% reduction in your air conditioning cost, then your dual zone system will likely pay for itself in five or six years.

For more information on how to make your house more efficient, try: What type of insulation should I use in my attic and how much?

All Systems Mechanical specializes in the installation and servicing of all makes and models of thermostats and HVAC control units, including dual zone air conditioning systems.  We can custom tailor a system specialized for your needs, ensuring your comfort for decades to come.  We’d be happy to help you.

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Tim K.

The University of Virginia - 2005 / The Wharton School of Finance - 2016 / U.S. Naval Aviator 2005-2015. At All Systems Mechanical air conditioning and heating, we believe that the experience our clients have is every bit as important as the products they receive. Simply put, our results speak for themselves, and we'd be happy to help. If you're in the market for a new AC or furnace, make sure that you get a fair price! Try our online calculator; click the tab on the top of this page for more information.

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