Many homeowners have struggled with specific comfort problems at home. Lofty ceilings, large windows and unfinished rooms can hamper your HVAC system’s ability to provide evenly distributed comfort. Things get even more complicated if family members disagree on what temperatures are comfortable.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself before deciding to install a zoning system:
Is my HVAC system single-stage or variable speed? Single-stage HVAC equipment is always running at 100% capacity. Because a zoning system only redirects airflow, you may end up overcompensating for what are ultimately minor comfort problems. Too much heating or cooling can cause short cycling, which wastes energy and puts additional strain on your HVAC system.
Do I have more than one thermostat? A single thermostat in a two- or three-story home often results in different temperatures between each floor. A zoning system can mitigate these differences.
Have I noticed hot or cold spots in specific rooms? Many hot and cold spots start in the ductwork. Maybe the layout is inefficient, or there’s a leak hiding behind the walls. Even renovation or new additions to your home can create these annoying gaps in comfort levels.