How Zone Control Systems Lower Your Energy Bills
Investing in efficient technology like a zone control system reduces your utility bills, saving money in the long term.
The savings can go a long way. Running your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system makes up nearly 50 percent of the average household’s energy expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Carrier Colorado offers you a network of nearby Carrier Factory Authorized HVAC specialists. We install state-of-the-art equipment proven to reduce your utility costs. Find a dealership in your neighborhood today.
What Is a Zone Control System?
Zone control systems divide your home into different temperature zones. It’s like having multiple HVAC systems in your Colorado home. Here’s how it works:
- Mechanical dampers mount inside your air ducts. As conditioned air travels through the ductwork, the dampers can block it or allow it to enter a given zone, depending on the temperature setting for that area.
- Thermostats are installed on the wall in each zone. They read the temperature and communicate with the dampers and your HVAC system. That way, the dampers know whether to block or allow air into the room to reach your target temperature.
How Can Zone Controls Save Money?
Zoning allows you to control the climate throughout your home. You can:
- Turn down the heat in unused rooms.
Chances are, not every room in your home is occupied at once, especially if you live in a larger home. That’s where zone control comes in handy—you can adjust the thermostats to get only hot or cool air in the areas you need.
- Extend your HVAC lifespan.
An overworked HVAC system wears out faster. Zone controls allow for lighter use since you’re only heating and cooling what’s necessary. Doing so reduces the wear-and-tear damage on internal components like blowers, coils, and heat exchangers from heavy HVAC usage.
- Pair it with a programmable thermostat.
It can be easy to forget to adjust your thermostat—Carrier Colorado suggests pairing your zone control with a programmable or smart thermostat. For instance, the Infinity® System Control can be paired with up to eight zones and has occupancy sensing capabilities, automatically creating the most efficient heating and cooling cycles possible.
What Are the Other Benefits of Zone Controls?
Zoning offers practical heating and air conditioning solutions for larger homes or rooms with patchy hot and cold spots. Here are a few other benefits:
- Your entire home is more comfortable.
One zone for your entire home isn’t always ideal. Multistory homes, or homes with tall ceilings, sizable windows, sliding doors, or concrete foundations, often have varying temperatures depending on the room. Zone controls help account for this, so the room you’re in never feels too drafty or stuffy.
- Everyone gets a thermostat!
Some like it hot, and some like it cool. With a zone control system, everyone can set their zone to the temperature they desire. Carrier Colorado has found this especially beneficial for homeowners with a separate apartment, guest room, or bed and breakfast.
- You can meet specific temperature needs in your home.
Do you have a room with specific needs or a particular use? Turn it into a zone to meet the temperature and humidity requirements. Examples include gyms, pools, indoor gardens, and humidors.