You’ve noticed some warm and cold spots in your home since you moved in. At first you thought you could live with them, but now it’s frustrating – you want to use the basement as a family room, but it’s just too cold; that extra room on the second floor would be great as an office, but it turns into a sauna in the summer; and you can’t turn the air conditioning up in the living room without over conditioning the first floor, too.
You talked to your local contractor, and he gave you a solution: zoning. Great, problem solved. But what else does zoning do other than fix those uncomfortable spots? What additional benefits does it bring?
Lowers your energy bill
Zoning allows you to raise or lower the temperature in different areas in your home (zones). When a zone isn’t being put to use, the temperature in that zone can be lowered which saves on energy consumption.
Increases comfort across your home
Hot and cold spots aren’t the only spots in your home that could use some increased comfort. When Family Member A is cooking in the kitchen and the oven is making it a little warmer than you like, you can lower the temperature in that zone without decreasing it in the living room where Family Members B and C are playing a board game and like it to be a little warmer.
Or maybe Mom and Dad like their room a little on the cooler side when they sleep, but the kids like it to be a little toastier. That can also be done since there is a separate thermostat in each of those zones.
Allows you to schedule your comfort
Programmable thermostats are terrific. They’re even better when paired with zoning – you can set different areas of your home to raise and lower the temperature at different times of the day based on what parts of your home you use at those times. Only use your family room on the weekends? Set it to a more comfortable temperature for Saturdays and Sundays. Does the dining room and kitchen go unused until 5:00? Set the system lower for the hours you’re away from it. Does someone work from home but only uses one or two areas during the day? Keep those areas more comfortable while using less energy to heat or cool the rest of the house until everyone comes home from work and school. Programmable thermostats aren’t necessary for zoning, but they can be useful.
Once it’s in, it’s done
Zoning systems like the Arzel® systems don’t have to be regularly maintained. Once the system is installed, that’s it. No yearly check-ups or routine maintenance needed; and that means no added cost to you.
Increases the value of your home
When it comes time to sell, a zoning system will even add value to your home.
So start putting that extra space to use; give your local contractor a call. You’ll be glad you did.