Zoned HVAC Systems

Are some rooms in your home too hot compared to the rest of your house? Maybe there’s a south-facing bedroom that gets too stuffy and warm during the summer because of the extra sunlight it receives. Or maybe you have rooms with poor insulation, lower ceilings, or large windows that make them difficult to keep comfortable. Unfortunately, if you own a traditional HVAC system, it’s only equipped with one thermostat for the entire house, and you’ll continue to face comfort issues.

However, there is a solution to this problem – installing a zoned HVAC system in your Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, or Central Indiana home. Keep reading to learn what a zoned heating and cooling system is, how it works, and its many benefits. Contact the professional technicians at Star Heating & Cooling for all of your HVAC needs.

What Is a Zoned HVAC System?

Zoned HVAC systems allow you to regulate the temperature across your home more efficiently by dividing your home into different temperature zones. This allows you to customize the temperature in each zone to meet the needs of your family. Three main components make up a zoned system: a zone controller, zone dampers, and zone thermostats. The zone controller tells the dampers, which are located inside the ductwork, when to open or close to control the flow of conditioned air that comes into each zone. Each zone comes equipped with its own thermostat.

For example, let’s say your cooling system is running on a hot summer day. You have the temperature set on most of your thermostats to 72 degrees. But the temperature is set to 68 degrees in your south-facing bedroom to cool it down a bit more. In the rooms set to 72, the zone controller will close the dampers to prevent cool air from entering the ductwork in those areas of the home. However, the damper will remain open for your south-facing bedroom until it reaches 68 degrees.

Zoned HVAC systems can be retrofitted into existing heating and cooling systems or added to new systems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in Fishers, Noblesville, Carmel and the surrounding Central Indiana area

What Are the Benefits of a Zoned HVAC System?

A zoned HVAC system comes with a number of benefits, including:

Improved Comfort

Improving comfort levels within homes is often the biggest reason homeowners update or add zoned heating and cooling systems to their homes. Not only can you better regulate rooms that are hard to heat or cool, but you’ll also allow family members to adjust the temperature to their preferred preference in their own bedroom. For example, if little Johnny likes his bedroom at 66 degrees at night, and you enjoy yours at 70, you both win!

Increased Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

Instead of turning your HVAC system on to heat or cool your entire home, you can adjust the temperature accordingly in zones you rarely use. Avoiding heating and cooling those rooms can result in significant energy savings, which will lower your monthly energy bills.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

A zoned HVAC system can ensure even the most stuffy and difficult rooms to heat and cool will receive proper ventilation and conditioned air. Zoned HVAC systems also allow for the use of individual air filters in each zone for improved indoor air quality.

Longer Equipment Lifespan

A zoned HVAC system can extend the life of your heating and cooling system by operating at optimal levels. The system won’t be overworked when it only has to heat and cool certain zones instead of the entire home.

Ideal Applications for HVAC Zoning Systems

If your traditional heating and cooling system or heat pump meets your comfort needs, then you probably don’t need to worry about investing in a zoned HVAC system. But if you live in a larger home, and some of the rooms are difficult to keep comfortable, you may benefit from having a zoned heating and cooling system installed. Some of the most common applications for zoned HVAC systems include:

  • Cathedral ceilings

  • Bonus rooms over garages

  • Multiple-story homes

  • Sunrooms or four-season rooms

  • Rooms with large windows

  • Basement or attic living spaces

  • Multiple wings

Contact Star for Zoned HVAC System Services in Central Indiana

At Star Heating & Cooling, we want to ensure you remain comfortable in your home year-round. If you’re struggling to properly heat or cool certain rooms in your home, give us a call to learn more about zoned HVAC systems or to schedule an appointment in Central Indiana. We look forward to hearing from you!

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