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What Are the Options for HVAC Zone Control?

Not all HVAC systems offer options for central heating and cooling that can be adjusted from room to room. But that doesn’t mean options like this don’t exist. There are a few different ways that you can upgrade your existing HVAC system to include zone control for customized temperatures around your home.

You can give our team a call to schedule an appointment for a new installation or zone control system repair in Daleville. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about zone control options and which one might be right for your home and family.

Ductless Mini Split System

A ductless mini split system is one of the best ways to control different zones around your home. With a ductless mini split, you have smaller units dispersed throughout your house and each one provides heating and cooling for that room or a zone. 

Units are installed in larger zones when there are a couple of different rooms connected together. A kitchen and dining room or open floor plan with the kitchen and living room together are two examples. With this setup, it’s easy to close doors and set each unit to varying temperatures. One person can have cooling turned on, while another person has the temperature set slightly higher. 

The added benefit of having a ductless mini split is improved energy efficiency. Ductless mini splits are known for being much more energy efficient than other central systems that have attached ductwork. In fact, experts say that you have the potential to slash your energy costs by as much as 50% when you switch to ductless HVAC.

Zone Control Systems

If it’s not time to replace your existing HVAC system and you do have ductwork, there’s another option. Our team can talk to you about your expectations for controlling different zones around your house and install a zone control system inside of your ductwork. Then when you turn your HVAC system on, you can select the various zones to heat and cool.

You control when the flaps open and close based on your cooling needs. When you want to heat or cool a zone, the flaps open up to allow airflow. When you don’t, the flaps remain closed to channel airflow to other areas of your home instead. 

Zone control is a great way to reduce energy costs by heating and cooling only certain areas of your home when you are using them. For example, at night when everyone is asleep, you may want to use zone control to only heat or cool the rooms that people are sleeping in.

You can use a smart thermostat to automate zone control settings. For example, if you have your HVAC system set to only cool bedrooms at night, you can automate the flaps to open up and cool down the rest of your house 30 minutes or so before you wake up.

We can help you make the best choice for zone control installation. Rely on the experts at W.C. Butler Heating and Air Conditioning and schedule an appointment today.

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