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Should you install a zoned heating system?

Posted on: September 16, 2010

Imagine this: it’s a cold winter night. You and your family are warm in the living room watching a movie or playing a board game.  Your conventional heating system doesn’t know you are all in the same room, and it continues to pump heat into every room in your house. Not very efficient, is it?

Fortunately, there is a new concept in heating emerging that will let you and your family enjoy your time together without worrying about wasting money on your heating bills. Zoning is a system that allows you to heat only select rooms at any given time, preventing you from wasting heat in unoccupied rooms and giving your heating unit a chance to not work as hard.

How zoned heating systems work

Through the use of multiple thermostats connected to automatic dampers in your home’s duct work, forced air zoning systems allow you to intelligently control the air flow to every register in your house. Thermostats can be set up in any room or space where you want them. New technologies are available now that make it possible to install a zone heating system without having to replace existing duct work.

The thermostats control the dampers in the ductwork, which are able to redirect the warm air flow the way you want it. No more wasted heat, no more wasted money – with zoned heating, you only heat the rooms you want.

When to get a zoned heating system

You will benefit most from a zoned heating system if:

  • You live in a multi-level home
  • You have large, open areas, such as high ceilings, lofts or sunrooms
  • Your house has an extra room off the back or above the garage
  • You have a finished attic or basement
  • You have large glass windows
  • Your family members prefer different temperatures
  • Your heating and cooling patterns vary throughout the day
  • Part of your house is built over a concrete floor

How zoning can benefit you

For many families, it is all too common to have a heating system that heats the upstairs too much and leaves the downstairs too cold. Most homes use one, or at the most two thermostats – unfortunately, that the only place in your home where the temperature matches the thermostat is right at the thermostat. Large windows, high ceilings, finished basements, lofts, and more all make your heating system work harder and can contribute to uneven heating, leaving your home with warm spots and cold spots.  With a zoned heating system, you never have to worry about this again. Using a zoned heating system, you can keep your upstairs a few degrees cooler than your downstairs, allowing you to sleep in perfect comfort.

Not only that, but having a zoned heating system can save you hundreds of dollars on your heating bills every month. In many cases, zoned heating systems have allowed homeowners to save up to 30% on their monthly utility bills!

If you want to learn more about zoned heating systems in Gaithersburg, or would like to find out how you can install a zoned heating system, call James A. Wheat & Sons today!