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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on your way to an empty nest, you’ve got plenty on your mind. You have more free time in your future you’ll find ways to spend. You’re likely a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One factor you might want to put on that list of things to ponder: A recently emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once the kids are all packed up and gone, one of the first things you’ll observe is some of your utility costs will decrease. After all, there aren’t as many people using the resources in your home—from water and food to electricity.

But even though you’re using lower amounts of energy, that doesn’t mean you couldn’t be more efficient with the energy you do utilize. With some open spaces, you’re spending money to heat and cool areas you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t resolve that—in fact, you’ll possibly use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC that way. Zoning is a possible solution.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system manages the air in your HVAC to focus on specific areas—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to focus the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is difficult, zoning systems can be even more helpful. Rather than fight with just one part of the home that is too hot or cold, zoning allows a custom temperature to be set in the area.

Zoning systems are also helpful for empty nesters who want to save energy and money each month. With a zoning system, you can design different zones in your home and regulate them individually. When the kids are at their own place, you can set the temperature in their space to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small change and it’s like they never left.

Perhaps the best benefit, you can save energy and expenses using a zoning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could see a savings of up to 35 percent when you use zoning with a programmable thermostat.

When Should I Consider Zoning?

Zoning systems are a perfect fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while keeping their space just as comfortable as before. They’re also a smart choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs noticeably between different floors or spaces in the home.
  • Large windows are a part of commonly used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it hard to control temperatures.

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

Usually, zoning works best for homes that have a multi-stage variable capacity HVAC system. This ensures it can function at peak efficiency—so you can save energy and expenses. However, there are solutions for single-stage equipment that also let you realize the benefits of zoning.

And for cases that need an even more flexible solution, there are mini split systems that can act as a separate HVAC for difficult to regulate spaces.

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is distinctive. The professionals at Climate Control Systems can help you determine whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a perfect time to reassess your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Climate Control Systems, our goal is to ensure you’re comfortable and your system is operating as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, contact us at 828-283-0369 or book an appointment with us online.

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