Keeping Your Home Cool during the Sweltering, Summer Months

What Is Zoned Air Conditioning?

by Anthony Graves

Air conditioning is one of the highest consumers of energy in a standard home. This means that efficiency is important if you want to keep your energy costs as low as possible. One of the factors that cause inefficient air conditioning is cooling more space than you need to.

The answer to this is zoned air conditioning. Zoned air conditioning is a way of cooling only specific rooms or areas. This helps to avoid cooling rooms that aren't occupied, as this wastes a lot of energy. Each room can represent a single zone and each zone is assigned a number.

How Does Zoned Air Conditioning Work?

To apply zoned air conditioning in your home, you'll need to define the specific zones in your house. Each of these zones will have its own thermostat which will be connected to the main control panel. The ducts will have sensors placed in them to monitor temperatures in different zones.

The thermostats are used to program the temperature for specific zones. The sensors will then send signals to the flex dampers, telling them whether to close or open.

Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

You can also have zoned air conditioning in your home by using ductless systems. This is a good option if you can't install ductwork in your home. This system has a compressor (outside unit), indoor units, and a thermostat controller (usually handheld). The indoor units work like independent evaporators and give you more flexibility in defining your zones.

Compared to other options, ductless systems are easy to install. They only need a three-inch hole for the conduit, which reduces the amount of space needed. Perhaps the main advantage of these units is that you don't have to worry about unsightly ductwork running throughout your home.

Why Should You Go for Zoned Air Conditioning?

Apart from the amount of money you'll be saving thanks to more efficient cooling, people in your home will be able to enjoy greater levels of comfort. People have been fighting over thermostat settings for decades. The truth is that not everybody enjoys the same ambient temperature. With zoned air conditioning, everyone can have their ideal temperatures in their rooms.

Another reason to consider zoned air conditioning is that these systems can be easily integrated with the HVAC system that you currently use in your house. If you're working with a professional air conditioning repair and installation service provider, you could have your zoned AC system in no time. 

Contact a company like GNL Heating and Cooling for more information.