Thanks to many advancements in technology, you can choose HVAC systems with many features, including dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air purifiers, and even zoned heating. Zoned heating is an option that allows you to heat different zones of the house, instead of the entire house as one zone. If you are considering replacing your HVAC system in the near future, check out these facts about zoned heating and cooling.
It Can Be Expensive to Install
If you want zoned heating, you’ll have to upgrade to a new HVAC system. You can’t really add zoned heating or try to mimic it by closing vents. All this does is put extra strain and stress on your system, which will cause it to break down more often. Therefore, even if you do see any energy savings, you’ll be spending more on repairs and early replacement.
On average, a new central air conditioner costs about $3,500 to $4,000 or more for special features like zoned heating. A new gas furnace costs about $400 to $2,000, depending on the quality, features, and size, including zoned heating. If you don’t already have ductwork because you never had forced air heating and cooling, expect to add $35 to $55 per linear foot of ductwork (including labor).
You’ll also likely want and need an advanced thermostat. Instead of one with just a dial or a few buttons, a smart thermostat will help boost your zoned HVAC system to the next level. However, this will also increase the price by about $200 to $300, depending on the features.
It Ensures That Everyone Is Comfortable
If many people live in your home, you may not all get cold at the same time. Even if it is a cold day, you may feel the negative effects of the cold more than everyone else in the home. Of course, this will make you want to turn up the heat, but then everyone else will be too hot. Some people may try to close vents, but this actually creates drafts and uneven temperatures.
Zoned heating, however, fixes this problem by giving everyone their own zone. This is especially helpful if you have multiple floors. If you’re in your living room on the first floor during a hot summer, you may not need much power to keep you cool. However, since heat naturally rises, the upper floors are hotter and more uncomfortable.
With zoned heating, you can use more power to better cool the upstairs rooms without making the downstairs a freezer. This allows everyone to be more comfortable during the hot and cold months without having to bundle up or dress down.
It Can Save You Money in the Long Run
Finally, zoned heating is amazing because it can save you money each month on your heating and cooling. One way it does this is by allowing you to heat/cool rooms differently (like in the example above). By cooling or heating each floor individually, you don’t end up wasting too much energy by overly cooling or heating one zone.
Zoned heating and cooling also helps save you money by allowing you to turn off different zones. This may not be possible if you have multiple people in the home, but if it’s just you, it may actually be practical to turn off different zones.
For example, if you are hanging out downstairs all day, you can heat/cool that floor only. Then, when you go to bed upstairs, you can switch the zones and turn off the downstairs. This allows you to only heat the rooms you need and put less stress on the system.
Zoned heating and cooling can be just what you need to save money and keep everyone in the house more comfortable. If you would like more information about zoned heating/cooling or other HVAC systems, contact us at Service 1 Plumbing, Heating & A/C, Inc.