Tired of Hot Spots in your Home? – Zoning May Be the Answer

Posted on June 28, 2013 by Bailey Horlander

Zoned Heating and Cooling, Kansas CityAre your upstairs bedrooms always too warm? Is the great room uncomfortably stuffy in the summer? What about your finished basement? Is it always 10-20 degrees cooler than the rest of your home? Is the room over the garage extremely warm in the summer? If your home has “hot spots” in the summer, it isn’t that your air conditioner isn’t doing its job. It’s that you’re expecting your air conditioner to equally cool every room when those rooms don’t get warm equally. The answer to the problem is most likely zoned heating and cooling.

Zoned Heating and Cooling Gives Kansas City Area Homeowners Control

There are a lot of two-story homes in this area that have a hard time staying comfortable. With zoned heating and cooling, each floor of your home can be divided into individual comfort zones that have their own thermostat. This allows you to control which areas get what amount of air conditioning and when they get it.

Is Your Home’s Design Causing Heating and Cooling Problems?

The layout of your home can greatly affect the temperature in individual areas. Certain home design features can cause irregular heating and cooling or make it difficult to properly condition areas throughout your home. Some typical home design challenges include:

·   Rooms with vaulted ceilings

· Rooms with a lot of windows

· Finished lower levels

· Bonus rooms

· Sunrooms

· Multi-level floor plans

Because heat rises, homes with vaulted ceiling or multiple levels experience noticeable differences in temperatures. Rooms with lots of windows collect heat from solar gain. Rooms above empty areas like garages that are poorly insulated will definitely reflect the heat from these areas. Incorrect duct work can also cause problems in room additions. The bottom line is that there is no way a single thermostat can satisfy two rooms with different comfort demands.

Pinpoint the Rooms You Want Cooled

Zoning systems allow multi-point control over your heating and air conditioning system. By installing multiple thermostats throughout your home, you can send cooling air to areas where it’s needed, only when it’s needed. Not only will you be more comfortable, you’ll also minimize energy being wasted trying to cool upstairs areas and unused rooms. The zoning system uses a series of dampers to control air delivery to individual rooms. These dampers are controlled by the thermostats. They open and close to let air flow get to where it’s needed in areas that are “calling” for heating or cooling and shut off other areas that do not need conditioning.

Be Cooler and Save Energy with a Zoned Heating & Cooling System

If you a have rooms you don’t use, why pay to condition those spaces? If comfort is the problem, then we can pinpoint the rooms that have the cooling issues.  If you’re more concerned about conserving energy and paying less for your air conditioning, we can show you how using programmable thermostats with your zoning system can decrease energy usage by only cooling the rooms in your home that are being used instead of cooling the entire house with one thermostat. Be more comfortable and lower your energy bills. Heartland Quality can install a zoning system in Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or anywhere in the Kansas City area. Give us a call at (816) 525-2031 and we’ll come to your home and give you an estimate for a zoned heating and cooling system.

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