Life has been different this year, with COVID-19-related restrictions prompting many of us to forgo holiday travel and traditions in favor of hunkering down at home and relying on our imagination, Netflix, and our HVAC system to keep us happy.
But staying in over the holidays and this winter comes with one perk: more time for curling up with family in front of a decorated tree or roaring fire, watching holiday movies, baking cookies or simply relaxing and staying cozy. Unfortunately, many home-bound families have faced higher utility bills since the pandemic began. Maintaining the comfort of home without breaking the bank has become a higher priority than ever before, especially as heating season continues to march on and we look for creative ways to keep the winter fun indoors.
We commonly hear that the bedroom is always cold and the kitchen is the hottest room in the house (or some variation thereof). First and foremost, you may need to reexamine your heating system. The most common HVAC systems don’t always resolve these pockets of differing temperatures.
Homeowners in the Pittsburgh area can benefit from a multi-zoned HVAC system. This may resolve some family arguments between your cold-loving spouse and your heat-loving children. Below are seven benefits to using a zoning system.
Zoned HVAC Systems Have Separate Thermostats
With separate zoning for designated areas of your home, you can control the temperature directly with thermostats for those zones. The heat-loving children can have their thermostat set at a warm 75 degrees, while you and your spouse can set the temperature to a cooler 68 degrees, if separated into independent zones.
Increased Energy Efficiency
If you have parts of your home that you aren’t using regularly, you can put those rooms in their own zones with a thermostat to control the temperature directly. Keeping that zone warmer in the summer or cooler in the winter will cut down on your energy use, saving money and electricity over time. The system won’t be trying to heat or cool the entire house, so less energy will be used.
This is also beneficial for the current working-from-home family. After breakfast and as you log onto your computer for your 9 am Zoom call, why would you want to keep the bedroom at a comfortable 70 degrees when there’s no one there?
Longer Life for Your Zoned HVAC System
With independent thermostats for each zone, the HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to maintain a singular temperature throughout your home. Reducing the temperature in unused parts of the home also reduces the draw on the overall system, putting less stress on the unit and extending the life of the entire system.
Many zoned systems can be operated remotely, with a smart thermostat and your personal smartphone. If you know you’ll be out for the day and didn’t adjust the thermostat accordingly, just open the mobile app and make the necessary adjustments. If the weather changes faster than you anticipated, you can make immediate changes at any time.
You could even save yourself the walk to the thermostat and just log in from your own bed if you want to make any changes. It’s sweet — we know.
Depending on the scope of the installation, creating a zoned system can take from one to several days. Some installations are ductless, independent systems set solely in one room, while others are created with traditional ductwork, using dampers to reduce or increase airflow to separate zones.
Independent, ductless zoning systems are generally compact and fit comfortably within the zones. They can also be design-friendly, with a variety of styles and colors.
Two Units in One
While standard heating and cooling systems use a furnace and an air conditioning system, a ductless zoning system will combine the two services into one unit by through the use of a heat pump or individual ductless units.
Streamlining the systems also helps keep your home comfortable by keeping the set areas at your preferred temperature on the schedule you determine. This cuts down on maintenance costs, upkeep, and ductwork expenses.
Keep your family comfortable and happy with a zoned HVAC system. Some options include fan controls, humidity controls, and remote controls, each of which can be adjusted independently to your personal comfort. With easy installation and increased efficiency, the zoning system may well be the best option for your home.
About Spurk HVAC
Spurk HVAC was formed in 2018 and is located in Warrendale, Pennsylvania. We proudly serve Cranberry Twp., Wexford, Gibsonia, Mars, and the surrounding areas. We are an American Standard Customer Care Dealer and a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor.
We service all makes and models. Please contact us if you are seeking a heating repair, heating system replacement, air conditioner repair, air conditioning maintenance, air conditioning replacement, or any other heating & cooling services. Whether you are looking for residential or commercial HVAC services, we look forward to any and all opportunities to become your preferred HVAC contractor.