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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

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

Once the kids are all packed up and on their way, one of the first things you’ll observe is some of your utility costs will decrease. After all, there are less people utilizing 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 rooms, you’re paying to heat and cool rooms you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t resolve that—in fact, you’ll probably use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC going that route. Zoning is a possible solution.

What is Zoning?

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

Zoning systems are also nice for empty nesters who want to save energy and expenses each month. With a zoning system, you can design different zones in your home and manage them individually. When the kids are away, you can set the temperature in their room to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small adjustment and it’s like they never left.

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

When Should I Think About Zoning?

Zoning systems are an ideal fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while maintaining comfort levels. They’re also a good choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs noticeably between different floors or areas of the home.
  • Large windows are a part of commonly used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it difficult to maintain temperatures.

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

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

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

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is distinctive. The experts at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning can help you decide whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a great time to reassess your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning, our goal is to confirm that you’re comfortable and your system is working as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, give us a call at 818-275-0897 or book an appointment with us online.

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