Like their name would suggest, zoned heating and cooling systems are alternative HVAC systems that make use of either multiple small heating and cooling units or a complex series of vents that allows for you to customize the temperature in various rooms of your home, instead of setting a single temperature for the entire house. This distinctive method of heating and cooling your home carries a unique set of characteristics with it. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages associated with zoned heating and cooling can help you decide if it is the right fit for your home's climate control needs.

Advantages of Zoned Heating and Cooling

Increased Comfort Levels: The main advantage associated with zoned heating and cooling systems is the fact that you can control your temperatures exactly in all areas of your home. This allows for you to enjoy the perfect comfort level in every room of your home, no matter the season, and means that you won't have to argue with family members over the ideal temperature for the thermostat.

Energy Savings: Another key advantage of a zoned heating and cooling system is the fact that the customization associated with the system means that there will be less energy wasted. This is because you can choose not to heat or cool certain areas of your home that no one is in, and only provide a small amount of heating and cooling to the bedrooms of your home during the night. This will be reflected in lower energy bills each month, which can help pay for the cost of the system over time.

Disadvantages of Zoned Heating and Cooling

Installation and Maintenance Costs: However, despite the higher degree of customization and the energy savings that a zoned HVAC system will provide, it should be noted that the installation process of zoned systems is much more complicated than traditional forced air systems. This is because more ductwork, heating and cooling units, and vents need to be installed, which drives up labor and material costs. Further, the increased complexity of the system means that any repairs that need to be done in the future will be expensive and complicated when compared to forced air system repairs.

Suitability: In a similar vein to the above point, the simple size of the additional materials and ductwork associated with zoned heating and cooling systems means that they require a certain amount of space in your home to be installed. This unfortunately means that older and smaller homes may just be unable to have zoned heating and cooling systems installed due to space constraints.

Speak with your air conditioning service for more information.