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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on the path to an empty nest, you’ve got quite a bit on your mind. You have more free time in your future you’ll want to figure out things to do. You’re likely 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 newly 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 notice is some of your utility costs will decrease. After all, there aren’t as many 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 can’t be more efficient with the energy you do consume. With some open areas, you’re racking up expenses to heat and cool spaces you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t solve that—in fact, you’ll probably use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC choosing that option. Zoning might be just the ticket for you.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system regulates the air in your HVAC to focus on specific areas—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to divert the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is difficult, zoning systems can be even more helpful. Rather than deal with just one part of the home that is too hot or cold, zoning offers a custom temperature to be set in the area.

Zoning systems are also helpful for empty nesters who want to save energy and costs 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 area to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small tweak and it’s like they never left.

Perhaps the best benefit, you can save energy and money using a zoning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could experience 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 smart choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs radically between different floors or rooms in the home.
  • Large windows are a part of frequently used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it challenging 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 expenses. 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 spaces.

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is special. The team at Comfort Zone Inc can help you determine whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a perfect time to reassess your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Comfort Zone Inc, our goal is to ensure 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 239-214-0411 or book an appointment with us online.

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