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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 need to fill. You’re probably a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One factor you might want to add to that list of things to consider: A freshly emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once your kids are all packed up and out the door, one of the first things you’ll see is some of your utility costs will decrease. After all, there aren’t as many people using the resources in your home—from water and food to electricity.

But even though you’re using a reduced amount of energy, that doesn’t mean you couldn’t be more efficient with the energy you do use. 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 solve that—in fact, you’ll likely use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC that way. Zoning is a possible solution.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system controls the air in your HVAC to target specific spaces—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to divert 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 allows 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 create different zones in your home and control them individually. When the kids are gone, you can set the temperature in their area to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small adjustment and it’s like they never left.

Best of all, 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 Ponder Zoning?

Zoning systems are an ideal fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while keeping up with their home comfort. They’re also a great choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs radically between different floors or areas of the home.
  • Large windows are a part of frequently used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it challenging to regulate temperatures.

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

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

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

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is special. The team at Airmax Long Island 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 reevaluate your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Airmax Long Island Inc, 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, call our experts at 631-737-5566 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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