Boehmer Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Zone Control’

Zoning Your Home for Better Energy Efficiency

Monday, October 10th, 2016

When you have a large home, heating and cooling costs are always higher than you’d like. The energy it takes to warm a home that has several bedrooms and, therefore, several vents can be costly. And some days, it seems like the only way to save is to lower the temperature beyond comfort.

Upgrading your AC or heating system to include zone control could be the solution you need for lower bills during even the most extreme temperatures—and an improvement to your comfort!

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Zone Control: It’s Great for Cooling and Heating

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Have you been looking for a cooling and heating solution that will help you customize your heating and cooling while also satisfying the people in your home? Then you are going to want to consider the installation of a zone control system. This type of system works directly with the source of your air delivery: your home’s ductwork. The HVAC experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling can help you with a zone control system for your home in Bethel Park, PA – just give us a call!

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Customize Your Cooling with a Zone Control System

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Temperatures are finally moving up instead of down, and if you haven’t turned on your home’s AC yet, you will soon enough. Then comes the battle: the endless fight over the right temperature. We’ve all been there, with someone turning the temperature up while another one turns it down. But if you have a zone control system, that battle no longer exists. Why? Because when your home is divided into different temperature zones that all operate independently from one another, you no longer have to engage in the Battle of the Thermostat. As you may suspect, professional installation is the key to attaining all the benefits a zone control system has to offer you, and the experts at Boehmer Heating & Cooling are here to help. Call us today, and let us show you what a zone control system can do for you and your home in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Heat Pump and Zoning or Zone Control Systems: A Tip From Bridgeville

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

When you’re putting in a heat pump in your Bridgeville home, it may also be a great time to look into having a zone control system put in as well. These types of systems can do a lot to both lower your energy bills and make your home as comfortable as possible throughout the year.

Zone control systems actually allow you to set different temperatures in different parts of your home. They use a system of dampers to direct more heat to certain areas and less to others. For instance, you may like to keep the living room nice and cozy in the winter because you’re typically just lounging around when you’re in there.

When you’re working in the kitchen, on the other hand, you’re usually generating some heat yourself from the stove and oven, so you don’t need to keep the temperature quite as high as it is in other parts of the house in order for the kitchen to remain comfortable. Of course, in the summer, these situations are likely reversed, and a zone control system will allow you to adjust accordingly.

Having the type of refined temperature control that zone control systems provide can be beneficial on several levels. It certainly helps make your home more comfortable, but it can also make it easier to reduce some of your home heating and cooling costs because you don’t have to heat or cool your whole house to keep it that way.

Zone control systems can also be a great way to end those constant thermostat battles that tend to erupt from when certain members of the household prefer one temperature, while the rest of the people in the house are more comfortable with another.

If you’re thinking of integrating a zone control system with your heat pump, you should make sure that the heat pump you get is as compatible as possible with this type of system. Most heat pumps will, in fact, work with zone control systems, but certain types are better than others.

The most important thing to look at when you’re trying to find the best heat pump to fit with a zone control system is the type of compressor the unit has. Heat pumps are available with one-speed, two-speed and multi-speed compressors and this affects how well they work at part of a zone control system. For best results, it’s good to opt for a two-speed or multi-speed compressor when you’re installing a zone control system as well.

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IAQ – To Zone or Not to Zone my Home Comfort: Some Pointers From Elizabeth

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

There are a lot of decisions to make related to your Elizabeth home’s comfort system. You must decide what type of heating you want, how you’ll implement air conditioning, and then how to keep all of that heated and cooled air clean and healthy in your home.

On top of everything else, you have the option to implement zone control in your house to provide multiple comfort levels for each member of your family. Zone control systems are growing rapidly in popularity because they allow home owners to enjoy an enhanced level of comfort throughout the day, while not negatively impacting any one person.

For example, if it’s chilly outside and you need to turn your heater on, that doesn’t mean everyone in the house wants the thermostat set to 72°F. There are a few reasons for this. You may be in the kitchen, working over the stove or doing dishes where there is plenty of heat to keep you warm. More warm air coming through vents or radiators isn’t going to make you comfortable.

The second floor of a home traditionally needs less heat because warm air on the first floor rises and fills that space. The same is true in the summer when cool air settles in lower floors. Having a zone control system allows you to set specific temperatures in each room which are then controlled by your home heating system. You can even turn off the heating and cooling in a specific room like your office or the attic if it will be empty for long periods of time.

Other Considerations

A zone control system is good for comfort, but also for the overall air quality of your home. Too much conditioned air moving through your ducts carries more allergens and contaminants into your home and causes your air quality system to work harder. Your ventilation system will be asked to work harder as well.

Ideally, a good home air quality system is designed to use as little conditioned air as possible to keep everyone comfortable. A zone control system does this very effectively. When talking to a professional about a new installation, check to find out about programmable thermostats as well. These can make it easier to set and forget the temperature in rooms that are only used for a few hours each day.

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