Central forced air systems have many advantages, which is why they’re the most popular heating system format in the country. However, they are not perfect. There are a number of disadvantages inherent in all centralized forced air systems. For one thing, they are incapable of modulating their output for different rooms of the house. This creates hot and cold spots in areas of the home that need more or less output than other areas. It also wastes energy on areas of the home that may not currently be in use. Reliance on just one thermostat is also a problem, as one thermostat can only measure the temperature in one area of the house. Fortunately, there is a way to solve these problems. Let’s take a look at how zone control can help your forced air systems.
What Is Zone Control?
Zone control is a series of dampers, which are installed in the duct network throughout the house. There is one damper for each room, and each room has a thermostat installed that controls its corresponding damper. When the thermostat in a room detects that it needs heating or cooling, it opens the damper and turns on the appropriate system. The other dampers in the system will stay closed unless their thermostats also require heating or cooling.
Advantages of Zone Control
Zone control systems offer a number of advantages. First, they make heating and air conditioning much more energy efficient. By being able to control which rooms receive air conditioning or heating, you can avoid wasting energy on rooms that don’t need it or are not in use. Second, zone control can ensure that each room can be set to its most comfortable climate without affecting the other rooms. This makes the home much more comfortable.
If you’d like to know more about zone control, call Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We install and service zone control systems throughout Alexandria, VA.