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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on the road to an empty nest, you’ve got a lot on your mind. You have more free time in your future you’ll want to figure out things to do. You’re possibly a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One factor you might want to put on that list of things to think about: 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 see 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 utilize. With some open spaces, you’re racking up expenses to heat and cool areas you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t solve that—in fact, you’ll possibly 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 manages the air in your HVAC to narrow in on specific areas—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to focus the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is difficult, zoning systems can be especially helpful. Rather than battle 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 helpful 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 away, 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.

Most importantly, you can save energy and expenses using a zoning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could see a savings of up to 35 percent when you use zoning with a programmable thermostat.

When Should I Consider Zoning?

Zoning systems are an ideal fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while maintaining comfort levels. They’re also a great choice for homes where:

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

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

Usually, zoning works best for houses that have a multi-stage variable capacity HVAC system. This ensures it can operate at peak efficiency—so you can save energy and costs. However, there are systems for single-stage equipment that also let you realize 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 rooms.

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is different. The experts at KDM Service Corporation can help you determine whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a great time to reassess your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At KDM Service Corporation, our goal is to make sure 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 205-208-8090 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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