Most homes use one thermostat that serves the entire house. As simple and easy as this system is to set up and maintain, it results in uncomfortable areas of your home. Wherever the thermostat is, there too will be your comfort (unless you’re turning it up or down to compensate for some other part of your house that’s struggling).
If you’re tired of shivering in your bed while the living room remains the most comfortable room, here five ways to introduce zone control into your home.
1. Dampers in ductwork
In most furnace systems, one thermostat controls the furnace and the air is distributed throughout the ductwork without any variations in airflow to suit the needs of individual spaces. Adding dampers to branches and having each damper open and close according to the needs of each zone thermostat will allow for greater control in each area. Depending on your ductwork, you can have one damper serving each floor of your home.
2. Control valves with thermostats
For hot water heating systems, each radiator can have a control valve that opens and closes when the space thermostat calls for heat. You can also group radiators in a given space and connect them to a thermostat that serves that common area.
3. Supplemental heat in critical rooms
If dampers aren’t practical for your home’s system (due to duct design for example), adding supplemental heat to a space that typically doesn’t get enough might be the best solution. You may have a situation where one room or area is colder while the rest of your home remains comfortable. Adding another source of heat in this one space will allow you to only use what you need, so you don’t have to overheat the rest of your home to stay comfortable.
4. Multiple smaller units
A decentralized system allows for control in each zone with individual thermostats controlling each piece of equipment. For example, multiple heat pumps serving separate rooms or groups of rooms will run as needed to serve each zone. This is not a common system but you can discuss it with a professional to see if it works for you.
5. Boosted air circulation
If some areas of your home are susceptible to air stratification, where hot air stays at the top near the ceiling and cooler air sinks, giving you the chills, you may benefit from improved air circulation to take care of this zone. Rather than modify your entire home’s system to improve comfort in this problem area, a targeted solution will give proper control and comfort throughout your home.
If you need help making your house more comfortable with the right zone control, give us a call.