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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on the road to an empty nest, you’ve got quite a bit 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 add to that list of things to think about: A freshly emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once the children are all packed up and on their way, one of the first things you’ll see is some of your energy 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 lower amounts of energy, that doesn’t mean you can’t be more efficient with the energy you do utilize. With some open rooms, you’re paying to heat and cool spaces you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t fix that—in fact, you’ll possibly use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC choosing that option. Zoning is a possible solution.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system controls the air in your HVAC to target specific areas—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to focus the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is a struggle, zoning systems can be particularly helpful. Rather than fight with just one part of the home that is too hot or cold, zoning offers a custom temperature to be set in the area.

Zoning systems are also nice for empty nesters who want to save energy and costs each month. With a zoning system, you can make 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 tweak and it’s like they never left.

Best of all, you can save energy and money 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 Think About Zoning?

Zoning systems are a perfect fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while keeping their space just as comfortable as before. They’re also a smart choice for homes where:

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

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

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

And for situations 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 team at Jent Mechanical LLC can help you choose 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 Jent Mechanical LLC, our goal is to make sure you’re comfortable and your system is operating as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, call our experts at 937-845-1111 or arrange an appointment with us online.

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