By Diane, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor
If your home is like most others, it is equipped with one thermostat -- while everyone who lives there probably comes equipped with their own "internal thermostat." The solution? A zoning system, which delivers custom cooling throughout your home, while saving you money on your cooling bills.
When internal thermostats differ, and you set the indoor thermostat too high, someone may complain that it’s too hot; set it too low, and someone else may compare your home to a freezer.
Further, your home's internal requirements likely differ, as certain room design features, such as a room with a cathedral ceiling, will require more cooling than a room with standard-height ceilings.
Installing a zoning system requires that a home be divided into zones, or sections, and equipped with a thermostat that serves only the intended zone. A two-story home could be split into at least two zones – upstairs and downstairs. A meandering two-story home with a large addition might be split into three zones – upstairs, downstairs and the addition.
Zoning systems make good economic sense because they underscore a simple law of physics: Warm air rises while cool air falls. This means that a teen working on a science project in the basement with a zoned thermostat set at 80 degrees can be just as comfortable as the home decorator sewing curtains in an upstairs bedroom with a thermostat set at 68 degrees.
The disparity in thermostat settings is where a zoning system can quickly end up paying for itself, since you can save 2 percent on your energy bill for every degree you turn up your thermostat in the summer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
And with a zoned system, cool air isn’t wasted where it isn’t wanted or needed – in this case, the basement. And think about those stretches of time when a zone isn’t occupied; why spend money cooling naturally warmer upstairs bedrooms for hours in the evening when everyone is on the first level enjoying a leisurely dinner and a movie?
The experts at Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling are proponents of zoning systems because we know that, like programmable thermostats, they have shrunk the energy bills of countless homeowners in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Call us today for a custom solution that will appease all the internal thermostats in your home.