As the weather warms up, you are likely taking notice of how comfortable your home is. If your existing air conditioning system is not as efficient as it used to be, it may be time to consider replacement. However, there are quite a few things to consider when it comes to the purchase and installation of a new AC system, including whether or not you should upgrade your thermostats.
Another consideration is if you should install a system for zone control. This will divide the home into various cooling "zones" that are able to be set at different temperatures. With these systems, you can choose as little as two zones – for example, one upstairs and one downstairs – or as many zones as there are vents in your home.
However, you may wonder, is this an investment worth making? Learn more about the benefits this offers here.
Installation with Your New AC System
It is important to note, if you are having a new AC system installed anyway, it is much easier to have zone controls installed at this time, as well. While the system can be retrofit for zoning down the road, it is more difficult and will cost more. Also, it likely won't work as efficiently as it would if you have it done during the initial installation process.
Your Home May be Perfect for Zoning
There are certain homes where zoning is virtually a "no-brainer." It offers a number of benefits and can help conserve energy so that over time, it will pay for itself – over and over again. If you have a large home, you should seriously consider zone controls. This will help you save a significant amount of money on energy costs since you won't have to cool every area of your home each time the AC switches on. Also, if your home includes guest rooms or other rooms that are empty currently, then zone control is a smart investment.
It may be a good idea to discuss the logistics of zoning your home with an AC professional. They will be able to evaluate the space and let you know if it is worth the investment. In most cases, this type of technology will be beneficial since it is designed to help save you money. Also, if you are having a new system installed already, this will not add an excessive cost to the price and provide you with significant savings down the road.