Central air conditioning is a one-size-fits-all indoor comfort solution. The temperature in every room should ideally match the thermostat setting. Fortunately, there’s a more cost-effective and comfortable solution. It’s called zoned air conditioning, and it can be installed in any Port Richey HVAC system that’s equipped with ductwork. Here are five benefits you can enjoy with zoned cooling:
1. Custom Temperatures in Every Room
Instead of maintaining the entire house at the same temperature, zoning lets you set different temperatures in different rooms at different times. Specialized dampers are installed in a central air conditioner’s ductwork that controls the flow of cooled air into each room. Closing the vents in a room to restrict incoming cool air creates pressure in your ductwork that can result in leaks. Because these leaks can lead to unnecessary and long-term energy waste, closing the vents to control temperatures is not recommended.
2. Energy Savings Every Month
Zoning limits the flow of cooled air to rooms that need it. Very little cooled air is delivered to unoccupied and unused rooms, so you can shave quite a bit off your monthly electric bills. The Department of Energy says you can save 30 percent on energy costs with a zoned air conditioning system. Because you’re only cooling the rooms you’re using, your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard. That extends the lifespan of your equipment.
3. Works With Programmable Thermostats
Most zoned systems can be installed using programmable thermostats. You can instruct the system to reduce AC output while your family is at work or school. You can also tell the system to resume the usual temperatures just before everyone returns home. According to Energy.gov/Energy Saver, turning the AC back by 7°-10°F for 8 hours per day can save 10 percent per year on cooling costs.
4. Connects to Home Automation Systems
According to some studies, HVAC systems can’t reach their full potential without making good use of a programmable thermostat or connecting to a Wi-Fi thermostat. Other studies indicate that even top-shelf programmable thermostats are only saving homeowners 6.2 percent on energy bills instead of the expected 10 percent. Strangely enough, fifty-three percent of homeowners never program their devices.
5. Links to Smart Thermostats
Fortunately, home automation may be able to help homeowners to finally realize significant savings on HVAC energy costs. Smart devices like the Nest can program the thermostat for you and configure it to deliver precisely the conditions you prefer at the most energy-efficient settings. Also known as “learning thermostats,” these devices observe your habits and monitor your behavior.
Over time, smart thermostats learn to create indoor conditions that precisely match your preferences. When someone enters a room, they can turn the AC on. When the room is empty, they can turn the AC off.
Using GPS, a smart thermostat can identify when you are on your way home and cool down the house before you arrive. This thermostat knows what time you leave in the morning, and if you forget to adjust the AC, the smart thermostat will do it for you. You can access a smart thermostat from anywhere in the world with a smartphone or tablet.
You can remotely override the system’s programming to suit your needs. Smart thermostats will compile energy reports, offer suggestions to increase energy efficiency, tell you when to schedule maintenance and when to change the filter. Experts say that smart thermostats can save you up to $135 per year, and all you have to do is use them.
At Crystal Air Conditioning & Heating, we want to make your home as energy-efficient as possible. To learn more about saving money with zoned air conditioning and home automation, visit us online or call (727) 231-6911 to speak with us directly.