Central forced air heating has a lot of advantages, but it also has a number of disadvantages. Chief among these disadvantages is the inability to modulate output between different parts of the house. While that may not seem to be that big of a deal, it can actually lead to a lot of discomfort and wasted money. Let’s take a look at why this is an issue, and how zone control can help you.
There are two primary issues that arise from the one-size-fits-all solution that central forced air heating provides. First, hot and cold spots are quite common with central heating. This is due to each room in the home having slight differences in insulation, which means that some will heat up or cool off faster than others. These hot and cold spots are made worse by most systems relying on a single thermostat, which can only measure temperature in its immediate vicinity.
Second, central forced air systems waste a lot of energy on areas that don’t require it. If there are only one or two rooms in the home being used, there isn’t any reason to heat the rest of the house. With a central heating system, though, you don’t have any options. Either you heat the entire house, or none of it.
A zone control system uses a series of dampers to split your home’s ducts into several zones. Each damper has its own thermostat. Each thermostat can use the dampers to modulate output to different areas of the house. This allows you to use your heating system to heat only the parts of the house that need it, saving money and eliminating hot and cold spots in the process.
Call SPS Mechanical Inc. for comprehensive zone control services. We serve all of West Deptford, NJ.