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  • Writer's pictureBob Condon

The Benefits of Zoned Heating

What are the 4 C’s of a Zoned Heating System?

Have you considered a zoned heating system?  Without even thinking you could probably identify the rooms in your house that are always cold and the rooms that always seem to really comfortable.  Every house has those areas that heat up really quickly and other areas that never seem to be able to get to the right temperature.  In most houses the heating system is set up on a single system with one thermostat controlling the heat for the entire house.  You have the thermostat set to that perfect temperature where the house is mostly comfortable, but there is still that one area of the house that just will not warm up.  What do you do when you are in that area?  Get the extra blankets and several layers of clothing or do you jack up the thermostat to get the trouble areas warm while in the process overworking the systems and turning the rest of the house into a sauna.

Since there are areas of the house with different heating needs, it makes sense to have a heating system that takes all of those areas into account.   That is the benefit of a zoned heating system.  Let the zone that needs more attention get more heat without overworking the system while keeping the rest of the house at normal comfortable temperatures.

When it comes to zoned heating systems, there are the 4 C’s: Comfort, Convenience, Conservation, and Common Sense.

  1. Comfort

As mentioned above, every home or office has its hot spots and it cold spots.  It is impossible for a single zone system to keep every area comfortable at the same time.

  1. Convenience

When you have a zoned heating system you have multiple thermostats and those thermostats are placed in the areas that it is controlling.  If you wake up in the middle of the night and your zone needs adjustment, there is no groping your way to the lone thermostat down the hall or on another floor.  You can adjust the temperature in the room that needs the adjustment, leaving the rest of the house alone.

  1. Conservation

There are two types of conservation here.  First, you are conserving fuel, whether your system burns oil, gas, or whatever else, you are only heating the areas that need it, so you are not burning oil or gas to heat an area of the house that doesn’t need it.  It becomes a much greener system not to mention saving you money.  The other type of conversation is that the system itself is not working so hard.  It is only working when it is needed in certain areas.  When systems don’t work so hard, their lifespan extends years beyond what they would have otherwise lasted.  This, again, saves time, money, and aggravation.

  1. Common Sense

The last C is so often overlooked.  Being able to maintain temperatures in multiple areas of your home or office means that people, whether your family in your house or workers in the office, will all be comfortable and not have to think about being too cold or too hot.  In the office, workers who are comfortable tend to be more productive.  At home, a happy family is priceless.

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