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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on your way to an empty nest, you’ve got a lot on your mind. You have more free time in your future you’ll want to figure out things to do. You’re possibly a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One factor you might want to include on that list of things to consider: A freshly emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once your kids are all packed up and on their way, one of the first things you’ll observe is some of your utility costs will decrease. After all, there are fewer people consuming the resources in your home—from water and food to electricity.

But even though you’re using a reduced amount of energy, that doesn’t mean you couldn’t be more efficient with the energy you do use. With some open rooms, you’re racking up expenses to heat and cool spaces you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t solve that—in fact, you’ll likely use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC that way. Zoning is a possible solution.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system regulates the air in your HVAC to target specific regions—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to divert the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is difficult, zoning systems can be especially helpful. Rather than deal with just one part of the home that is too hot or cold, zoning permits a custom temperature to be set in the area.

Zoning systems are also helpful for empty nesters who want to save energy and money each month. With a zoning system, you can design different zones in your home and regulate them individually. When the kids are at their own place, you can set the temperature in their area to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small adjustment and it’s like they never left.

Most importantly, you can save energy and costs using a zoning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could see a savings of up to 35 percent when you use zoning with a programmable thermostat.

When Should I Consider Zoning?

Zoning systems are an ideal fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while keeping their space just as comfortable as before. They’re also a smart choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs radically between different floors or spaces in the home.
  • Large windows are a part of commonly used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it difficult to control temperatures.

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

Usually, zoning works best for houses that have a multi-stage variable capacity HVAC system. This ensures it can operate at peak efficiency—so you can save energy and money. However, there are options for single-stage equipment that also let you realize the benefits of zoning.

And for circumstances that need an even more flexible solution, there are mini split systems that can act as a separate HVAC for difficult to regulate spaces.

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is distinctive. The experts at Colvin's Heating and Cooling can help you determine whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a great time to reassess your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, our goal is to ensure you’re comfortable and your system is operating as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, call our experts at 816-379-3918 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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