It’s pretty common here in the San Diego area for homes to be too warm for comfort in certain areas, even when the air conditioning is running. For example, rooms with southern exposures and lots of window space can be difficult to cool. Other parts of the home may become too cold, as your A/C tries to compensate and cool down the warm areas. A similar set of problems may occur in winter. Some residents even resort to closing off certain rooms at different times of the day or year.
Your family really shouldn’t have to go through all of this rigamarole just to make the home comfortable throughout. Situations like this can also cause conflict in the family, since what some people think is cool is just too cold for others. Mom turns the thermostat lower and when her back is turned, the kids may turn it up, or vice versa. In addition to all of this, energy is wasted, and homeowners end up paying big utility bills without ever being really comfortable.
Zoning systems can offer an easy, cost-effective solution to all of this inconvenience and expense. Your home can be divided into different zones, which allows you to set a different temperature for each zone at various times of the day. Using dampers installed in your duct system and additional thermostats strategically located in the zones, conditioned air can be routed to the zones that need to be warmed or cooled.
Zoning systems can increase your comfort if your house includes:
- More than one story
- Big open areas like high, vaulted ceilings or lofts
- Home additions or extra rooms above the garage or in back of your house
- A finished attic or basement
- A concrete slab floor
- A complex layout
- Expansive glass windows and doors
- Family members who prefer different temperatures
The local professionals at ASI Hastings Heating and Air Conditioning would be happy to answer any questions you may have about zoning and duct systems. We’ve been providing comprehensive HVAC services to San Diego residents for years. Please visit our website to learn more about our services, or give us a call.