Benefits of a Zoned HVAC System

What is a zoned HVAC system?

While a traditional HVAC system has one thermostat responsible for achieving the desired temperature throughout the entire house, a zoned system involves multiple thermostats that control different parts of the home independently. For example, the first and second floors could be two different zones controlled by different thermostats.

Who can benefit from a zoned HVAC system?

The types of homes that can benefit from a zoned system are ones that have multiple floors, high ceilings, large floorplans, large windows or rooms that often are unused. If you happen to have family members who argue about what temperature to keep the thermostat set on, a zoned system might be a good option for you.

Zoned HVAC System Benefits

Prevents uneven heating and cooling

With a traditional HVAC system, you may experience uneven heating and cooling, where parts of your house cool or heat quicker than others. A zoned system divides up the home to prevent this problem.

Saves money

Although the initial cost of installing a zoned system may be more than a traditional system, you will save money in the long-run on utility bills. With a zoned system, you can shut off parts or rooms of the house that aren’t being used. By not having to heat and cool the entire home all the time, your system runs more efficiently and uses less energy. In fact, zoned systems have historically saved customers up to 30% annually on energy bills!

Extends equipment life

Since your HVAC system isn’t moving air or heat throughout the entire home at all times, it doesn’t have to work as hard. This can lengthen the lifetime of your unit.

Greater comfort

With just one thermostat, the temperature in different rooms is likely going vary and may even be uncomfortable. A zoned system allows you to achieve a greater level of comfort throughout your entire home by allowing you to choose exactly what you’d like the temperature to be in each zone.

Convenience

With a traditional system, you only have one thermostat. It’s most likely located on the lower level. So, in the middle of the night when you are hot or cold, you have to get up, walk downstairs and change the temperature. With a zoned system, you will most likely have a thermostat closer to your bedroom.

Are you ready to switch to a zoned HVAC system in the Akron or Canton, Ohio area? Call the experts at Crown Group Ohio for a free quote!

Sealing Your Home to Lower Energy Bills

What is air leakage?

Air leakage occurs when air trickles in or escapes out of your home through cracks or openings commonly found around windows, door frames and other openings.

Why should you consider sealing your home?

When air is leaking in and out of your home, your energy bills go up. Sealing these leaks is a cost-effective way to reduce your energy bills, and, it usually pays for itself very quickly in savings.

Have you ever noticed hot and cold spots in your home? This is also caused by air leakage. Sealing can help to greatly increase the comfort levels inside your home and can lead to more even heating and cooling.

Leakage can also contribute to moisture and air quality problems which can lead to serious health issues for you and your family.

How can you seal your home?

Ideally, you want to ensure your house is sealed correctly when the home is being built. Obviously, however, that’s not always possible. Here are some ways to tackle the job on your own:

Identify leaks and drafts

To fix leaks, you have to know where they are. Hunt for leaks and cracks by lighting a candle and holding it up to windows and other openings. If you see the flame move, you have a leak. Check under doors to see if you can see daylight coming in. If so, air is escaping. Use painter’s tape to mark these spots throughout your home so you can go back and fix them.

Start in the attic and basement

The most common air leakage problems can be found in the attic and basement as cool air can easily escape these areas and find its way into other parts of the home or outside. Start here and then seal the rest of the home.

Seal windows and doors

Caulk around windows and doorframes. Buy draft guards for underneath the doors where you can see daylight. If you have huge gaps or leaks that aren’t out in the open (for example in the attic or the basement or those found around plumbing), you can squirt them with foam for a more effective seal.

Insulate around recessed lights

Recessed lights have been known to cause huge energy drains. Because they have vents that often open up to the attic, they allow heated or cooled air to easily escape. Look for a label next to the bulb that says “ICAT” or “insulation contact and air tight.” If you don’t see it, your lights are probably leaking. Pick up some airtight baffles to cost-effectively seal the areas around the bulb.

Check the fireplace

Though cozy, fireplaces can suck a lot of air out of your home. Remember to close the damper when the fireplace is not in use in order to keep air in or, if you never use it, consider a chimney plug that blocks air flow altogether.

Consider a home energy audit

A home energy audit will pinpoint where your house is losing energy and help you determine how to fix the issues to save money. An auditor will analyze your energy bills and inspect your home, sometimes using a camera or other special equipment, to detect sources of energy loss.