In some homes, issues with heating and cooling may make it difficult to use a standard furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. If this is the case, a zoning system is often the best and most practical answer. Here is a brief introduction to how they work to keep your home comfortable.
What Is a Zoning System?
Zone Systems concentrate heating or cooling in specific areas, or zones, of your home. Zones can be as small as a single room or as large as an entire floor of the structure.
They work in tandem with your existing HVAC system to ensure better and more precise control of comfort levels in the appropriate areas. They use a series of individual thermostats to control temperatures in the zones. Motorized dampers in the ductwork open or close in response to temperature needs, either increasing or decreasing the amount of heating and cooling reaching the zone. In this way, a zone system allows for precise temperature control within the one area without affecting temperatures in surrounding zones.
Why Use a Zoning System?
These systems are useful when you need better control over the heating and cooling in your home. For example, they help when:
- It is difficult to provide consistent levels of heating or cooling throughout your home because of large floor plans.
- Occupants need or want different levels of heating or cooling in their rooms. This allows individual temperature preferences to be met and eliminates conflicts.
- Certain rooms or floors of your home need more heating or cooling than others.
- Areas of your home need to have the amount of heating or cooling reduced because they aren’t being used.
Conditioned Air serves Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding southwest Florida communities with top-quality HVAC services. Contact us today for more information on the uses and benefits of a zoning system and for expert advice on whether a zone system is the best choice for your home.
A new HVAC system usually represents an investment of several hundred dollars or more. In most cases, new HVAC equipment will be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty that protects you against certain types of defects or problems. Warranties can be voided, however, if you don’t follow appropriate procedures. One of the most common ways of voiding an HVAC warranty occurs if you try to repair the system yourself. If your cooling system is still under warranty, it’s best to avoid DIY repairs and leave these matters to an HVAC professional.
Maintaining Valid Warranties
To ensure the warranty remains valid and that the manufacturer will honor the warranty, you must ensure that repairs and preventive maintenance are performed by HVAC professionals. It may be tempting to try to avoid a repair bill by trying to fix problems yourself, but unless you are a qualified HVAC expert, leave the repairs to the pros. In some cases, the HVAC pro you use may even need to be trained and certified by the company that made your HVAC equipment.
By relying on an HVAC professional, you can be sure that the work is performed properly, that the system will work correctly when the repairs are complete, and that the system will be safe to use. Manufacturers will be assured that proper procedures have been followed during the repair, that authorized parts have been installed, and that other problems haven’t been introduced into the system during the repair procedure.
Maintenance You Can Do
While significant HVAC repairs require the services of a licensed professional, there are some minor maintenance tasks you can perform that will leave your warranty intact. These include:
- Changing air filters.
- Cleaning the interior and exterior of the cabinet.
- Clearing grass and other vegetation from outside of the unit.
Conditioned Air provides expert HVAC maintenance and repair services for customers in Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Bradenton, and neighboring southwest Florida communities. Contact us today for more information on how to avoid voiding an HVAC warranty and for the professional repair services you need to fix your HVAC equipment while keeping your warranty intact.
Many new HVAC systems offer what is known as a variable-speed air handler, which is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your home. Unlike single-speed models, which run at full speed whenever they are in operation, a variable-speed air handler can speed up or slow down to adjust to changing conditions. This has several advantages, and can make your Southwest Florida home much more comfortable.
Improved Energy Efficiency
The motor in an air handler can use a large amount of electricity when it is running at full speed, typically between 300 and 500 watts. With a single-speed air handler, the motor will turn on and off as the demand changes, but it is always at full speed when it is on. A variable-speed air handler can run as fast or as slow as needed to deliver the required amount of air. This reduces the overall energy usage of the system because the air handler only needs to run at full speed when the temperature is significantly above or below average.
Single-speed air handlers can be extremely loud when starting and running. Variable-speed air handlers tend to be quieter, because they can slowly pick up speed when starting, and they typically run at a lower speed when temperatures are about average.
Better Air Filtration
With a single-speed air handler, the air is only being filtered when the fan is turned on. A variable-speed model constantly moves air at a slower speed, which improves air quality by constantly removing foreign particles. It also helps reduce humidity during the summer by preventing condensation between air conditioning cycles.
A variable-speed air handler increases comfort by delivering the precise volume of heated or cooled air required to maintain the desired temperature. A single-speed system will cycle on and off to maintain the temperature, resulting in uneven temperatures between cycles or extreme temperature swings.
To learn more about HVAC systems that feature a variable-speed air handler, talk to our heating and cooling experts at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including Ft. Myers, Sarasota, and Naples.