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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 find ways to spend. You’re probably a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One factor you might want to add to that list of things to consider: A recently emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once the children are all packed up and out the door, one of the first things you’ll see is some of your bills will decrease. After all, there are fewer people using 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 can’t be more efficient with the energy you do consume. With some open rooms, you’re racking up expenses to heat and cool areas 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 going that route. Zoning might be just the ticket for you.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system controls the air in your HVAC to focus on 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 even more helpful. Rather than battle 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 expenses each month. With a zoning system, you can make different zones in your home and regulate them individually. When the kids are away, you can set the temperature in their space to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small change and it’s like they never left.

Most importantly, you can save energy and expenses 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 Ponder Zoning?

Zoning systems are a perfect fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while keeping up with their home comfort. They’re also a good choice for homes where:

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

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

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

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

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is different. The team at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can help you choose whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s a perfect time to reassess your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating , our goal is to confirm that you’re comfortable and your system is running as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, contact us at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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