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What Is Zone Heating?

Zone heating is a relatively simple concept of heating up only those areas that are being used without wasting the energy on unoccupied spaces. There is usually no need to heat up bedrooms or the basement that no one uses during the day. In most cases, heating up all the rooms at the same temperature is unnecessary and zone heating allows you to set up the temperature in each room as you please. This type of heating also lets you determine which areas you want heated and which areas will remain unheated, thus reducing your electricity bill and saving energy.

In addition to zone heating being useful if you have an empty guest room or an office, it can be used in spaces where heating is not evenly distributed. For instance, there is usually a bedroom in the house that is colder than the rest, or a basement that is difficult to warm up. By installing zone heating, you can set the thermostat in the cold bedroom to a higher temperature without overheating the living room or the kitchen. This way, every family member can have the desired temperature in the room where they spend most of their time without having to compromise with a person who is too sensitive to the cold or hot temperatures.

Zone heating includes multiple thermostats for every room that needs heating or cooling. The thermostats are connected to a control panel that operates the dampers in the duct works on your home. Once you set the temperature to desired values, the thermostats open and close the dampers to give you the heating you prefer. Further, it is estimated that zone heating reduces your average electricity bill by up to 30% by allowing you to regulate the heating or cooling of areas that are rarely used. It should be noted that making the transition to zone heating does come at a price because of the initial cost, but in the long-run it is worth the investment as it reduces the cost of heating and cooling.

The number of zones a house has depends on its size, or the total floor area. If a house has up to 150 sq metres of floor area, it requires at least two heating zones. In this situation, there would be a thermostat installed in the main zone and thermostatic radiator valves installed in each subsequent zone. If a house has a total floor area of over 150 sq metres it has to have at least two heating zones with separate time and temperature controls. In this case, a programmable thermostat should be installed controlling both time and temperature. If you are unsure how you could benefit from zone heating, please contact Comfort Control Inc.

Regardless of how big or small your living space is, zone heating can regulate the temperature throughout your house without overheating the areas you use often or under heating the areas that are seldom being used. When you include the added bonus of reduced energy bills, zone heating is definitely a way to go.