Zoning is Gaining Popularity in Homes
Zoning systems give homeowners enhanced control over heating and cooling in the home which improves comfort across all living areas as well as energy efficiency. This technology is evolving, getting quicker and easier to install, and is being released with more design options to deliver greater value to its users.
Almost every household can benefit from a zoned HVAC system. That is because most homes have a room that’s always too hot or too cold, and family members with different temperature preferences. Zoning systems allow you to accommodate those different comfort needs, while also helping them save energy.
Zoning should be highly considered if the home has large windows, a top floor that’s always warmer than lower floors, rooms that are seldom used or that feel stuffy, or special areas like a home office or gym that need additional cooling.
There are many selling points to zoning, below are some key points you can touch on:
- While zoning systems are costly to install, the improved energy efficiency of the duct system can make up for the initial price tag.
- Manufacturers are pushing for consumer education regarding zoning systems, as often contractors fail to offer this solution. Currently, only 21 percent of homeowners are offered zoning solutions by their contractor.
- Seven out of ten HVAC buyers are willing to purchase additional system controls to improve comfort and energy efficiency – zoning systems meet those goals.
- Rooms that are too hot or too cold are a common problem in homes across the country. Many homeowners simply are unaware that zoning systems are available to correct the issue across the entire home, and the options are not limited to single-room solutions for improving comfort.
- Zoning technology is improving, with manufacturers designing closed-loop logic with the systems. This technology facilitates communication with the heating and cooling system they control, with faster and easier installation. Homeowners gain greater technology without complicated installations and heavy wiring.
- Manufacturers are working to simplify zoning systems. This simplification reduces the overwhelming feeling some users experience, allowing them to take full advantage of the system’s features they need. By minimizing the amount of interaction between the system and the user, zoning systems are easier to use.
- Using a zoning system to deliver better temperature control, homeowners benefit from better results and improved energy efficiency from their heating and cooling equipment.
- While zoning currently occupies less than 15 percent of HVAC market penetration in the U.S., zoning experts expect to see the market share grow to closer to 50 percent in the next five years.