The days are starting to warm up around here, and if you’re not already relying on your air conditioner to keep cool you soon will be. Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled preventive maintenance to make sure that your air conditioner is in the best possible shape before summer. However, that’s not the only way that you can improve the efficiency of your system. Let’s take a look at zone control, and how it can drastically improve your AC’s performance this summer.
A zone control system involves a number of large dampers, which are installed in the ducts throughout your home. These dampers can open and close to direct the flow of air through the ducts. Each damper has a corresponding thermostat, which is installed in the closest room and is connected to the air conditioning system. When a thermostat detects the need for air conditioning, it activates the AC and opens the appropriate dampers. This allows you to specify which parts of your home receive air conditioning, rather than the all-or-nothing approach that a standard central air conditioner provides.
There are two problems with the all-or-nothing approach that air conditioning systems normally use. First, it leads to a lot of wasted energy. If you just need the living room cooled, for example, there’s no point in wasting energy cooling off the rest of the house at the same time. Standard AC’s also have no way of changing their output for the needs of specific rooms, which may warm up or cool off faster than others thanks to differences in insulation. Zone control solves both of these problems, making your air conditioner more energy efficient and your home more comfortable.