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Save Energy With Zoned Products
Eugene Adams Inc. Newsletter Spring 2004
Heating and cooling - zoned

If your family can't agree on a comfrotable temperature, or if you like to close off rooms you are not using, a zoned heating and cooling system an help you save evergy.

How it works
In a typical zoning system, sensors in each room or groups of rooms, or zones, monitor the temperature. The sensors can detect where and when heatied or cooled air is needed.

These sensors send information to a central controller that activates the zoning system, adjusting motorized dampers in the ductwork and sending conditioned air only to the zone in which it is needed.

By delivering conditioned air only to areas that are in use, a zoning system eliminates the needless waste of keeping unused areas comfortable.

More comfortable
A zoned system quickly adapts to changing conditions in one area without affecting other areas. For example, many two-story houses are zoned by floor. Because heat rises, the second floor usually requires more cooling in the summer and less heating in the winter than the first floor.

A non-zoned system can't completely accomodate this seasonal variation. Zoning, however, can eliminate wide variations in temperature between floors by supplying heating or cooling only to the space that needs it.

Better efficiency
Aproperly zoned system can be up to 30% more efficient than a non-zoned system. A zoned system supplies warm or cool air only to those areas that require it. Energy isn't wasted on heating and cooling spaces that aren't being used.

In addition, a zoned system can sometimes allow you to install smaller capacity equipment without compromising comfort. Thise reduces energy consumption by reducing wasted capacity.

Better control
A zoned system allows more control over the indoor environment because you decide what areas to heat or cool and when. Consider, for example, cases when children have moved out and some rooms have only occasional use. Or rooms originally intended for one purpose are converted to other uses. Zoning lends itself well to these situations because it easily adapts to heating and cooling load changes caused by increased or decreased usage, room additions or a change in occupants or lifestyle.