5 Benefits of Installing a Multi-Zone Thermostat
Have you ever noticed that one room in your home feels cooler than the others? Or maybe you often set the thermostat to a certain temperature only to find out someone else changes it when you aren’t looking. Perhaps you and your significant other have different heating and cooling preferences and can’t seem to find common ground.
If so, Entek may have a solution for you. We have many heating and cooling options to optimize your indoor comfort level. If you notice the temperature varies throughout your home, or someone in your family is always messing with the thermostat, installing a multi-zone thermostat could help. Here’s how.
1. Caters to Personal Preferences
Home temperatures aren’t one-size-fits-all. Some like it hot while others prefer to keep their cool. Whatever your personal preferences, a multi-zone thermostat allows you to cater to almost everyone in your household.
So, how exactly does a multi-zone thermostat work? When you install a multi-zone thermostat, your house is divided into zones through dampers in the ductwork. When you want to heat or cool a certain part of your home, the damper for that zone opens up and directs the cool or warm air to that particular area.
For example, you can enjoy one temperature in the living room while your spouse enjoys an entirely different temperature in the bedroom. A multi-zone thermostat works with personal preferences by allowing you to tailor your home’s temperature settings to each household member’s liking.
2. Enhances Comfort Levels
But if you live alone, why would you need a multi-zone thermostat? Well, for starters, not all rooms in your home will have a uniform temperature, even if you have a single thermostat. Some rooms will still be warmer or cooler than others.
The direction the room faces and how many windows it has, for instance, will impact how warm or cool the room feels. This is why you may notice a change in room temperature when you walk from one part of your home to another.
A multi-zone thermostat allows you to counteract those differences in room temperature. You can adjust the thermostat according to each zone to compensate for some of the factors that may make one room cooler or warmer than another. This increases your comfort level wherever you are in the house and ensures you won’t have to get up and adjust the thermostat every time you move from room to room.
3. Saves Energy and Money
Installing a multi-zone thermostat cuts down on your home’s energy usage. It enables you to heat or cool only one area, or zone, as opposed to your entire home. This saves energy, which is not only good for the environment but also good for your wallet. Many times, going green can also save you some green.
How so? Well, the Department of Energy estimates that heating your home accounts for about 30 percent of your utility bill, so finding ways to cut back on your energy usage can translate to quite a lot of money saved. Blowing air around unnecessarily means you’re also blowing your money. But when you use a targeted approach to heating and cooling your home by installing a multi-zone thermostat, you’ll start to see significant cost savings.
4. Extends Life Span
Saving energy isn’t the only way installing a multi-zone thermostat can save you money, though. It also saves you money by increasing the life span of your equipment. Think about it. If you leave your HVAC system running 24/7, it’s going to result in added wear and tear. This could lead to costly repairs and even cause your HVAC system to permanently break down before its time.
On the other hand, when you install a multi-zone thermostat, you can operate your HVAC system on an as-needed basis. If other family members are away from home and you’re staying in for the night, you can use your multi-zone thermostat to heat or cool only the rooms you’re planning to occupy.
By reducing your energy usage, you’re also reducing the strain that you put on your HVAC system. This extends the life of your unit, meaning you’ll get more bang for your buck in the long run.
5. Easy to Operate
Another benefit of multi-zone thermostats is their ease of use. Many multi-zone thermostats also double as smart thermostats, meaning they can be synced with a smart device, such as a smartphone, by using an app. This allows you to control your thermostat settings even when you’re away from home.
If you have an unpredictable work schedule, for instance, you can use the app to turn the thermostat on when you’re on your way home. By the time you arrive, your home will be at your preferred temperature setting. You won’t have to run your unit when no one’s home, and there’s no waiting for the HVAC to kick on and cool or heat the house down. You’ll be able to feel the air the second you walk through the front door.
If different people arrive home at different times, you can program a multi-zone thermostat according to everyone’s schedule. This will allow you to minimize energy usage while maximizing comfort levels.
At home and want to adjust the temperature? No need to get up to check the thermostat. You can simply control it from the comfort of your living room couch with the convenience of your app.
Think that a multi-zone thermostat may be the right upgrade for you? Want to learn more about how to reduce your home energy usage and save money in the process? Entek HVAC specialists can conduct a home performance energy test and provide personalized recommendations.
No two homes are alike, and neither are the heating and cooling needs. If you want to find the right solution for you, give us a call. We want you to rest easy and comfortably in your home all year.