The right heating, ventilation, and air conditioning—or HVAC—system can save you money and keep your home comfortable all year round. But as you plan to upgrade an aging or failing system, you may feel overwhelmed by how many different system types there are to choose from.

For many homes, a zoned system has the biggest potential for efficiency and precision climate control. In this blog, we list five home characteristics that may mean a zoned HVAC system is right for you.

1. Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

No matter how efficient the windows in your home are, large expanses of glass allow for a large amount of heat transfer. If you have large bay windows, windows flanking a glass door, or floor-to-ceiling windows, the room probably has a significantly different temperature than the rooms around it.

This temperature issue may also appear in rooms with French doors or sliding glass doors connected to the home's exterior.

A zoned system allows you to focus on cooling the area around your biggest windows in the summer and heating up the same space in the winter to keep your home's temperature more balanced.

2. Formal or Unused Rooms
If you have frequently unused rooms, like a formal dining room or guest room, it may not make sense to control the climate in this area as much as the rest of your home. With a zoned system, you have the option to keep the rest of your house at a comfortable living temperature without wasting energy in empty rooms.

3. High Ceilings
While vaulted ceilings make a home look bigger and grander, they also negatively impact the efficacy of your HVAC system. This principle also holds true if you have a loft space. Such areas often have less ceiling insulation than the rest of the house, and the lack of insulation can lead to uneven temperatures.

A zoned system allows you to set a slightly different temperature in your rooms with vaulted ceilings so that there's no perceptible change when you walk in or out of the space.

4. In-Law Suite, Studio Apartment, or Other Rental
It's common for families to squabble over the thermostat settings. This issue can be exacerbated when you have a separate living space occupied by guests, extended family, or tenants.

Even if your home's main area uses a unified system, you may want to zone out your in-law suit or rental unit so that the tenants can control their own temperature settings. If you have a home that is larger than average, you may also want to consider zoning the wings of your home for the same reason.

5. Multiple Stories
Upper floors almost always have a different temperature than lower floors. This characteristic is particularly common in homes with large basements, since the chilly basement can lower the temperature of the main floor.

By zoning your home's stories individually, you make each floor comfortable for everyone, whether they're watching a movie in the basement, cooking in the kitchen, or studying in an upstairs bedroom.

If your home has one or more of these characteristics, consider a zoned HVAC system rather than a conventional system to maximize the usefulness and energy efficiency of your home.
Think that a zoned system may be right for your home? Consult with the HVAC professionals at Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces.

We can help you narrow down your options, help you make your final decision, and install your new system quickly so there's no gap in your home's climate control. With our help, you may even be able to zone your current system to optimize on the building elements that you already have in place.