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What is Zone Control? Do I Need it?

One thing that we talk about a lot is heating efficiency and why it matters. The more efficient your heater is the less energy it wastes. So, when your heater holds an efficiency rating, or AFUE, or 95%, it means that 95% of the energy being used becomes heat for your home. This is super important, as an inefficient heater can lead to costly repairs and sky-high utility bills.

There are a number of things that you can do to improve heating efficiency, one of which is investing in zone control. These systems give you ultimate control of your heating system, allowing you to choose exactly which rooms will be heated. There are numerous advantages to installing a zone control system aside, so we have outlined them for you below. 

What is zone control?

A zone control system is an HVAC upgrade that often accompanies new system installations, but is also available as a stand-alone service. The system is comprised of a set of components that integrate directly into the ductwork. Electronically controlled dampers fit into the ducts at strategic locations so that your entire heating (or cooling) system is divided into zones, which can be controlled separately.

By dividing your heating system into distinct sections, you can adjust them to suit heating preferences. So much energy is wasted by heating unoccupied spaces in the home. The system can be controlled by individual thermostats designated for each zone or by a master thermostat.

What are the advantages?

Increased efficiency

As we’ve mentioned above, installing a zone control system is a great way to boost energy efficiency. In fact, you can reduce energy costs by 30% when you take advantage of this system. This is because your heater won’t have to work so hard to circulate warm air throughout the entire home. You will no longer have to heat the entire home just to maintain comfort in just one area.


One unique benefit of a zone control system is that you can accommodate each individual’s specific needs. So, you can raise or lower the heat in one area of the home without disrupting someone else’s comfort. In addition, zone control eliminates random hot and cold spots throughout the home.

Reduced repair needs

Since your system will no longer have to work as hard, it is less likely to adhere to everyday wear and tear that too much stress can cause. This decreases the need for heater repair in Bloomfield, NM while extending its service life.

Is it right for my home?

Anyone can benefit from adding zone control to their HVAC system. Zone control is especially useful for homes with architectural features such as:

  • High ceilings
  • Basements
  • Sunrooms
  • Large windows
  • Lofts

Only a trained HVAC technician can help you select the right zone control system for your home. Proper installation is key to the system’s overall efficiency and effectiveness. Our team here at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can make sure that your zone control system is properly integrated into your existing ductwork.

To learn more about zone control, contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

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