If you're like most homeowners, you think of central air conditioning as one system. You turn down the thermostat, and the whole home gets cooler. You have one AC unit, and it services the entire home. It's true that this is how most central air conditioning systems work, but there is another type of whole-home air conditioning system: zoned AC. Zoned air conditioning systems let you control the temperature of various home "zones" independently. And there are many reasons why you may want this to be the type of AC system you install in your home.
1. Zoned AC lets everyone be comfortable
If you have a family, chances are everyone has a somewhat different temperature preference. Your son may like it 72 when he sleeps at night, whereas you may prefer a temperature of 78 when you're watching TV in the living room. With zoned AC, you do not have to compromise. You can keep the living room warmer, and a family member can keep their bedroom cooler -- or vice versa. This settles a lot of those arguments about the thermostat!
2. Zoned AC saves you money on energy
Sometimes, you do not need the entire house cooled. When it's just warming up in the summer, you may only want to cool your bedroom or the main living space a few degrees. Or perhaps you have some spare bedrooms you don't use and don't need to cool. With zoned AC, you only need to cool the spaces you use. This reduces your energy bills, which is good for your finances and for the earth.
3. Zoned AC gets rid of dead zones
Does your home have a strange or winding layout? Cold air does not always travel well through homes with multiple wings, so relying on a standard, central AC unit is not your best bet. With zoned air conditioning, however, you can blow cooled air straight into the areas that tend to be isolated from the airflow. They'll get just as cool as the rest of your home, and you won't have to overwork the air conditioner.
If you need a new cooling system for your home, talk to your HVAC contractor about zoned cooling. The equipment is comparable in cost to central air conditioning systems, but there are so many advantages. Your air conditioning installation contractor can give you an estimate and talk about how the equipment can be integrated into your house.