Thermostats and Zoning

Programmable and Wi-Fi Enabled Thermostats

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Why Zoning?

So many times we as contractors are asked if there is a better way to control the temperature in a home. One floor is always warmer or colder. The second floor is so hot in the summer. The lower level is too cold. The answer to these questions is yes.

Electronic Zoning by EWC allows you as the homeowner and us as the contractor to put an end to temperature fluctuation throughout your entire home. By utilizing electronic dampers and thermostats on each level of your home, precise temperature control is as easy as adjusting a thermostat. Zoning is the next best thing to having two systems to heat and cool your home. It’s also less expensive than installing two systems.

Zoning is best used when there are multi-levels to a home, where one system is large enough to satisfy the heating and cooling requirements but balancing the air-flo to each floor is difficult. A thermostat on the main floor has no idea what the temperature on the second floor is and thus the system only runs when the temperature on the main floor is calling for heating or cooling.

Even homes with multiple systems can benefit from zoning. A home that is large enough may require multiple zones per system to maintain the precise comfort that many people prefer.

Zoning makes sense economically in many ways. In addition to being cheaper than additional systems, why heat or cool areas that are not being used? We often see homes that have a finished basement that is used only for entertainment or home theater rooms. If you aren’t using the area, there is no need to spend energy dollars to heat and cool the area. A two-story home with all the bedrooms upstairs allows you to heat or cool the upstairs at night when everyone is upstairs and not condition the unoccupied first floor.

Zoning will use less energy and provide greater comfort to you and your family. Zoning makes sense in so many ways. It is one of the many Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) products available. Please contact Midwest Heating Cooling and Plumbing for more details on how zoning can benefit you and your family. After all, comfort is what we provide.

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