What is the cost of having hot and cold spots in your home?

Hot and cold spots cost you money. Can you imagine if when you turned on one light, you turned on every light in the house?  That wouldn’t make sense, yet this is how most home heating and cooling systems are designed. That’s because in many homes a single thermostat governs the temperature of the entire house.

Hot and cold spots cost you comfort. Rooms that are too hot or too cold decrease your home comfort and can restrict the way you use your home because some rooms simply become too uncomfortable or unbearable to use.

What causes hot and cold spots? There are many reasons that your home has hot and cold spots. Some common explanations are:  your furnace or AC unit was not properly sized, you may have had a home addition and extended the heating system without considering the additional stress on your system, dirty air filters can be the culprit, or you could have dirty and leaky ductwork.  Whatever the reason, there is a better way to provide heating and cooling to your home.

Don’t try and find a solution on you own. Often times, homeowners try and fix their hot and cold spots without realizing that what they are doing is causing more stress to their system. An example is closing off the vents in room that are not commonly used.  This causes stress on your system and the ductwork that can lead to bigger problems such as air duct leaks and blower motor problems.

What is a zoned heating and cooling? A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into different areas or “zones”, each controlled separately by a thermostat. Zoning your home allows for several benefits including elimination of hot and cold spots and individual control of different rooms temperatures.

The multi-zone cooling and heating requires one compressor which is connected to two or more indoor units. The number of indoor units depends on the number of zones or rooms that you have targeted for cooling and heating. Typically, one compressor unit can be connected to up to eight air handlers or indoor units.

Can you use a ductless mini split to zone your home?  While your traditional forced air heating or air conditioning can be zoned, the more innovative ductless mini split system is specifically designed for zoning and is more conducive for multi zone or whole home climate control.  A ductless mini split is actually easier and more effective than traditional forced air zonal systems.

Ductless zoning offers a highly flexible solution. The set up with for a ductless zoned system, consists of one outdoor unit that can control up to 8 indoor head.

How does a zoned system work? The secret to a zoned heating and cooling system is in the design.  A certified and trained Ductless Contractor will help evaluate your home to determine how many zones are required. The simplest zone is creating one zone for the upper level and one for the lower level; however a homeowner can decide to customize their home so they have room to room comfort throughout their whole home.

In zoned heating and cooling with a ductless mini split system, the temperature in each zone is independently regulated and controlled via a designated thermostat or remote controller. This means that you can set different levels of temperature in different rooms or even decide to turn on or off the indoor unit in each room without any impact on the rest of the units. How many zones you designate and how many indoor units you will use throughout the home will really depend on the number of rooms or spaces that you need to heat or cool.

Benefits of a zoned system: 

  • Even temperature distribution. Most multi-level homes suffer from uneven heating and cooling. Because heat rises, the upper levels are always warmer than the lower levels. The solution is to have at least two zone systems  – one upstairs and one downstairs.
  • Different family members have different comfort levels. Temperature demands of different family members may cause fighting over the thermostat. A zone installed in their bedroom, allows them to control their room without affecting the whole house.
  • Cost Savings. Managing the temperature throughout your home leads to a decrease in energy usage which leads to cost savings.
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Ductless systems deliver air directly into the room without going through dirty duct work. Traditional forced air systems force air through duct work which is often filled with dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses and other debris which compromise indoor air quality.
  • Ease of installation. While traditional ducted system can take several weeks and disrupt daily activities a ductless system is easy to install and depending on how many indoor heads can be running in as little as one day.
  • Precise Temperature Control. Zoned cooling and heating enables you to effectively cool or heat a specific room or zone whenever you want.
  • Better for the environment. Ductless heating and air conditioning systems follow ENERGY STAR® guideline, which means they are far more energy efficient, which saves money and it also helps reduce your total carbon output. Ductless systems use a refrigerant called R410A, which is known for its zero ozone depletion potential.

What are the Control Options?  The remote controllers can either be handheld remote controller or wireless remote controller. Today, most of the highly advanced mini split models offer connectivity with smart mobile devices. This development now enables you to easily control your ductless mini split system directly from your smart phone, tablet, or any smart mobile device where a specific app is installed.

What are options for the indoor unit?  You have options!  Your ductless contractor will help you choose between the wall-mounted which is set up on the wall; the horizontal-ducted which is normally concealed in a ceiling or below the floor; the ceiling-cassette that you can place discreetly in the ceiling and the floor-mounted that is installed just a few inches from the floor.

When it is a good time to consider a multi-zoned system? If you are planning a home remodel or home addition, a single zone ductless system can be used to heat and cool the new space. If you traditional furnace or air conditioner system is aging and out of date this could be the perfect time to upgrade your system to a ductless multi-zone system.  if you have hot and cold spots and looking to balance out the heating and cooling in your home or you want to save money on your utility bill, consider a ductless zoned system.

If you have hot and cold spots in your home, consider ductless multi zone aka a mini split heat pump. Ductless heating and ductless air conditioning are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and completely customizable. They offer homeowners the ability to cool and heat specific zones of their home to the exact temperature they desire, providing consistent and exceptional year-round comfort.

Hiring the right ductless contractor is the first step. All contractors in the Ductless Directory are highly skilled and experienced.

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