Central air is one of the best inventions for making your daily life more comfortable. Being able to keep your home warm in winter and cool in the summer has made our daily lives just that much more comfortable. However, it leaves a lot to be desired in operating efficiency and the money you spend on running it.
First, there is a single thermostat to control the temperature for the entire house. This is rather inefficient at regulating temperatures. It can be hot in some rooms of the house and cool in others, but depending on where the thermostat is located, the system will run until the air around the thermostat reaches the set temperature.
Second, there are losses incurred within the ductwork of a central air system. Despite being insulated, there will always be some temperature loss or gain within the ductwork. This inefficiency will have an impact on your wallet.
So what other choices do you have?
Multizone HVAC Systems
A multizone setup will not only save you money but it will also be more comfortable. Everyone prefers a different temperature to be comfortable. With a multizone setup, individual control of the heating and cooling of a room is easy to accomplish. A multizone setup utilizes ductless heat pumps with an individual thermostat to control each one.
Having a home setup with this HVAC system saves you money in a few ways. The first way is by allowing individual control of rooms, or even whole floors, of your home you can only heat or cool the areas that you will be using. There’s no point in keeping the guest room at 75* on a 100* day if no one is going to be using it. The multizone setup will allow you to program times and zones of operation. So during the day when you’re at work you can cut the operation to essential areas and at certain times. At night when everyone is in their rooms sleeping, you can restrict the operation to those areas and cut out the heating or cooling of unoccupied areas.
The second way in which a multizone setup will save you money is through the sheer efficiency of ductless heating and cooling. The losses incurred with ducts are eliminated and the heat pumps themselves have become extremely efficient in recent years. It’s not uncommon to have efficiency ratings of 300% or more depending on the setup.
If all this money saving and higher levels of control over the air in your home sounds good, give us a call at Countryside Plumbing & Heating today to discuss your options!