Touchstone Heating & Air Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Zone Control’

Closing Room Vents Isn’t Helpful: Here’s How It’s Hurtful!

Monday, September 6th, 2021

“How can I pay less to cool and heat my house?” You’ve probably asked yourself this before, and you can find many options to lower how much you need to depend on running your heating and air conditioning system over the year.

One method you might try is to close vent covers in unoccupied rooms. This seems to make sense: blocking the flow of conditioned air to empty rooms means less energy used. 

Except … this is completely false! Closing room vents (or blocking them) won’t save money on heating and cooling. It does the opposite: it costs money in energy efficiency, repairs, and failed equipment! We’ll take a look at why closing rooms vents is a destructive move for your HVAC system.

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Let’s Do Some Forward Thinking About Your Home Cooling

Monday, October 5th, 2020

air-conditioning-with-flowersFall is one of the best times of the year to start thinking about your Lake City, FL, HVAC system. And not just the heating system, which you don’t rely on nearly as much as your air conditioning system in the Florida climate. This is a good time to consider the future of your home’s central cooling system because it’s much easier to make changes during the upcoming cooler weather, and you’ll be under less stress regarding the heat.

So let’s work together and think ahead, not just to next summer but the summers after it, and see what we can do for the best central cooling for your household.

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Ways to Improve Your Air Conditioner Performance This Summer

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

air-conditioningIt can be kind of hard to differentiate seasons in a place like Florida. Summer is often identified as that season where the days are slightly hotter than at every other time of year. However, it’s still a good idea to make sure that your air conditioner is in top condition for the hottest months of the year. Summer is the time of year when air conditioners are put under the most stress. There are a couple of different options you can explore for upgrading your air conditioner this season, so it’s ready to serve you well throughout the summer season.

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How Zone Control can Benefit Your Heating System

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

We’re not too far away from heating season. We may get hit with cold weather a little bit later than other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to skip preparing for when it arrives. One of the ways that you can ensure that your heating system is in the best possible shape for the coming winter is to have zone control installed in your home. Read on to find out more about zone control, and how it can benefit you this year.

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How Zone Control Can Make Your Air Conditioner More Efficient

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Cooling season is here, and you’re probably already taking steps to make sure that your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable all summer long. Maintenance and duct sealing are nice, but they aren’t the only way to make your air conditioner more effective this summer. Read on to find out more about zone control and the benefits that it provides.

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Install a Zone Control System this Fall to Improve Your Heating

Monday, October 19th, 2015

We have a bit of time before the cold weather really hits here in Florida. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for it now. If you haven’t already scheduled heating maintenance for your system yet, you should. That’s not the only way to improve your home’s heating situation, though. Let’s take a look at zone control, and how it can help make your home more comfortable and energy efficient this winter.

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Why You Should Consider Installing a Zone Control System

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to start using your air conditioner on a daily basis. As great as central air conditioners are, though, they aren’t perfect. There are a couple of distinct disadvantages associated with using central air conditioners. First, they tend to rely on a single thermostat to control them. This means that the air conditioner is operating based on the temperature readings in only one part of the house, which means it can cool other areas of the house too little or too much. Second, it wastes energy cooling areas that are not in use. Fortunately, there is a way to address both of these disadvantages in the form of a zone control system.

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Why Integrate Zone Control into Your Air Conditioning

Monday, July 29th, 2013

In Gainesville, FL, air conditioning is no laughing matter. Hot, humid summers necessitate an escape into the cool comfort of your home, making a proper air conditioning system far more of a necessity than a luxury. But you may find that your air conditioning cools your house unevenly, or cools parts of the house that you rarely spend extended periods of time in. In that case, you may want to integrate a zone control system into your air conditioning system, which provides better control over the air flow in your house and could save you money on your electric bills.

A zone control system basically divides your home into separate zones, then establishes controls allowing you to alter the temperature in each zone. So if one family member can set the temperature to 68 degrees in the living room, while another can sleep in the bedroom with the temperature at 72. Zone control systems do this through a variety of methods, including dampers in your existing duct system that control the air flow to different parts of the house.

There are numerous reasons for doing so. The biggest is probably energy savings. By cooling only specific parts of the house, your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard, and thus spends less energy to perform its job. In addition, zone control allows you to maintain an even temperature throughout your house more readily. An upper story, for example, tends to be warmer than a lower story, since hot air rises. Zone control lets you maintain the same temperature much more easily, so that no single story is warmer or cooler than any other.

If you want to integrate zone control into your air conditioning system, it pays to consult an expert on the best way of going about it. In Gainesville, FL, Touchstone Heating & Air has the expertise to both advise you on your options and to install a zone control system in your house. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us show you what a difference our experience and professionalism can make.

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