Couple fearing the idea of replacing their furnace

When you bought your home, your heating system seemed solid. But now that you’ve lived there for a few years, you’ve noticed some problems.

Heating and cooling bills that are higher than normal. Rooms that seem too warm or not warm enough. You’re considering switching to a new kind of system (gas instead of oil, a boiler rather than a furnace), but the idea seems daunting.

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Minisplit in a livingroom

Your living room gets warm, so warm in fact that you find yourself falling asleep in front of the TV.

Then you go to bed and find yourself loading up on blankets so you aren’t shivering through the night.

It’s an uncomfortable situation, but one that can be easily remedied with a zoned heating system.

What is a zoned heating system?

A traditional heating system uses one unit that heats or cools the entire building. With a zoned heating system, a network of smaller, energy-efficient units sends warm (or cool) air into different sections.

The most common zone system splits the first and second floors into distinct areas, although you can always have other zones added. It’s a great system for people who tend to spend most of their time downstairs during the day and head upstairs in the evenings.

A zoned heating system has three main components: an outdoor unit, an indoor unit and a control system. The system works by transferring heat to and from the outdoor unit to indoor units, which are connected by pipes containing refrigerant.

What are the benefits of a zoned heating system?

There are several benefits to switching to zoned heating, including:

  • Saving on energy costs – Combined with a programmable thermostat, a zoned heating system will allow you to realize significant energy savings. You’re not spending money heating sections of your home that don’t need to be heated
  • Everyone’s comfortable – Your family members might have all have different preferences for temperature settings. A zoned heating system can allow you to keep each bedroom at the setting they desire, while also eliminating uncomfortable hot and cold spots around the house.
  • It’s not just for heating – A system that provides you with zoned heating can also do zoned cooling, allowing you to be as comfortable in summer as you are in winter.

Is a zoned heating system right for my home?

High celing Livingroom

There are several different types of homes that do well with zoned systems:

  • Any home that has more than one story
  • Homes that have finished, livable basements
  • Older or historic homes where it would be impossible, or at least impracticable, to install traditional ductwork
  • Homes that have rooms that you don’t use because they either get too hot or too cold
  • Homes with high ceilings or big windows

Is my home ready for a zoned heating system?

Are you embarking on a major a home renovation project? It might be a good time to modernize your HVAC system too.

And if you’re updating your old, ducted HVAC system, why not try something new in its place? Instead of a ducted system, go with a newer, multi-room version, which can still utilize your existing ductwork while giving you a more efficient and comfortable heating solution.

If you don’t have ductwork, don’t worry. A zoned heating system will still work once you place indoor units around your house.

As Mitsubishi Electric – who makes the zoned heating system we use – puts it on their website:

“No walls need be torn down, and the units can be carefully placed to blend into the aesthetics of both the interior and the exterior of the home. They eliminate the logistical and cosmetic challenges that come with a traditional, forced-air system. They also allow you to experience room-by-room comfort.”

If you think multi-zone heating will work for your home, contact All Seasons Comfort Control. We can examine your home and find the best possible heating solution, so your family will be warm and comfortable without having to worry about a massive energy bill.

Family in warm home

Bigger doesn’t automatically equal “better.”

Just think about your computer. It’s a fraction of the size of its ancestors from 30 years ago, but infinitely more powerful.

The same rule applies to your home heating system. Install one that’s too big and you can end up wasting energy. On the flip side, a gas furnace that’s too small won’t keep you warm enough.

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Young couple going over warranty

We’ll often compare buying a new HVAC system to purchasing a car. They’re both big investments and should both come with some level of protection.

And just as you wouldn’t drive a new car off the lot without asking questions about its warranty, you shouldn’t have a new heating and cooling system installed without first knowing as much as you can about the warranty that comes with it.

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Clean filter HVAC

It’s hard to understate the importance of the filter inside your heating and cooling system.

Not only does it keep your HVAC system running efficiently, it also helps improve the air quality in your home. The filter cleans the air that passes through your system by trapping and holding different particles and contaminants that can hurt the quality of your air, not to mention your health. These include:

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The Essentials of HVAC Safety

Professional hvac technician measuring amperage on an air conditioner unit

We all want to think we’re handy around the house. And while it’s a good idea to know the basics of household maintenance, it’s important to follow safety guidelines as you work around your home.

This is true whether you’re planning on climbing a ladder to clean out your gutters, firing up a power saw, or heading into the basement to see why your furnace is making a weird noise. In this blog post, we’re going to look at some of the basics of HVAC safety.

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Older home

There’s a lot to be said for living in an older house: They’re sturdy, lovingly-designed and carry with them a charm you don’t always get from modern homes.

But when summer comes, living in an older home isn’t always fun, at least if the house in question doesn’t have ductwork.

That isn’t to say that you’ll have to resign yourself to cooling off with ceiling fans and window units. Read on to learn more about ductless air conditioning.

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Mini split air conditioner

There aren’t many holidays this time of year.

July 4 has come and gone, Labor Day is weeks away. And let’s not even think about Halloween or Christmas until cooler weather arrives.

For now, we’ll just have to content ourselves with celebrating Air Conditioning Appreciation Days, which run from July 3 to August 15.

And yes, it’s obviously not a major holiday the way Thanksgiving or Valentine’s Day are. But we think it’s worth observing. We often get so focused on the cost of central air conditioning that we forget the benefits of central air and how it’s changed our lives.

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