What is a Zoned Heating System?

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.