Whether you already own a central air conditioner or are looking at your cooling and heating options, you may have come to ask yourself this question:
“How can I control each room’s temperature on its own?”
Whether your goal is to fix imbalances in the heating and cooling, or if it’s to save energy costs over-all, there are many benefits to being able to control the temperature of each room in the house.
Why Do I Want to Control Each Room Separately?
There are two entirely different reasons you may want to do this. Both of them will save you money on energy expenses.
In one case, the problem might be imbalances across the home. You turn the AC to 72 degrees, yet, an hour later, you find that several rooms in the home feel much hotter. Cranking up the cold air won’t fix the problem, because the rooms that were OK before are now freezing. This is simply inefficient and not the lifestyle you should settle for.
The other problem could be the temperature is too balanced. Not everyone is comfortable at the same temperature, so it’s not surprising to find that a satisfactory temperature in the living room still isn’t enough for someone in their bedroom. Or, you might see that unused rooms are still receiving cool air, and the thought of all that wasted energy is giving you anxiety about your monthly energy bill.
After getting the right air conditioner services in Riverside, CA, neither of these scenarios will prevent you from getting complete comfort and efficient from your AC.
Zone Control Systems for Existing Central AC and Heating
For a central AC or furnace, they will use a system of ducts to transport air through your home. These systems are meant to cool or heat the entire home, but adding a zone control system will give you the control you need. With this upgrade, each room will have its own thermostat installed, giving you complete freedom to change the temperature individually. We typically recommend having a zone control system put in during your initial air conditioner installation, but retrofitting is an option as well.
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t simply close the air registers in these rooms. This will actually force your AC or heater to use more energy, doing the opposite of what you want. A zone control system uses dampers in the vents to fix this problem.
Install a Ductless Mini-Split System
A ductless mini-split system consists of several indoor units, one for each room of the home that you want heated or cooled. The basic design of this system inherently gives you individual control over each room, so there’s nothing to worry about. Plus, these systems can function as both heaters and air conditioners.
The only downside is that these systems come with a higher cost upfront. This cost might discourage many homeowners, but the operational costs of these systems are much lower than other kinds, making them a worthwhile investment.
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