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How Zone Control Can Improve Your Air Conditioning Efficiency

Summer is here, and people are starting to rely on their air conditioning systems to keep themselves cool through the hot days. Though central air conditioning is effective at keeping a home cool, it’s not a perfect system. There are a couple of different issues that contribute to substantial decreases in efficiency. These issues can be corrected, however, by installing a zone control system. Read on to find out more about the problems afflicting central air conditioning systems, and how zone control can help improve their efficiency.

The Problems with Central Air

As previously mentioned, there are two problems with central air conditioning. The first is that most central air conditioning systems are controlled by a single thermostat. The thermostat can only measure the temperature of the area in which it is installed. This means that the air conditioner ends up creating hot and cold spots throughout the house, where some rooms heat up or cool off faster than others.

The second problem is that the air conditioner cannot modulate its output for the needs of each room, even if it had multiple thermostats. It can only provide maximum output, or none of it. This leads to a lot of wasted energy on rooms that are not currently in use and don’t need air conditioning at all.

Zone Control

A zone control system is a series of dampers, installed in the ductwork of the home. Each damper has a corresponding thermostat, which is installed in the room it serves. When a thermostat calls for air conditioning, it opens the damper, allowing that room to receive air conditioning without affecting the rest of the house. This eliminates both major disadvantages of central air conditioning. Multiple thermostats, and the ability to direct the output of the system, ensures that your home will have much better climate control than it would with just a central air conditioner.

If you’d like to know more about zone control, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration. We install zone control systems throughout Santa Fe, NM.

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