Published: July 6, 2017

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Chances are that you’ve heard the term “zoning” in reference to your HVAC system before. There are many myths about zoning and there are also a couple of ways to go about zoning. Zoning can provide many benefits, so let’s look at some zoning basics.

Today, smart products for your home and automation are widely popular. However, one smart product you may want to stay away from are “smart vents”. Smart vents integrate with certain smart thermostats and use sensors to reduce air flow to certain areas of your home if those areas aren’t being used. While this sounds like a great idea, its similar to the old fashioned idea of closing vents as a way to zone your home. Let’s learn more about why this is a bad idea.

Closing your vents as a method of zoning sounds like an easy, logical solution, but in fact this solution is not advisable. The main problem with closing off vents is that your home’s heating and air system is designed to utilize all vents and heat and cool all rooms in your home. Your HVAC system is specifically matched with the square footage in your home to run efficiently and cost effectively. If you cut out a certain room or square footage, your unit won’t be running as efficiently as it should be. When air is blocked from coming out a vent, it backs up into the duct system. This causes increased air pressure in your duct system, which in turn can cause air leaks. Also, conditioned air that is held in the ducts can cause your furnace to overheat or your air conditioner to freeze up. Increased pressure caused by closed vents can also cause your system to be excessively noisy when it runs and can cause other rooms to have temperature fluctuation issues.

Instead of closing the vents in your home, installing a whole home zoning system can solve your problems and can help you save money on your utility bills each month. A whole home zoning system works with your HVAC system instead of against it. A whole home zoning system uses a network of dampers, thermostats, and a zoning panel. This method allows you to better control the temperatures in various areas throughout your home. The dampers help to guide conditioned air into the correct areas, eliminating the air buildup you may see with simply closing off vents.

By calling a professional HVAC company and designing a zoning system that is customized to your home and your family’s needs, you can have all your specific needs and concerns addressed and save yourself money each month. By having a customized, whole home zoning system, you can save yourself up to 30% on your energy costs each year!

Contact Custom Klimates for to request a service call or to learn more about our indoor climate solutions or Cor’ Home Automation. We offer the recommendations, services, and products you need to better protect your comfort, budget, and the air quality in your home. With over forty years of proven experience across Canton, Woodstock, Cartersville & Alpharetta, GA, the HVAC technicians at Custom Klimates are your trusted source for quality heating and Air Conditioning solutions.