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Benefits of Zoned Heating and Air Conditioning

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Are some areas of your home too hot, while others are too cold? Finding the right temperature can be a juggling act. Things can get even more complicated when family members have different preferences regarding the right indoor temperature.

Worry no longer – A-1 Mechanical Heating & Cooling has the solution that will make everyone in your family happy! A zoned heating and cooling system works by separating the rooms in your home into individual zones to provide the perfect level of heating and cooling to everyone.

The NATE-certified technicians at A-1 Mechanical are Lansing, Grands Rapids and all of central Michigan’s leaders in HVAC repair, maintenance and installation. Contact A-1 Mechanical today to learn how a zoning system can improve home comfort.

How a Zoned HVAC System Works

Imagine a normal winter’s day. It’s bitterly cold outside, and you’ve set the thermostat to 68 degrees. However, a north-facing room with inefficient windows might be 64 degrees, while a south-facing bedroom on the second floor – where heat rises – may be a balmy 72 degrees. A zoning system can fix this problem.

A zoning system divides a house into two or more distinct temperature zones and are controlled by separate thermostats. This opens up the door for multiple options when it comes to heating and cooling. You can:

  • Keep rooms that are rarely used at a lower temperature in the winter and a higher temperature in the summer compared to the rest of the house
  • Keep your bedroom warmer in the winter and your guest room cooler when it’s not being used

The options are endless. To control the various flow of conditioned air into separate zones, motorized dampers are installed in the ducts. The dampers, which are able to open and close, receive signals from the independent thermostats in regards to what temperature the room needs to be heated or cooled. When a room reaches the desired temperature, the dampers are closed. When all of the rooms in a home are at the desired temperature, your home’s furnace or air conditioning system cycles off.

Benefits of a Zoned HVAC Systems

There are so many benefits to adding a zoned HVAC system to your Grand Rapids or Lansing home. Just a few of the them include:

Increased energy efficiency

Because you’re not constantly adjusting the thermostat to keep the house at just the right temperature, you’ll save money on your monthly energy bill. Rooms that are rarely used can be left cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer months. A zoned HVAC system can increase energy savings by as much as 30 percent.


If you enjoy all the conveniences that come with modern technology, then you’ll love your zoned HVAC system. Each thermostat comes with its own remote that can be adjusted from anywhere in the house. That’s good news if you’re watching a movie or game and don’t want to get up.

Extended service life

With a zoned system, you won’t end up using your HVAC system as often as a conventional system that runs more frequently because it’s warming or cooling the entire home at the same temperature. This limits wear and tear on the system and leads to an extended service life.

Increased comfort

Everyone in the family will be happy because they can control the temperature setting to one that fits their individual comfort level.

Contact A-1 Mechanical about Installing a Zoned HVAC System

We’ve been serving homeowners in central Michigan with superior HVAC maintenance, repair and installation services since 1983. It’s no wonder we’re the most trusted HVAC company in the Grands Rapids and Lansing areas.

If you’re interested in having a zoned system installed in a new or existing HVAC system, or just have more questions about these wonderful zoning systems, contact A-1 Mechanical today.

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