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Most homeowners are aware that a major portion of their utility bill each month is attributable to the cost of energy to heat and cool the home. Smart homeowners are finding creative ways to control the costs of heating and cooling their homes. One way that is becoming increasingly popular is the zone control method. Zone control has come a long way in the past decade. Early versions of zoned AC controls provided little more than the ability to turn the air conditioner on or off in certain rooms or zones. However, zone controls have evolved and are now a viable, energy saving option for many homes. 

What is Zone Control?

Zone controls are a group of controls that divide the home into separate comfort zones. The climate of each zone can be independently controlled so that you have one zone at one temperature and another zone at a different temperature. You can also turn off the HVAC system in each of the zones. Zone controls are particularly useful for two-story homes with upstairs bedrooms. Generally, the upstairs bedrooms are not in use during the day. You can turn off the heating and air conditioning to the upstairs zone with this sophisticated system. You can slash your utility costs by as much as 20 percent by turning off the air and heat to particular zones when they are not in use. 

Each zone is controlled by a programmable device. In the case of the house with upstairs bedrooms, you can program the HVAC unit for “off” during the day, and then program the system to kick on just before the family occupies the upstairs bedrooms to change clothes and do their homework. If you program the upstairs zone to remain off for five days out of seven, you can save as much as 25 percent or more on your energy costs. 

Many existing systems can be fitted for zone controls. For new heating and air conditioning equipment, zone controls are often an optional feature that can be added to the system. Call Dent Air Conditioning for more information about zone controlled heating and cooling for your home. 

Programmable Thermostats

If you are not yet ready to install zone controls for your HVAC system, consider a programmable thermostat to save money on energy bills. Most systems can accommodate a programmable digital thermostat. Programmable thermostats are more accurate than analog models. Just like with zone controls, you can turn off the HVAC system or alter the temperature when the house is unoccupied. Programmable thermostats are easy to install and they are a relatively inexpensive item.

Regardless of your budget or type of heating and air conditioning equipment, you can use your HVAC system more efficiently with programmable efficiency controls in Ridgeland, MS. Call Dent Air Conditioning for more information about how you can save money and energy by controlling the costs of heating and cooling your Ridgeland, MS home.

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