The different levels of your two-story home have different heating and cooling needs. But your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system might not be designed to accommodate those variations. Tiger Services can help you achieve the right level of control and comfort with an HVAC zoning system — also called an HVAC zone damper.
Summers get hot in San Antonio, especially in the upstairs rooms in your home. Since it’s hard to stop all the heat from rising to the top floor, your only option is to crank up the air conditioning.
However, your existing HVAC system simply can’t keep that area of your home cool. Homebuilders often install just one AC system in even the largest two-story houses. Unfortunately, since the cool air sinks and the heat keeps rising, you’re left with chilly lower levels while the upper rooms remain unbearable.
In the winter, you’ll be using the heat instead — but you’re still left with a different temperature upstairs and downstairs. In an effort to keep the lower levels nice and warm, the upper rooms can easily become warmer than you want.
If you think it’s unfair to be hot and uncomfortable upstairs during the summer and winter, well, you’re not wrong! But that’s what happens with poorly designed duct work and a basic heating and cooling system that isn’t suited to the climate you’re in.
A zoned HVAC system design is the ideal “hot upstairs” solution in San Antonio. A zoned air conditioning system lets you send more cool air upstairs where you need it in the summer and less heat during the winter when those rooms are already warm enough.
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Imagine if, any time you turned on a light switch, every electrical device in your home came on. Or, if you turned on the water to wash your hands and every faucet, tub and shower started running. That would be absurd! But it’s essentially what happens without HVAC system zoning. When you need to heat or cool one room, the entire house gets blasted with air — and you’re never really comfortable.
An HVAC zoning system turns hot and cold air flow into something you can control, like your plumbing or electricity. Your home is separated into different zones that can each be controlled separately.
But it’s not so complicated that you’d have a different thermostat in each room. Instead, most homeowners find that two zones — upstairs and downstairs — meet their needs perfectly. This way, when the kids are tucked into bed, you can keep the upstairs rooms comfortable without having to waste energy on the lower levels. No more heating or cooling your entire home when you don’t need to.
Depending on your home’s specific needs, you can expect to pay between $3,800 to $6,500 to have a new zoned HVAC system installed.
When you consider that you’ll be able to heat or cool half the square footage at any given time, it’s clear that the cost and energy savings add up.
But, to many San Antonio homeowners, achieving the right level of comfort at home is priceless. Just imagine, being able to keep the bedrooms cool so your family can sleep soundly on a hot summer night. Or, finally having the ability to warm up that beautiful extension you haven’t been able to enjoy to its fullest.
Contact Tiger Services today to find out how to make the switch from “too hot, too cold” to “just right.”