Green Home Improvement: How to Stay Cool in EVERY Room of Your Home – and Save Energy & Money
ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — When summer heat is at its stickiest, homeowners punch the “down” arrow on the thermostat, hoping to cool off the stuffy upstairs bedrooms. Then, with utility bills soaring, they shiver under blankets on the lower levels of the house.
Is it really possible to be comfortable in every room of your home – without breaking the bank?
You bet, say the experts at ZONEFIRSTÃ‚®, Inc., a leading manufacturer of HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) zoning products.
When it comes to solving the age-old indoor comfort problem of “hot and cold spots,” energy savings guides recommend closing off unused rooms, to encourage more airflow to the rooms that need it most. And this works – but only to a point. And it could damage your air conditioning system.
“It’s important to maintain enough airflow through the system,” says Richard Foster, president of ZONEFIRST. “Simply shutting off room outlets – without having enough places for the air to go – is a recipe for potential disaster with your A/C unit.”
Zoning helps you stay comfortable while avoiding expensive air conditioner repairs, says Foster – such as a frozen coil or a failed compressor.
What’s more, zoning your heating and cooling system gets you more than comfortable – it saves you money.
By definition, HVAC zoning systems let you direct heated or cooled air only to the rooms that need it – so instead of cooling the entire house, you cool only the rooms you’re currently using. Studies have shown that shutting off those unused rooms with a zone damper system can save up to 25% on a home’s utility bills, says Foster. “Putting the cooling (or heating) where it’s needed, when it’s needed, increases comfort and saves energy.”
For a ZONEFIRST contractor near you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.877.604.1044 (U.S. only). For more information on zoning, visit the company’s website: www.zonefirst.com.