July 25, 2011

Don’t Let the Electric Company Control Your Summer A/C Comfort

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the sweltering heat of summer, Americans love knowing they can hit the "down" arrow on their thermostats and enjoy cool air coming out of their air conditioning vents. But what if you hit that button and nothing happened?

Intense heat in much of the country has many homeowners turning over the reins to their electric utility, many of which promise lower rates if you let them turn off your A/C on extreme temperature days. But some homeowners dislike the idea of giving up control of their home's air conditioning.

What if you could control your own cooling system - and still save money and energy?

You can with zoning, say the experts at ZONEFIRST®, Inc., a leading manufacturer of HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) zoning products.

"Installing a zoning system lets you automatically direct cooled air only to the rooms that need it," says Richard Foster, ZONEFIRST president. "So instead of cooling the entire house, you cool only the rooms you're currently using." You have a light switch for every room, says Foster - why not a thermostat?

Your HVAC contractor installs motorized dampers in the ducts to each room or zone of the house. Like turning on the light switch in a room you're using, thermostats open and close the various dampers to control the temperature in each room or zone.

While zoning may sound like an expensive option to some, the improved comfort zoning provides - solving the problem of some rooms being too hot while others are too cold - along with the energy savings that can be achieved, make zoning a smart home improvement. In fact, says Foster, zoning pays for itself in energy savings.

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 [email protected] or call 1.877.FIRSTZONE (367-7896). For more information on zoning, visit the company's website: www.zonefirst.com.