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Zone Control Systems & Service in Birmingham, AL

Centralized climate control systems have a number of advantages to recommend them, which is why they remain at the top of the heating market despite the arrival of more modern technologies. However, they are not perfect systems. There are a number of issues inherent in the design of the traditional centralized forced-air heating and air conditioning systems, foremost among them being energy efficiency.

Fortunately, there is a way to deal with these issues. Western Sales & Services, Inc. installs and services zone control systems throughout Birmingham, AL. If you need zone control services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.


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How Zone Control Systems Work

A zone control system is a series of dampers, which are like large valves, installed in the ductwork of a home. These dampers open and close to direct the flow of air through the ducts, splitting them up into different zones that can be conditioned separately from the rest of the house. Each zone has its own thermostat, which is installed inside it. When the thermostat detects a need for climate control of any kind, it opens the appropriate dampers and turns on the system. Zone control systems also tend to involve some alteration to the ducts themselves, as most homes do not have ductwork designed to operate with varying levels of air pressure between different sections.

Why You May Want to Install Zone Control

In order to understand why zone control is beneficial, you must first understand why centralized forced–air climate control systems are so energy inefficient. The typical central forced–air system has two modes: on and off. This is fine at first glance, but the problem is that it gives no way to control the output of the system for the needs of different rooms in the home. Each room in the average home warms up or cools off a bit differently from the rest. This is due to all sorts of factors, from differences in insulation to sunlight exposure. The result of applying the same amount of heating or air conditioning to these rooms is that uncomfortable hot and cold spots are created throughout the house.

The other issue with centralized forced–air systems is that they are incapable of conserving energy based on rooms that do not need conditioning. Empty rooms, for example, end up absorbing a lot of energy to the benefit of no one while a climate control system is operating. The benefit of a zone control system is that it allows you to change the output of your climate control systems to suit the needs of each part of the house. This will both make your home more energy efficient, and more comfortable. No more warring with a family member over the ideal temperature; you can both set your ideal temperatures for different parts of the house. No more wasting quite a bit of energy on empty rooms that don’t need them. Western Sales & Services, Inc. installs and services zone control systems throughout Birmingham, AL.


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