How Many Zones Should Your Central Air Conditioning Unit Have in Your Home?

Central air conditioning is a tremendous addition to any home. Whether you live in Port Orange, Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville, or even Orlando, it can get extremely hot and humid in the summer months of July and August. Our homes become heat traps, especially if you are so bold to live without any central AC.  This is why so many people have invested in central air conditioning systems over inefficient, loud, and troublesome window air conditioning units.

One of the most frequently asked questions that our homeowners have during the installation process is, how many zones they should have within their house?  Having the correcct amount of zones is important to the efficiency of the unit. Zones allow for the control over the central air conditioning system and where and when it blows cold air to certain areas of your home. Adding zones may bring an increased cost, but the added control helps for the most effiecient cooling. During the Installation Process talk it through with your intallation expert!

Understanding Zones With a Central Air Conditioning System

In order to figure out how many zones you will need for your central air conditioning system, you will need to fully understand what zones are. A zone is when you divide up your home into sections. For example, you have all of the kids bedrooms on the second floor of your home but during the hours from 7am to 4pm, none of them rooms are being used. In this case, you would create a 2nd floor zone where you would turn off the AC during those hours.

When you have multiple zones, a thermostat is going to be placed within each zone.  This is what is going to dictate when the central air conditioning system is going to kick on so that it can cool that area or zone properly.

How Many Zones Do You Need?

Figuring out how many zones you want out of your central air conditioning system is going to depend largely on just how much control you want over the temperature of all of the different areas of your home.  Say you want your bedroom to be a certain temperature every night when you are getting ready to go to bed.  If this is the case, you may want to have the bedrooms set up on a separate zone so that the temperature can be turned up during the day so you are being energy efficient, but turned down at night so the rooms can be cooled and ready for you.

It is important that you decipher the liveable zones. Here are some examples of how to zone different types of homes. If you live in a one story ranch, it may be more efficient to have one zone in order to keep the house consistenly cool.  If you have a two-story house with multiple floors and areas, a few different zones may be more beneficial to your lifestyle.  Control is the deciding factor, as is energy efficiency.

Central air conditioning systems are tremendous in that they allow you to control the temperature of your home and keep everything as cool and comfortable as possible.  When you are having your central air conditioning system installed, think about the areas of your home and how you would want to section those off into zones.  This can help you as you try to decide if you want your home all on one thermometer and zone, or multiple for added control.

Contact J&W Heating and Air for a Free Estimate on new AC units. We would be happy to walk you through this process.

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Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool more
Phillip Wallace
Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company more
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Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two more
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Shirley Davis-So Brooks
18:10 01 Jun 18
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James Ponciano
22:46 03 May 18
A snake crawled into my outdoor condenser and stopped my 16 year old Trane last week on Thursday. The power surge took... out my blower unit circuit board and the motor. I called J&W and Rob was over within two hours of my call. I was spec'd a new York 17 seer system and it was up and running on Monday. Technicians Jason and Brian arrived promptly and every facet of the installation was thorough. When completed, I would not of even known they were there except they left my garage cleaner! Thanks J&W!read more
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