Central air has been a huge improvement in comfort over how we used to do things. No longer do we all huddle around the fireplace, wood stove, or coal-burning stove for warmth. We can heat and cool our homes efficiently, much more safely, and with out all the labor of chopping wood or shoveling coal.
But central air isn’t without its drawbacks. Not all systems are created equal and depending on the setup of your home, you could be spending much more than you need to on heating and cooling.
So what options do you have?
Multizone HVAC Systems
New advancements in heat pump technology have made managing individual zones within your home affordable and extraordinarily efficient. Some ductless heat pump systems can reach over 300% efficiency ratings in the right configuration! And for all you allergy sufferers ductless systems can drastically reduce airborne allergens and make your time at home much more comfortable.
The high efficiency of a ductless system can be combined with a multizone setup to maximize savings and the size of your pocketbook. A typical multizone setup with have a heat pump (Think wall-mounted AC unit) installed in every room and a thermostat in those same rooms. This allows you to set each individual zone with custom temperatures and run times. Whether setting individual rooms or whole floors, you can fine-tune the system to provide heating and cooling where you need it when you need it.
For example, during the night time you can shut off cooling or heating to the parts of the house you’re not using, and focus on keeping the occupied bedrooms at comfortable temperatures. During the day you can leave some rooms cooled for pets or have everything turned off until just before you come home in the rooms that you’ll be using.
Compared to a typical forced-air system, with one thermostat to rule the house, this level of individual control combined with the extreme efficiencies of ductless heat pumps can add up to huge savings on your heating and cooling costs. The system could even pay for itself in savings over the lifetime of the equipment.
If all this sounds good to you and you would like to discuss your options in multizone HVAC systems, give us at Philadelphia Gas & Electric a call today!