When researching ways to upgrade your commercial HVAC system and have a new commercial furnace installed, you may notice that the concept of zoned heating comes up a lot. Zoned HVAC is growing in popularity and can be a very efficient way to heat and cool your commercial space, keeping your staff comfortable while also keeping your energy bills manageable. Here are five key points to keep in mind about zoned heating for your business:
Zoned HVAC Gives You More Control
A traditional HVAC system heats your entire facility uniformly. A zoned system, on the other hand, divides your facility or office into individual zones which can be heated independently of each other. With a zoned heating system, you (or your office manager) have total control over which parts of your business are heated to which temperature.
Instead of wasting heat in a storage or stock room that employees rarely spend time in, for example, you can set that "zone" to a different temperature than your main office. Your zoned thermostat will make it easy to change the temperature by zone at any time. If you integrate your HVAC system with smart technology you can even change the temperature in specific zones from your phone or tablet when you're not at work.
Zoned HVAC Saves Money on Your Electric Bill
Because your heat is being focused only on the parts of your business that need them, you may find you can cut back significantly on your energy output. This can easily translate to much lower utility bills for your company, especially if you own a larger facility.
While there haven't been studies yet on how much a commercial business saves when switching to zoned heating, residential savings are usually up to 30%. It's logical to assume that savings for a business would be similar. The upfront cost of a zoned system can be a bit more than a traditional HVAC system, but you will recoup this cost in lower utility bills.
Zoned HVAC Keeps Your Team Comfortable
Administrative staff and other team members who work on their computers all day may get cold easily in the winter and want the heat on full blast, while your maintenance, cleaning, or manufacturing staff are physically active during the workday and can easily overheat. Instead of accepting that some members of your team have to be uncomfortable at any given time, you can create unique temperature zones that meet the needs of different areas of your company.
Your commercial furnace sends hot air into the ductwork system, and then easily controlled electronic dampers close or open depending on where in your facility you want the warm air sent.
Zoned HVAC is Quiet
Zoned heating systems also tend to be much quieter than traditional HVAC. This makes sense if you think about it: a typical HVAC system has to work extra hard to heat the entire building at once. A zoned system efficiently heats each independent zone, which requires less effort and therefore makes less noise. For employees who are easily distracted by disruptive background noises, your quiet and unobtrusive new commercial furnace with zoning system may lead to greater productivity.
Zoned HVAC May Last Longer
Similarly, since your zoned HVAC system doesn't need to work as hard its components won't receive quite as much wear and tear or be subject to as much strain. This may translate to a system that goes longer between repairs and has a longer lifespan than your former HVAC system. When deciding how to allocate the maintenance budget for your business, it makes sense to focus on expenditures that will pay off in the long run.
Zoned HVAC paired with a robust commercial furnace is only one option for commercial heating. Working with a professional HVAC company with significant commercial experience is the best way to determine if zoned heating is the best option for your business.