Zoning your central heating means making it so that you can control the temperature of different parts of your house separately. This means you could, for example, have the heating set lower in the kitchen than in a bedroom, or have the heating set to come on at different times in different areas. Current building regulations require all new houses to have their central heating zoned, but it is definitely worth considering for owners of older properties too.
A common problem, especially in older properties, is that some rooms tend to be colder than others. Having your central heating zoned allows you to easily and accurately set the temperature in each room for optimum comfort. It also means that different people can set the temperature in different rooms to suit their own preferences, ideal for personal spaces such as bedrooms!
Zoning can help you make your home more energy efficient and reduce your bills. This is because you can turn the heating down in rooms you rarely use, or adjust the heating in different rooms to reflect when you use them during the day. For example, you might have reception rooms such as the living room and kitchen set to be toasty warm when you get home from work, but have bedrooms set a little cooler until later in the evening when you are heading to bed.
How to zone
When having a brand new central heating system installed, there are some very smart control systems which you can easily add. These will allow you to control each room either from a wall mounted panel or even from your computer or smartphone! For older homes, the most common solution is to fit motorised control valves onto your existing radiators with individual thermostats in each room. This is an effective solution, although a little less convenient to control.
One thing to bear in mind when zoning your central heating is to make sure you are not encouraging condensation to form. This can happen if you have the heating set high in some rooms and very low or off completely in others. The problem is caused because hot air holds more moisture in the form of water vapour and also tends to want to move from warm spaces to colder spaces. When this happens, the air cools and the water vapour turns back into liquid, causing condensation.
The key here is to keep doors closed between warmer and colder spaces to limit the movement of air (which will also make your zoning more effective anyway). You should also be wary of setting the temperature too low or off entirely in any individual room as this will encourage condensation to form.
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