Pros and Cons of HVAC Zoning Systems

An HVAC zoning system can help turn certain areas of the house into “climate zones”, giving you the power to choose which rooms to heat or cool. But as with everything, it has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It’s not for everyone, so be sure to do your homework before committing to this type of HVAC installation.


  • No More Heating and Cooling of Unused Rooms – Say goodbye to wasted energy. The obvious benefit of zoned HVAC is that you’re in full control of where the conditioned air goes. Zone controllers move duct dampers, blocking the airflow to unwanted places.

    You can somewhat achieve this kind of functionality by having more than one thermostat, but this strategy is not viable when multiple climate zones are in question.

    In addition to energy savings, reduced maintenance is another upside of decreasing the number of rooms your heating and cooling units need to serve all at once. By moderating the demand for conditioned air, your HVAC equipment will no longer have to work as hard as it did before.

  • No More Temperature Infighting – It’s not uncommon for family members to quarrel over thermostat settings. With zoned HVAC, all of your home’s occupants can coexist in peace while enjoying their individual air temperature preferences.


  • Significant Upfront Cost – A zoned HVAC upgrade can be a costly proposition. In addition, this project is invasive because of the additional components that need to be installed inside the ducts.

  • Challenging Maintenance – With more components added to the equation, tracing the root cause of an HVAC problem can become more difficult.

Choose the Right Partner for Zoned HVAC installation

Reliable Air Conditioning and Heating specializes in zoned HVAC installation. Not only can we help you determine the feasibility of this system in your house, we also offer financing to keep this project from blowing your budget. Call us at (818) 423-4285 to set up a consultation with us at the most convenient date and time.