Zone Heating (What Is It, Why Do I Care, How Do I Do It)
Around here we talk a LOT about “zone heating” so we decided to write this little ditty for you guys to help better explain zone heating…
Zone Heating: Is heating just an area of your home. For instance your furnace will most likely try to heat the whole home to a set temperature, but if you put in a wood burning or gas burning stove, fireplace or heater you could heat either just a living zone which could include the kitchen and dinning room, or basement which could include the laundry area, or enclosed patio which can open to the house.
Sometimes there is always that one room that’s colder than the others, maybe because it’s got three outside walls, or has more windows than other rooms.
What the zone heating appliance heats efficiently, the furnace doesn’t have to. The furnace is sometimes struggling to heat the house, and the zone appliance takes the inefficient struggle off the furnace. You can distribute the heat from the zone appliance throughout the house to really take the burden off the furnace by simply putting the fan on your thermostat to the manual position. This filters and humidifies the air, and it actually costs less in electricity to run a fan constantly then to have it constantly starting and stopping.
Right now the fireplace and hearth industry have a TON of great, efficient options for homeowners to choose from. You’ve got freestanding stoves, fireplace inserts, and masonry heaters all that will use firewood, natural gas, oil, coal and even corn or pellets as fuel!
So when you come on in and you hear us ask “have you heard of zone heating” you will know what we are talking about!