Air ConditioningThe Benefits and Convenience of Multi-Zone Systems

May 29, 2017


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Most homes in the area use centralized air conditioning systems, which cool the air in a single location and then distribute it into the home using a system of ducts. It’s an effective and efficient system, but it has drawbacks: especially for larger homes that might struggle with a centralized system. Luckily, you don’t have to replace your entire system to improve its efficiency and allow higher versatility. A multi-zone system can be installed in your existing ducts, and improve your system’s efficiency in a number of wonderful ways.

What It Is

A zone control system is essentially a series of valves placed in the ductwork of your air conditioner. The valves can be opened and closed independently of each other: dividing your home into sections which can each be cooled (and heated in the winter) separately from each other.

That may sound like a lot of effort for minimal gain, but the benefits to your home can be enormous, especially in the summer.


The first and most apparent benefit comes in the luxury of more precise control over your air conditioning system. Family members can set separate temperatures in different parts of the home without fighting over a single thermostat setting. For instance, say you’re watching TV in your living room. Your spouse is cooking dinner over a hot stove and wants to turn up the cool air to compensate for the added heat. In a centralized system, doing so would plunge the living room into a deep freeze, forcing one of you to be uncomfortable. But multi-zone systems let you have your cake and eat it too, ensuring that every family member can set the temperature to exactly what they want.


By extending that concept, a multi-zone system moves from a luxury to a huge benefit. It allows you to simply turn off the air in parts of the home you aren’t using while still running it in parts of the home you are. For instance, people rarely spend much time in the bedroom during the heat of the day, or when they’re at work or school. Multi-zone systems allow you to simply shut the air off in those parts of the house while running it in the kitchen or the living room.

This can cut down on monthly cooling bills a great deal (and heating bills in the winter) without denying yourself a comfortable home. In addition, it will lower the wear and tear on your heating and cooling system: extending its life and reducing the risk of breakdowns, as well as ensuring it can function more effectively.

Now makes an excellent time to install a multi-zone system in your home: in the spring, before the heat of the summer begins, and you can take full advantage of the benefits it provides. It works well in any home, but larger homes particularly benefit from it, as well as houses that struggle to cool their space evenly.

If a multi-zone system sounds like a good fit for your Overland Park, KS home, call the friendly pros at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling to discuss your options!

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