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Opt In: Zoning Versus SMART Vents

In today’s homes, smart heating and cooling products are all the rage! They offer many benefits, such as easy installation, increased energy efficiency, and seamless integration. However, the question is whether smart vents or a whole-home zoning system is best for your home comfort and ventilation needs. Discover the purpose of both options, their benefits, and which is right for your home.

What Is Whole-Home Zoning

A whole-home zoning system works with your HVAC system to allow independent control of temperatures throughout your home. It sends conditioned air to each area of your home while avoiding buildup in your system.  Your home is divided into zones with thermostats communicating directly with a central control panel. Programmable thermostats are the best thermostat for optimized zoning temperature control in your home, allowing more flexibility and customization to meet the demands of your family’s lifestyle.

Benefits of Whole-Home Zoning

Whole-home zoning temperature control offers several benefits, such as:

  • Increased airflow management throughout your home, whether it’s heated or cooled air. Airflow is managed within numerous zones in your home. Dampers are utilized to direct the flow of air to each zone based on the thermostat in that zone’s orders. The other zones that don’t need extra airflow won’t be affected by the new air supplied by your system.
  • Customized comfort with enhanced zoning temperature control for each room in your home. Each zone is designed based on the number of occupants, pets, and appliances in the area. The ceiling height is also taken into account for increased customization in each zone.
  • Increased energy savings go hand-in-hand with a whole-home zoning system. It allows your heating and cooling system to operate less often while still providing consistent temperatures throughout each zone in your home. Energy isn’t wasted by your system continually cycling to provide heating and cooling to every room in your house.

What Are Smart Vents

Smart vents are used as a simple and effective way for homeowners to reduce heating and cooling in areas of their home that aren’t in use. This type of zoning ventilation utilizes a smart thermostat to decide which rooms need more air than others. Smart vents still offer zoning temperature control, but there are vent sensors that communicate with other sensors in an area to redirect the airflow if necessary rather than a control panel, dampers, and thermostats.

Benefits of Smart Ventilation In Your Home

Smart vents offer several benefits, including:

  • Wireless system control that allows the system components to communicate
  • Advanced algorithms offer extended battery life up to 2 years
  • Through the use of a louver system, the airflow is controlled quietly
  • Zoning temperature control and pressure drops are monitored through embedded sensors to protect the system
  • Sleek, modern design to match the décor in any home
  • Increased energy savings
  • Easy installation with reduced initial cost

Why Zoning Temperature Control Is Important

According to the United States Department of Energy, 50% of a home’s energy bill is spent on heating and cooling costs and up to 90% of all single-family homes only use one HVAC zone. This allows, on average, 2 to 4 rooms in a home receiving insufficient air to either decrease or increase the temperature. Contact Douglas Cooling & Heating to learn more about zoning ventilation and smart vents. We will help you decide which is best for your home and our NATE-certified technicians will install your new ventilation and zoning temperature control system quickly.


Invest in a zoning temperature control system for your home and boost your HVAC system’s performance and efficiency. Call Douglas Cooling & Heating today and schedule maintenance, service, and installation by our NATE-certified technicians for all your heating and cooling needs!

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