In the past, many contractors suggested installing two separate heating and air conditioning units in two-story homes. After all, this was once the ideal way to keep both floors at a comfortable temperature. Nowadays, though, there is a far better option: having just one heating and air conditioning unit installed and setting it up with multiple zones. These are a few reasons why this can be the better choice.
1. Save on Replacement Costs
First of all, as you might already know, buying and installing a heating and air conditioning system can be a big investment. If you have to buy two separate units, then you'll probably have to pay approximately twice as much. This isn't good news if you are looking to buy new heating and air conditioning systems now, and it can cost you a lot of money later on down the line as well. If you purchase a zoned HVAC system instead, then you can save a lot of money on purchase and installation now and can avoid having to pay for two units when a replacement is needed later on.
2. Make Maintenance Easier and More Affordable
Another good thing about buying just one zoned heating and air conditioning system is the fact that it can help make maintenance easier and more affordable. When you're doing your own maintenance, you'll probably appreciate only having one unit to maintain rather than having twice as much work. When you have to hire someone to come in and perform the maintenance and repairs for you, then you're sure to find that the job gets done more quickly and that the repair bill is a lot smaller when you only have one unit as well.
3. Conserve Energy During the Winter
If you have two separate units, then you might find that you burn more electricity, gas, or heating oil than if you just run one. Luckily, you can minimize your energy use even more with your zoned unit by using a programmable thermostat that only heats and cools the zones that you're using and that only heats and cools your home when someone is going to be there.
As you can see, if you have a two-story home and are looking to install a new heating and air conditioning system, then you should not assume that installing two separate units is your best choice, even if this is currently what is installed in your home. For these reasons and more, you will probably want to talk to a professional that offers air conditioning installation and furnace repair services about installing a zoned HVAC system so that you can use just one system while keeping both floors of your home as comfortable as possible.