If you’re one of the many businesses looking to cut down on overheads, there are a number of steps you can take to improve the efficiency of your commercial heating system. Although it may not strike you as something important, the UK electrical system sees nearly £10 billion in heat losses every year.
Taking the appropriate steps to become more energy-efficient will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also make it possible for you to save a significant amount of money. In terms of energy efficiency, a zone control framework for your HVAC system offers one of the highest possible returns on investment. In the long run, it is only rivalled by appropriate insulation technology.
What Is Zone Control?
If your building runs on a hot water boiler, electric heat pump, or any kind of ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, there is a good chance that you can save money with the help of zone control. The latter is essentially a system of dampers or valves that regulate the flow of heat. The entire mechanism divides your estate in multiple zones whose temperatures can be individually set.
With this arrangement, you can easily control the temperature in one room, floor, or part of the building without affecting the climate in another. For those who regularly have to manage thermostat wars, this solution is the equivalent of a permanent diplomatic alliance.
Some architectural features, such as high ceilings or, our personal favourites, wall to wall windows, pose a real challenge for central or distributed heating frameworks. Fortunately, zone control ensures that these areas are separated from other parts of your building which may be much easier to heat, so that the former gets no more than the amount of heat required to achieve your personal climate control settings.
The Benefits of Zone Control Heating
Although comfort plays a great role, zone control is more about reducing the costs of utility bills, as well as about increasing the lifespan of your heating system. For example, if people work in the company office much longer than in the warehouse, there’s no need for the latter to be heated after the last warehouse worker turns in. This will greatly reduce the stress on your HVAC system, which will no longer circulate warm air through an immense space at all times.
The same holds true for homes. Depending on where you spend most of your time throughout the day, the main floor is a zone where you will require heating, while the bedroom is not. During the night, the reverse is true. With zone control, you can significantly improve the efficiency of your boiler or HVAC, since it will always work to heat the areas that need it the most rather than the entire building at once, based on your individual settings.
For professional zone control installations and maintenance in Bristol, you can rely on the expertise of our team at Grey Man Engineering to deliver a complete service that will keep both your business and your home cosy all year long.