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Creating Heating Zones in your house: Efficient comfort for every room

As the temperature drops and winter settles in, ensuring a warm and cosy home becomes a top priority. However, heating an entire house uniformly can be both inefficient and expensive. That’s where the concept of heating zones comes into play.

By dividing your home into distinct heating zones, you can tailor your heating system to meet the unique comfort needs of different areas, ultimately saving energy and money while enhancing overall comfort. We really like the solutions from EPH as they are really easy to set up and use and have proved to be reliable and excellent quality.

So lets take a look at the benefits of creating heating zones in your house and provide practical tips for implementing this energy efficient solution.

The Benefits of Heating Zones

  1. Enhanced Comfort: One of the most significant advantages of heating zones is the ability to customise the temperature in each area of your home. This means you can keep bedrooms warm and cosy while keeping less frequently used spaces cooler. With heating zones, everyone in your household can enjoy their preferred level of comfort.
  2. Energy Efficiency: Zoning your heating system allows you to heat only the areas that are in use, rather than wasting energy heating empty rooms. This can lead to substantial energy savings and a reduced carbon footprint. In fact, many energy authorities estimate that heating and cooling typically account for nearly half of a home’s energy consumption.
  3. Cost Savings: By heating only the necessary areas, you can significantly lower your heating bills. This is especially beneficial if you have rooms that don’t require the same level of warmth as your living spaces. Zoning can help you allocate your heating resources efficiently.
  4. Prolonged Equipment Life: When you’re not running your heating system at full blast to heat the entire house, your heating equipment will experience less wear and tear. This can extend the lifespan of your furnace or heat pump and reduce maintenance costs.

Creating Heating Zones: Practical Tips

  1. Evaluate Your Home’s Layout: Begin by assessing your home’s layout to determine the best way to create heating zones. Consider factors like the size of each room, insulation levels, and the frequency of use. Commonly zoned areas include bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.
  2. Install Zoning Equipment: To create heating zones, you’ll need the right equipment. The most common options include:
    • Three zone systems and these packs that include everything you need;
      • Room thermostats
      • A time switch
      • Hot water cylinder thermostat
      • A gateway so you can use your smartphone etc
    • Two zone systems just like the three zone system detailed above that include
      • Room thermostats
      • A time switch
      • Hot water cylinder thermostat
      • A gateway so you can use your smartphone etc
    • Smart Thermostats: Smart thermostats like from EPH controls linked with their EMBER app allow you to control the temperature in various zones remotely via you rphone. You can also schedule heating patterns for each zone and this is perfect for our Irish climate as the weather can change so quickly. You could be in work and make any changes easily.
    • Radiator Valves: If you have a hydronic heating system with radiators, consider installing thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) to regulate the temperature in individual rooms.
  3. Choose the Right Heating Source: Depending on your home’s heating system, you may need to adapt it to support zoning. Forced-air systems, like furnaces and heat pumps, are generally easier to zone. However, with some adjustments, you can zone a hydronic (hot water) heating system as well. You are best to get a plumber or someone suitably qualified to come and inspect your heating system and advise what is best for your circumstances.
  4. Plan Your Zones Strategically: Divide your home into heating zones based on your needs and preferences. High-traffic areas, bedrooms, and frequently used rooms are often grouped together in a zone. Ensure that each zone is well-balanced in terms of size and heating requirements.
  5. Professional Installation: While some aspects of zoning can be very easy to do – if you have any doubts at all then get in a professional to help advise you and carry out any work that might be required.
  6. Regular Maintenance: To keep your heating zones working optimally, perform regular maintenance, including cleaning air filters, checking dampers, and calibrating thermostats.

Creating heating zones in your house offers numerous benefits, including enhanced comfort, energy efficiency, cost savings, and extended equipment life. By strategically dividing your home into distinct heating zones and utilising the right equipment, you can optimize your heating system to meet the specific needs of each area.

We all want to make positive changes to do all we can for the environment and heating zones are a practical step towards that. You will be reducing energy consumption and ultimately living more comfortably during these colder months.

We have all of the kit you need to get this done and we are here ready to help with any questions that you might have. We will also get any of this out to you quickly throughout Ireland.

  • RF Room Thermostat With Boost Button from EPH

    EPH RF Wireless Room Thermostat With Boost Button

    Key features:

    • Perfect for residential settings
    • Trusted brand
    • Can be used with the EMBER App
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    89.00 (Inc. VAT)
  • Ember PS 4 Zone System Heating Controls (EPH PS14)

    EPH PS14 PS 4 Zone System

    Key features:

    • Control your heating system directly from your smart devices
    • This is the PS14 pack
    • Includes 1 x R47-RF time switch, 3 x RFR Room Thermostats, 1 x RFC Cylinder Thermostat and 1 x GW01 Gateway
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    836.62 (Inc. VAT)
  • 4 Zone RF Wireless Heating Programmer – EPH R47-RF

    EPH Control Four Zone Wireless Programmer R47-RF

    Key features:

    • 4 zone RF programmer suitable for use with 4 x RF thermostats
    • Compatible with the EMBER App when fitted with an EPH WiFi gateway.
    • Screen dimensions: 100mm x 35mm
    • 3 operating periods per day
    295.00 (Inc. VAT)
  • EPH PS 3 Zone System with EMBER App

    EPH EMBER PS 3 Zone Systems EMBERPS08

    Key features:

    • Control your heating system directly from your smart devices
    • All controlled via RF Thermostats, RF Programmers and WiFi gateway
    • Includes WIFI gateway
    • Easy to set up and control
    467.95 (Inc. VAT)
  • EPH PS 2 Zone System with EMBER App

    EPH EMBER PS 2 Zone Systems EMBERPS04

    Key features:

    • Control your heating system directly from your smart devices
    • All controlled via RF Thermostats, RF Programmers and WiFi gateway
    • Includes WIFI gateway
    • Easy to set up and control
    371.50 (Inc. VAT)
  • EPH R47 4 Channel Programmer

    4 zone programmer with 3 operating modes

    Key features:

    • Perfect for controlling 4 zones in a central heating system.
    • 3 operating modes – 24h, 5/2d & 7 day
    • 3 Operating periods per day
    • Ambient temperature range between 0 and 50 degrees Celsius
    199.75 (Inc. VAT)
  • 2 Zone RF Programmer for Heating from EPH

    EPH 2 zone RF programmer suitable for use with an 2 no. RF thermostats

    Key features:

    • High quality 2 Zone RF Programmer
    • Trusted brand
    • For use with RF Thermostats
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    135.00 (Inc. VAT)
  • Eph R27 2 Channel Digital Programmer

    Two Zone Wired Digital Heating Programmer

    Key features:

    • Suitable for use with wired thermostats
    • Trusted brand
    • Two zone
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    74.03 (Inc. VAT)
  • EPH R37-RF 3 Zone Wireless Programmer

    3 zone RF programmer suitable for use with 3 no. RF thermostats

    Key features:

    • Wireless Heating Programmer compatible with Ember Smartphone App
    • Trusted brand
    • Operating Periods: 3 per day
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    225.00 (Inc. VAT)
  • 2 Zone Wireless Heating Pack 3/4 Inch

    2 zone RF combi zone control pack

    Key features:

    • Two zone Radia controlled zone control pack
    • Trusted brand
    • Includes everything you need
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    351.07 (Inc. VAT)
  • 2 Zone Combi Zoning CR2P Hardwire Control Pack EPH

    S Plan Heating Control Pack – Two Zone Hardwired Control

    Key features:

    • includes everything you need
    • Trusted brand
    • Hardwired
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    214.00 (Inc. VAT)
  • 3 Channel Digital Programmer Heating Controls

    EPH R37 3 Channel Digital Programmer

    Key features:

    • 3 Heating Zone Programmer
    • One zone for hot water and two heating zones
    • In built frost protection
    • Ideal for Trades people and for DIY
    146.80 (Inc. VAT)

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