What is Zone Heating and How Can it Save on Central Heating Costs?
Forced air central heating systems distribute heated air from a central furnace unit through ducts to various points in the home. The furnace burners cycle on and off as often as 3-4 times per hour depending on the thermostat's setting and sensitivity. Typical furnace gas inputs range from 80,000 to 120,000 BTU/hr and are sized to heat the home in the very coldest weather. During average heating weather, furnace "on cycle" times may be relatively short with the burners shutting down before peak efficiency is even reached. This results in reduced efficiencies through "cycling losses" (like a car's mileage in stop and go traffic).
Room comfort levels fluctuate along with furnace heat cycles, sometimes warm one minute and cool the next. With central furnace systems, it's often necessary to overheat portions of the home just to get comfortable in the area you wish to spend time.
By contrast, an efficient Valor gas fireplace zone heater puts warmth directly into the space you wish to heat with virtually no cycling losses. Valor heaters utilize special lightweight steel and ceramic components to heat up quickly and reach efficiency in minutes. With a Valor installed in one or more of your main living zones, you can enjoy increased comfort while reducing furnace usage in colder weather or eliminating it during warmer Spring and Fall weather.