Do you have uneven temperatures throughout your home? Does one room in the house feel warm and humid while another is freezing cold while the A/C is running? If so, you may want to consider home zoning. Whether it’s time to replace your old A/C unit or you’re looking for an alternative cooling solution that’s more energy-efficient and effective, segmenting your home into zones that can each be controlled separately may be the best answer for you.

What is home zoning?

Home zoning is splitting a home up into different segments, based on each segment’s air conditioning need. Different sections of your home require different amounts of cooling in the summer or heating in the winter. The side of your home that faces the sun may be warmer and need more intense cooling than a room in the back corner of your home that’s in the shade much of the day.

These split systems are known as mini split-system air conditioners, and they can be installed in both commercial and residential settings. They do not require ductwork like typical central air conditioning units does. Because of this, you can strategically place units in different zones, and control them separately. So, if there’s one zone that gets warmer during the summer, you can turn the unit up higher to cool that particular area, while leaving another zone that doesn’t require as much attention down or off. Many systems allow you to install up to four indoor units (in four distinct zones), each with its own controllable thermostat, that connect to a single outdoor unit.

This is an extremely energy-efficient alternative to central heating and cooling. These systems follow the strict guidelines set forth by Energy Star and guarantee cost and energy savings.

Should I consider a split-conditioning system for my home?

Like we mentioned before, these ductless systems can be installed in virtually any setting. It is becoming an increasingly popular heating and cooling system choice for new homes and buildings. If your home or property, new or existing, follows under any of the following specifications, home zoning could be a great choice for you.

For homes with:

  • Two or more levels
  • A finished basement or attic and/or use your basement or attic as living space
  • Rooms with vaulted ceilings
  • Rooms with large windows
  • Family members with different indoor temperature preferences
  • Concrete slabs
  • Extreme changes in temperature throughout the home
  • An outdated or malfunctioning air conditioning system

Older Homes

Another great reason to consider a ductless mini-split system is if your home is over 60 years of age and you don’t have the option of installing a central air unit and adding ductwork. Older homes are harder to renovate than newer ones, and many times homeowners with historic homes wish to preserve the beauty and charm that their home possesses, not tear up parts of the home to add intrusive ductwork. Instead of being stuck with an ineffective window air conditioner or inefficient radiator, owners of historic homes now have a great alternative option.

Why are ductless systems an energy-efficient alternative to a central air system with ducts?

A lot of energy is lost when flowing through a central air system. According to, duct losses can account for over 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning. Home zoning offers flexibility and customization in the home for maximum comfort.

Duct-Free Systems in Ames

Cyclone Contracting installs both central air conditioning systems and duct-free (mini-split) systems. If you’re interested in home zoning, we have a special offer going on currently: Turn in your window air conditioner and get a $250 dollar discount on a duct-free system! Contact us today for more information.