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Old 05-15-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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My fiancee and I are buying a townhome in Robbinsville in Washington Town Center. One of the options is Dual Zone HVAC. It is a $1300 option. This is not true dual zone it is a damper system. I have been getting mixed opinions regarding the usefullness of this type of system. The person we are dealing with at the builder lives in the development and loves her dual zone.

Is this system really worth $1300? Will it save enough on the electric and gas bill to go for it?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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I think if you stay there a minimum of 5 years you might benefit from purchasing the system. No idea how big your townhouse is or if it has tons of dead space or high ceilings. People want these dramatic two story family rooms and high cathedral ceilings but all it really means is more space to heat and cool. You should make use of ceiling fans if you want to save on heating costs in winter.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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We have dual zone heating...and our heating bills are higher than when we had the single zone...however we put on an addition to warrant the dual zone so I am heating extra space...so it is hard to say.
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Old 05-15-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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The townhome is 1700 square feet and does not have a two floor open living room.

We are pretty sure we will be there at least 5 years. I figured if it cost $200 a month for gas and electric and if dual zone would save 10% a month off of that bill it would take 5.5 years to break even.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:23 PM
 
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Can you add it afterwards and see how your heating costs run?

My heating bills alone are about $400 a month and electric are about $80-$120 depending on the season. Much higher in summer....Our home is 2300 sq ft.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:29 PM
 
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Can you add it afterwards and see how your heating costs run?

My heating bills alone are about $400 a month and electric are about $80-$120 depending on the season. Much higher in summer....Our home is 2300 sq ft.

I do not think you can add it afterwards since it would be a difference HVAC system totally.

That is a pretty high heating bill. I honestly hope we don't have a bill even close to that. The AC bill in the summer is great for 2300 sq. ft.
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Old 05-15-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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I do not think you can add it afterwards since it would be a difference HVAC system totally.

That is a pretty high heating bill. I honestly hope we don't have a bill even close to that. The AC bill in the summer is great for 2300 sq. ft.

Sorry I worded that wrong....summer cooling costs are up near $250. I meant $80-$120 for electric in general for the rest of the year...sorry for the confusion.
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Old 05-15-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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Default Do it!

It is a small cost compared to the home and will insure comfortable tempatures in all parts of the home during all seasons. I made the mistake of cheaping out in my new home 10 years ago and later added a second unit for AC/Heat in the attic. It was one of the best upgrades I did to the home and our utility consumption was lower since we only heat or cool the section of the house we're in. Prior we needed to cool or heat the whole house to remain comfortable in the room we occupied. This upgrade also adds value to the home.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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It is a small cost compared to the home and will insure comfortable tempatures in all parts of the home during all seasons. I made the mistake of cheaping out in my new home 10 years ago and later added a second unit for AC/Heat in the attic. It was one of the best upgrades I did to the home and our utility consumption was lower since we only heat or cool the section of the house we're in. Prior we needed to cool or heat the whole house to remain comfortable in the room we occupied. This upgrade also adds value to the home.
I agree. We had dual zone put in when our house was built, and it makes a huge difference, mostly in summer. My neighbors with single zone cannot get their upstairs to cool properly - ours is fine.
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:13 AM
 
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It is a small cost compared to the home and will insure comfortable tempatures in all parts of the home during all seasons. I made the mistake of cheaping out in my new home 10 years ago and later added a second unit for AC/Heat in the attic. It was one of the best upgrades I did to the home and our utility consumption was lower since we only heat or cool the section of the house we're in. Prior we needed to cool or heat the whole house to remain comfortable in the room we occupied. This upgrade also adds value to the home.

You purchased another unit. This dual zone is really zone heating/AC with one unit and a damper system so it would not work like two units.
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