Smart Thermostats vs. Multi-Zone Heating

Smart thermostats offer homeowners an increasing amount of flexibility and customization, not to mention energy savings, but they’re no longer the only smart climate control option. Even smart thermostats can only control the overall temperature, meaning that your entire home is set to the same level of heat or cooling. Intelligent, multi-zone heating offers greater thermostat flexibility and saving potential because it allows you to set individual rooms, or zones, to different temperatures.

This means you don’t waste energy or money heating rooms no one’s using, and improve individual comfort levels by tailoring each room to its occupants. Multi-zone heating can also be personalized to fit your schedule—for example, you could set your smart multi-zone device so each bedroom becomes warmer right before its occupant wakes in the morning, to reduce the unpleasant feeling of getting out from under the covers in a cold room.

Start-up costs for multi-zone heating are higher than for smart thermostats, but both have a payback time of roughly two years. Long-term, multi-zone heating is a better investment, as these devices can produce energy savings of up to $600 a year (in contrast, smart thermostats save an average of $225).

Which sounds best to you: smart thermostat or multi-zone heating? Tell us in the comments!