This is a term that’s used when heating only a portion of your home. When you think about it, most people spend the majority of their time only two or three rooms. And many people like their bedrooms cooler than the rest of the house. Zone heating warms those the area of the home that you spend the most time in. Depending on the size/layout of your home and your family’s lifestyle, many people have discovered that they can save on their monthly heating costs by using their fireplace, stove or fireplace insert.
Family rooms, living rooms, great rooms and homes with an open kitchen/dining/living design are prime candidates for zone heating. Your forced air furnace is probably operating with a burner size of 80, 90, or 100K BTU’s/hour or more. It’s constantly cycling on/off heating the entire house. A fireplace, stove or insert normally operates in the 20, 30, to 40K BTU/hour range. By putting the heat where you spend most of your time, you’re using less BTU’s. And fewer BTU’s saves gas. And saving gas, saves money.