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How does zoning work

For a long time, heating and cooling systems have conditioned the whole home or installed space, so you would have one thermostat per ducted system which is normally installed in main living space or in the hallway near the return air grille. This was done to try and get an average temperature of the conditioned space, but this does not account for any changes in the sun position and thermal load on the different rooms. Not only was the temperature hard to control but the running cost are high due to having to have a system that can conditioning the whole space.

So they come up with the idea of installing a zone(s) to in the ducting so that areas/rooms could be switched off when not needed or to reduce the total unit size. But often the zoning with very limited, normally with basic light switches and zoning into day and night zones. These lead to limited flexibility.

Now we can control your home much like you control your lights. You don’t have just one or two light switches for your whole home, this would not make sense; So why except the same with your heating and cooling?

Why not zone your home into a zone pre room?

By doing this you can have:

  • Full control which rooms/ areas that you want to condition
  • Reduce unit size section
  • Reduce running costs due to unit size and the number of areas that you are conditioning
  • Add temperature controlling sensors into each zone and you increase running cost savings as
    well increase room by room comfort!

Benefits of fitting temperatures to zones.

With the standard on/off manual zone controlling option, it requires you to switch the zone OFF once it has reached temperature or ON if it’s become too uncomfortable, but this requires you to know what the temperature is in the space and to keep check, to make this an automatic option then the system does all the work which delivers more accurate temperature control of the spaces.

  • Reduce run times of your unit
  • Reduce energy bills
  • Improved temperature control
  • Less maintenance of our unit due to reducing run times of the system

Also adjusting your comfort levels moderately can also make big changes to your energy bill. For instance, when cooling, increasing the temperature set-point by 1°C will reduce the amount of power your system uses by up to 10% .

What is required to install zoning in to my home?

Often most homes are made up of around 10 rooms, each with their own air vent in the ceiling (some times in the floor or wall) which delivers either hot or cold air to the rooms. In the ceiling space the ducting (piping) is run and connected back to the heating and cooling indoor blower unit.

  • To be able to zone the home we install zone dampers into this ducting network to split the home or office up into as many spaces as works for your system(s). This is how we can give you total control of airflow.
  • Zone dampers run back to a central control unit which is the management system for your home or office, from here we can control a number different home automation items like:
  • Your heating and cooling system(s)
  • Lighting
  • Blinds
  • Gates and doors
  • Irrigation system
  • The central management system is then connected into your heating and cooling system or systems as we can manage up to 4 units on the system control hub.

Airflow and zoning control in your heating and cooling systems ductwork – how do the options work?

Barrel damper

The barrel damper has a circular tube with an internal section called a ‘scoop’. On the external, there can be a handle for manual airflow setting and control or actuator/zone motor which connect into your unit or control system for zoning control. As you can see in the pictures when the handle of the actuator is moved it rotates the scoop open or closed. The level of airflow is adjusted by how far the scoop is opened or closed.

Exact Air Regulator by Advantage Air

The exact air regulator applies the commercial concept of opposed blade damper system and created one of the most versatile home damper systems in the world – the exact air regulators can deliver more precise control over airflow. Airflow is smoother and quieter as the blades distribute the air across the duct more evenly. This system uses a linear balancing method of airflow control which provides a greater level of control over air flows and therefore more accurate control over temperatures within a zone.

Common things that we hear that zoning can over come.

  • My Office is too hot or my office is always to cold
  • My homes temperature is never right, its either too hot or too cold
  • My energy bills are to high, how can I reduce my energy or power bills
  • My wife wants the temperature to low for me

What brands of units work with these zoning and temperature control systems?

On/off zone systems don’t integrate with the unit, so your unit stays as it was working off the unit thermostat, we give you more control of each rooms do or don’t get air to them. So this options works with all ducted units with flexible ducts. (with access)

Temperature control zoning, we can install this option with unit control or with no unit control. The no unit control option works with all brands of

  • Ducted gas heating and add-on cooling units
  • Ducted heaters
  • Reverse cycle units heating and cooling units
  • Unit control temperature zoning works with most main brands of
  • Ducted gas heating and add-on cooling units
  • Ducted heaters
  • Reverse cycle units heating and cooling units Common things that we hear that zoning can overcome
  • My Office is too hot or my office is always to cold
  • My homes temperature is never right, its either too hot or too cold
  • My energy bills are to high, how can I reduce my energy or power bills
  • My wife wants the temperature to low for me