During the cold days winter it's nice to get cozy by the fireplace or curl up under a warm blanket.. or in the summer you might find yourself standing in front of the air conditioner vents or a fan for a little relief from the heat. Is this because it's just not possible for your entire home to be comfortable? It may be because you are concerned with the energy use or $$ being spent to keep the home cool/warm OR it may be that certain areas of your home just never seem to be comfortable. If one or more rooms in your home seem to ALWAYS be outside your "comfort zone", Ecojay's SmartZone may be able to help. Directing airflow (heat/cool) to the rooms that you want, can make rooms in your home comfortable when you want them to be.
Although SmartZone does not have any built-in capabilities for controlling DE-humidification (DH) or Humidification, some applications are possible by using a thermostat on ZONE 1 that does have the capability to control DH.
Before we get to zoning, the equipment being used must have the capability to control humidity. This usually means it has a terminal (DH/BK/DS) that is energized or DE-energized by a thermostat to control fan speed of the equipment. Controlling fan speed allows the equipment to DE-humidify the air when the fan is running in low speed.
Back to zoning, using zone 1 thermostat to control DH is not as simple as wiring directly from the thermostat to the equipment. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. The equipment and the zone thermostats are running on different transformers and this will case problems and potentially damage to some components. You could isolate the output from the thermostat with a relay to get around this issue of different transformers but you would still have an issue with this method of wiring "around" the zone controller. The issue can arise when zone 1 calls for DH but the equipment is already running in heat, this mixed signal might just be ignored by the equipment but we cannot take that for granted... all equipment works differently.
The best way to control DH using SmartZone on single stage equipment is by using the method below. It may seem a little UN-orthidoxed but it is a valid APP note from the engineer at Ecojay (It's intended to work this way).
- Select a DH enabled thermostat of your choice
- Connect Y2/ECO on SmartZone Zone 1 to Zone 1 Thermostat DH/DS/BK
- Connect Y2 on SmartZone Equipment toEquipment DH/DS/BK
- Set Zone 1 "STAT TYPE" to G2
- Set DIP switch #4 to "LOCKOUT"
Zone 1 thermostat will now enable and disable DE-humidification any time the equipment is running in the cooling mode.
NOTE: When starting cooling from OFF state, 90 second delay will occur before HIGH speed fan will energize.
Using this method we are assuming that the equipment is expecting DS/BK/DH input terminal to be ENERGIZED for high speed fan and DE-ENERGIZED for low speed fan. This method should not be used for more than 3 zones or with multi-stage compressor equipment.
We have explained in other posts on ZoningSupply.com, when it comes to HVAC zoning, each application must be evaluated individually. Situations vary widely from building to building, but, in all cases HVAC Zone Control puts the user (homeowner, building manager, etc) in control of comfort.
Let's rewind, what is zoning? Homes and buildings that have "central" heating and air conditioning typically have 1 thermostat that controls the whole house temperature. With zoning, multiple thermostats can be placed throughout the house to better control temperature throughout. SmartZone connects to all of the thermostats & automatically controls dampers (air valves) installed in the air ducts. These air ducts direct air from the heating & cooling equipment to the different areas or "zones" of the home/building. The dampers allow SmartZone to direct air only where needed.
Once a SmartZone has been installed, you will have the ability to set each of the zone thermostats to whatever temperature or settings you desire. SmartZone will, within reason, keep each zone at the correct temperature by running the equipment and directing hot or cold air into the zones only when necessary. This achieves the purpose of comfort control to manage hot or cold areas of your home.
As for energy savings, if some of the zones are rarely used and can stay off for a sufficient amount of time, the equipment will run for a shorter time to heat or cool the rest of the building. This and other applications that allow the user to turn off or set-back one or more of the zones can, in some cases, result in energy savings. Some sources have published % energy savings possible with zoning, however, this is too arbitrary to have any real meaning. Like stated at the beginning, every application is different & the real possibility of energy savings is in the hands of the user and how the thermostats are set.
Zoning is an amazing solution to comfort issues and gives the user ultimate control over comfort throughout the home or building. However, zone control is NOT a magic bullet for energy savings. HVAC Zoning only puts more control in the hands of the user & it is ultimately the thermostats and how they are set that determines potential energy savings.
The reality is that in a normal home with one thermostat, the only way to get more "comfort" is to spend more energy (ie run the AC or heat). With zoning, you can stay more comfortable in some areas while reducing run-time by not heating/cooling other areas.
SmartZone is the best hvac zone control for upgrades or new-installs. Order today and install yourself of call any HVAC contractor in your area for installation.
With warmer weather approaching, upstairs or certain areas of your home can become uncomfortably warm without SmartZone. HVAC zone control can make the entire home more comfortable in the hottest Summer months.
Most homes with a single thermostat have some issues with keeping everyone, everywhere in the house comfortable. With SmartZone, thermostats are places throughout the home to achieve comfort everywhere... and if you choose to turn off some of the areas (zones), you can even save energy. Most importantly, however, SmartZone can make your home more comfortable than it is now. See the slides below for how it works.
How it works...
- SmartZone is connected to several Thermostats placed in "zones" throughout the home or building.
- SmartZone is connected to the Air Conditioning (AC) and Heating equipment.
- Dampers (air valves) are installed in the existing ducts that connect to room vents in the "zones."
- SmartZone controls the AC & Heating equipment AND opens/closes dampers to control air to the zones based on the thermostats.
There is obviously a lot more to HVAC Zone control than the above bullet points. Bypass & static pressure, duct sizing & damper leakage, thermostat & equipment types, equipment modes & changeover, compressor staging, emergency & auxiliary heat... and much more. The good news is that SmartZone takes the guess work out of the potential complications of zoning. Check out more about why SmartZone is the best choice here.