Homeowners who are mindful of the environment (and their pocketbooks) might have already heard the latest buzz about “ZONING” (a.k.a. zoned heating and cooling systems.)
During the summer months, heat from rooms with large sun-exposed windows can make your air conditioner run more than it needs too. OR these rooms might never get cool. SmartZonecan improve the whole house comfort by directing air to rooms that need more cooling.
For many years, lots of car manufacturers have been putting separate passenger/driver/rear climate controls in cars. In such a small space, this could be seen a “silly” feature because the passenger & driver are in very close quarters. In most homes, however, heating and air conditioning systems still tend to have only ONE climate zone (one thermostat). Dual or multiple climate zones for a home makes much more since than in a car but is not nearly as often implemented. With SmartZone most existing heating & air conditioning equipment can be upgraded to have multiple climate controls (thermostats) in different areas. You could have a thermostat in the kitchen, bedroom and living room… comfort everywhere. Additionally, with SmartZone, areas that are not being used can be turned OFF to save energy. All the parts you need shipped for free from ZoningSupply.com Zoning experts standing by to answer any questions you have or help with system design.
We know that sometimes zone controls can be a headache. Complicated controls and low quality dampers can make a zoning job more trouble than it’s worth. Not with SmartZone controls and Ecojay dampers. Simple controls and heavy-duty dampers take the hassle out of zoning.
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Much better than the competition... more accurate and the easiest by far to install. The video below shows that a typical static pressure control takes more than 4X as long to install when compared to the same ECOJAY SmartZone Static Pressure Control (ASPC)
Elements of Zoning
A Zoning System consists of 4 primary pieces:
Zoning Control Panel
Thermostats are used in just the same way that a typical thermostat is used except with a zoning system there is ONE thermostat located in each area or “zone.” Instead of connecting these thermostats to the equipment like a typical application, with zoning all the thermostats are connected to the Zoning Panel. Suggest purchasing on Amazon.com or from wherever 24VAC thermostats are sold.
2. Zoning Control Panel
The Zoning Panel is the “brains” of the operation. This computer-like electronic board, reads the calls from all the thermostats and makes decisions about what to energize on the equipment (heat, cool or fan) AND which dampers to open or close. Zoning Control Panels come in MANY shapes, sizes, and colors but with SmartZone you are just selecting the number of zones)
Not only are the thermostats connected to the Zoning Panel but so are the dampers. A damper is to airflow in the duct like a faucet is to water in a pipe. In other words, the damper acts like a valve in the duct system to divert air to the zones where it is needed.
Finally, the Equipment is also connected to the Zoning Panel. The equipment refers to the heating and cooling (HVAC) unit. This can come in many shapes, sizes, and configurations. In order to apply zoning to any equipment, the correct zoning Panel mush be chosen. Some Zone Panels are very specific and can only be used with certain types of equipment while some are much more versatile and can be used on almost ANY type of equipment used.
The above four parts make up the pieces of a Zoning System, but since in a standard system you already have two of these parts (THERMOSTAT and EQUIPMENT). The addition of a zoning system really consists of adding only two different parts, a ZONING PANEL and DAMPERS. This makes zoning one of the easiest and affordable ways to gain the much desired improvement of comfort and efficiency. With these parts installed properly a user can enjoy the ability for both added comfort and increased energy savings.
UPGRADE your system with an easier & better zoning control. The SmartZone-4X is a drop in replacement for many zone control systems. This is a quick diagram showing where to plug in the wires after disconnecting them from your old HONEYWELL system.
Honeywell HZ432, HZ-432, HZ322, HZ-322, HZ311, HZ-311, HZ221, HZ-221 can all be replaced by the SmartZone-4X in most cases. For more information go to http://www.smartzoning.com