Installing a temperature zoning system onto your current central heating and cooling ductwork means that you will have more control over the various temperatures in your home. Zoning allows for multiple thermostats to control the airflow and temperature for different areas (or zones) in your household. If you’ve ever noticed hot or cold spots in your house, or that some rooms are always warmer or colder than others (e.g. the kitchen vs. the bedrooms, upstairs vs. downstairs), then installing a zoning system is a perfect solution.
Although there are a number of temperature zoning brands and systems, they all fundamentally include the installation of three primary items: a control panel, thermostats, and dampers.
The zoning control panel is the center of the zoning system. It’s responsible for signaling to other zoning mechanisms and the heating and cooling equipment. Since it is wired to connect with the heating and cooling units, it is usually mounted near them. So if you have your furnace and air handler in the attic, then the zoning panel will also be installed in the attic.
Your contractor will install one thermostat for every zone in your household. If your house has four zones, then you’ll have four thermostats. This will give you optimum indoor climate control. All thermostats will also need to be wired to the control panel, or connected to the receiver (if they are wireless). Your contractor will program the thermostats for you.
Dampers will also be inserted into the ductwork, allowing them to control the airflow in the ducting system. These are installed by cutting slots in the ducts and inserting the dampers. Whether you have round, rectangular, sheet metal, or flex ducts, there are dampers to suit any type of ductwork. Each damper is normally installed in close proximity to the thermostat that controls it. So if you have a thermostat in your bedroom, then a damper will be placed inside the ducts that supply your bedroom. Whether these ducts are in the attic or crawl space depends on the design of your home’s ducting system.
As you can see, the temperature zoning installation process is rather straightforward. The process will usually take 4 to 5 hours for an average-sized house with easy access to ductwork, but it can take longer depending on the size of your home, and whether the ducts are easily accessible.
So, no more cold and hot spots, or rooms that are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. Zoning your home will make living more comfortable for you and your family.
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