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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

When Does Adding a Zoning System Make Sense?

Phil Laprairie

When Does Adding a Zoning System Make Sense?If you're having trouble balancing your home's HVAC system to evenly heat or cool your home, consider adding a zoning system. The system consists of multiple thermostats connected through a zone control panel to dampers that control the airflow in your ductwork. When you adjust the temperature in a zone, the dampers in the system open or close to make the area cooler or warmer. A zoning system can also save on your energy bills, and ensure all areas of your home are comfortable. 

When does adding a zoning system make sense?

  • When you're building a new home. All the mechanical and electrical parts needed to run the system can be installed at the same time. And, you can make sure the HVAC system you install will have sufficient capacity for the zoning system.
  • If you're installing a new HVAC system and ductwork in your existing home.
  • You have inconsistent temperatures in different rooms of your house, or the people living in your home prefer different temperatures in their rooms.
  • You don't use all of your house all of the time. With a zoning system you can safely "turn off" the heating and cooling to parts of your home.

What do you need to install for a zoning retrofit?

  • A new thermostat for each zone. Programmable thermostats are preferred, so you don't have to manually control the zones.
  • A zone control panel. This is connected to your thermostats, and it's what controls the dampers in your zoned HVAC system. You'll only need one of these, because they can control multiple zones.
  • A transformer for the zone control panel, plenum tubing, flex dampers, a control limit switch, and fire rated tape.

While you can do-it-yourself, adding a zoned system to your home requires that you know the total cubic feet per minute of air produced by your HVAC system, as well as considerable mechanical knowledge. It's a big project, so call a professional if you don't have the experience or confidence to complete it on your own.

If you'd like to know more about installing a zoning system, contact Arpi's.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Calgary, Alberta about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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