Discover the six practical principles we educate our team on, ensuring effortless system design. When creating a zoned system, it is advisable to adhere to these guidelines as much as
possible when grouping rooms to form a zone:
1) Avoid combining different floors within the same zone
Consider the natural behavior of hot air rising and cold air sinking; ignoring this can lead to uncomfortable situations. We all know the importance of keeping customers cool-headed and warm-footed!
2) Separate rooms with distinct construction types into different zones
For instance, new additions should have their thermostat due to superior insulation compared to the rest of the home, resulting in different temperature responses.
3) Group rooms with perimeter wall areas separate from those entirely internal to the structure
As the outside temperature changes, less influence the latter. Whenever feasible, keep internal rooms together.
4) Locate thermostats in the most frequently used room within an area
Similar to non-zoned systems, only install thermostats in hallways if the customer plans to spend most of their time there.
5) Avoid placing rooms with conflicting solar or mechanical heat loads in the same zone
For example, grouping an east-facing room with intense morning sun with a west-facing room is unwise.
6) Strive to have a minimum of two registers for each zone
This promotes more stable airflow and ensures continued circulation.
While it may not be possible to follow every rule, considering them during system design can
help avoid potential complications.