Air conditioning zoning

In our previous blog posts, we have discussed the many benefits of ducted air conditioning systems and have touched on the ability to create optimum comfort in your home through the process of ‘zoning.’

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But what is zoning and how can you zone your home in a way which achieves your heating and cooling goals? Read our guide to find out.

 

What is a ducted air conditioning system?

Ducted AC systems are the ‘whole home’ air condition solution and are capable of controlling the temperature and humidity in every room of the house. A ducted air conditioning system works through its internal unit, which is installed within the roof space of the home. A series of ducts run from the air conditioning unit to each of the rooms in the home, allowing you to cool or heat each room using individual controls. Ducted systems are the fastest working, most energy-efficient option when it comes to cooling and heating your home, but do you ever need to replace the ducts? 

What is zoning?

Zoning is the added feature of ducted air conditioning systems which allows you to compartmentalise your home into different zones. Most ducted air conditioners can support up to eight zones or sometimes even more, and these are relatively easy to set up. Zoning allows you to preset different climate conditions for each zone in the home based on each area’s specific heating or cooling needs. You can turn on and off each zone and preset different temperature settings for each zone.

Zoning and energy efficiency

Not only can zoning allow you to have a highly personalised heating and cooling system in your home, but it can also improve energy efficiency too. Rather than cooling down your entire home at the same time, you can choose only to cool the rooms being used, saving you a considerable amount on running costs as you avoid unnecessarily cooling the other areas of your home.

Planning your zones

While you may have specific plans and objectives, it is important that you discuss your zoning plan with your air conditioning company before installation. You will need to determine which areas of your home you require heating and cooling, and what time of the day you need it. You can group different zones together for added convenience. Zoning configurations can be very versatile, but you will need to have a good grasp of how you want to use your air conditioning. You will want to map your air conditioning zones according to your usage pattern for your home. A typical zoning configuration is as follows:

  • Entrance & Hallway
  • Living & Dining
  • Kitchen
  • Bedrooms (1 zone for each)
  • Lounge
  • Study

Most ducted air conditioning systems will come with a wall-mounted zone controller. Alternatively, newer systems connect with wifi, meaning you can control zones with your smart-phone, even while you are not at home. 

Zoning is an excellent way to appropriately regulate the climate of your home. If you have any questions about zoning or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON today.

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