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September 7, 2016
Many HVAC systems in San Francisco Bay Area homes are programmed with zones. Many homeowners, however often find their zoned systems to be problematic. Why?
Zoning is Complicated
Zoning residential HVAC systems using a single furnace and air conditioning unit is one of the more complicated mechanical engineering problems faced by HVAC contractors. At Mason BPP, we have yet to see a zoned system in an existing home that entirely complies with the manufacturer's installation requirements.
What Are the Zoning Problems in East & North Bay Area Homes?
Traditionally, zoned heating and cooling systems experience problems that can affect the HVAC performance and, ultimately, your family's comfort. Some of the problems include:
- High Static Pressure
This can indicate that your furnace and AC unit are working harder to achieve the temperature settings in each zone. Symptoms can include breezy vents, noisy operation and higher energy bills.
- System Overheat
Overheat can occur when the HVAC unit is working to overcompensate for poor design or programming.
- Bypass Pressure Loss
Pressure loss from additional systems like air filtration or dehumidifying systems can impact the function of zoned heating and cooling.
Technology Solves the Problem!
We love technology!
The Carrier Infinity Zoning System solves so many of the traditional challenges homeowners have with zoning. The Infinity components adjust to different zoning conditions using sophisticated algorithms. The variable-speed ECM motor, for example, can reduce speed to respond to reduced heating or cooling zone requests. The variable speed condenser also can reduce cooling capacity as needed.
Zoning Has Different Design Requirements
Carrier's Infinity Systems have smart sensors and good diagnostics. The systems are sized using CFM room requirements, which is calculated using the volume of the rooms and the ventilation.
When designing these systems, we make sure that your home has adequate fan flow to make the system work properly. Simply put, if your home would benefit from a zoned HVAC system, consider a Carrier Infinity system that Mason BPP can properly design, install and commission. We know you'll like the improved comfort and energy efficiency!