August 28, 2019

Do you have a zoned air conditioning & heating system?

Here in San Diego, we have many homes with zoning systems (This is a feature you can design for your home that allows the system to cool/heat individual rooms/zones using controls and electronic dampers). This can be an excellent solution for comfort, energy savings, and reduced run time. On the other side of the coin, if the system is incorrectly designed, the latter would not be accurate. In many cases, poor design of a zoned system can lead to damaging main components such as compressors, fan motors, and heat exchangers. For example, many homes in our area are using single-stage air conditioning and heating equipment with single speed fan motors. Zoned systems and single speed/stage units have a difficult time pairing to each other. This is because you must reduce the capacity of the system to have individual control in each zone. A reduction of capacity also requires less airflow. Retrofitting zoned systems on equipment that cannot change speeds when the design changes, creates a perfect storm for a poorly operating comfort system. The solution to this issue is creating a duct system that can manipulate the airflow, ultimately eliminating the potential to damage the systems. We use a solution known in the industry as a pressure-sensitive zone damper. Pressure-sensitive zoning allows the system to focus airflow into a desired zone while maintaining the safe operation of the equipment. Building a system like this takes calculation; at Blue Diamond, we can confidently say we know how to properly design and install zoned systems for your home or business. We back this up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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