Multiple Systems Vs. Mini-Splits Vs. Zoning
Multiple Systems, mini-splits or zoning? With such a variety of options out there, it’s hard to decide exactly which is best for both your customer’s comfort and your valuable time. So how do you make the right decision?
Multiple systems can be used due to total load requirements, or to provide additional comfort. They can benefit your customers by providing back up if another system is down and by adding another layer of control to their total home comfort. With that being said, there are some downsides to be considered with the use of multiple systems. This means more equipment and materials to purchase, more power consumption, and more ductwork, venting, line splits, gas piping, etc. Installations are much more difficult and labor intensive, there is more equipment to maintain, and there are more repair costs to consider.
Mini-Splits have been taking the industry by storm and your customers know to ask for it! They are a great and energy efficient option when needing additional capacity at load peak or a back up to the primary system. They also provide the best option when there is no/inadequate ductwork, or undersized equipment capacity. However, mini-splits can create a lot of additional trouble for your customers and ultimately you. They are messy to clean, could harbor mold growth and odors, require additional equipment to maintain, compromise the indoor or outdoor aesthetics of the home and some homeowners think they are loud. Installation is also very labor intensive, requiring additional electrical circuits, the potential use of an electrician, and the need to run multiple refrigerant line-sets and condensate drains.
Zoning is the HVAC industry’s best kept secret of energy efficient comfort control. It is a less invasive option for the customer since it makes use of their existing HVAC system and causes no aesthetic issues inside or out. It also provides a less labor-intensive job for you because it requires no additional electrical circuits, refrigeration line-sets, venting, or gas piping , and requires no additional maintenance. The drawbacks to some zoning systems include damper motor failures, static pressure issues, noisy dampers, stripped gears, and trouble if there is inaccessible duct work. There is also a need for multiple, large 24VAC transformers to handle the power required for multiple damper motors, as well as the need for additional/complicated wiring and relays. However, Arzel has been able to avoid these widespread issues due to our innovative and unique design.
How Arzel Can Help
Arzel Zoning products provide solutions to zoning’s largest drawbacks. Our pneumatically operated damper design eliminates all of the issues caused by motorized dampers. So that means no damper motor failures, no noisy dampers, no stripped motor gears, no need for multiple, large 24VAC transformers, and no complicated wiring or relays. If inaccessible ductwork is a concern, our wide variety of damper designs allow for zoning to be installed in even the most difficult of ductwork scenarios, without the need of invasive measures. To avoid static pressure issues, our technologically advanced control panels allow for programable staging as well as bypassing options.
So Which Option is Best?
That is ultimately for your customer to decide! Educate them on the trade-offs of each system and let them choose which option best fits their needs.