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The Most Common Misconceptions About Installing Zoning

Zoning products have evolved greatly since they entered the HVAC marketplace. Many believe that zoning can only be installed on 2 story homes with trunk lines, or zoning isn’t required when using variable speed and multi-stage equipment. We have uncovered many misconceptions on the where, when and why of zoning installations, here are some of the most common.

It’s Too Expensive – My Customers Won’t Spend the Money

We hear it often “You have a great product, but my customer base doesn’t have the income to afford these types of upgrades”. The bottom line is, how can you know what your homeowner wants or needs until you take the time to ask the questions and look for the signs?  The facts don’t lie – the average homeowner who has had Arzel Zoning installed in their home has a home that has between 5-8 rooms and is of a bi-level design. What does that mean?  It means that it is not just large, custom homes with sprawling floor plans that are candidates for zoning. Your zoning customers can be any average service agreement or emergency call customer that you see on any given day. It takes a comfort consultant or service technician asking the homeowner the correct questions and looking for the signs to start the conversation about zoning. Click here and schedule a webinar for more information on how to spot a zoning opportunity and how to start that conversation with your homeowner.

It’s a Completely Finished Home – There is NO WAY to access the ductwork so I won’t quote zoning

With most zoning manufacturers, the thought of offering zoning in a home that is completely finished or has limited access to ductwork can be daunting. Most contractors would believe that access panels would have to be cut into finished ceilings to allow access to install branch or trunk line dampers. The fact is that Arzel makes it completely possible to zone any existing home without having to disrupt the interior of the home or redesign the existing ductwork. Arzel offers a full line of retrofit dampers that allow contractors to install them at takeoff near the plenum, or near the register boot – both options eliminate the need for having to cut into a finished room ceiling or disrupt the cosmetic appearance of the home. Take a look at Arzel’s line of retrofit dampers here and see how easily they install – Check out our products here.

I install mostly variable speed equipment – that should handle the problem

Another common misconception in the marketplace is that variable speed equipment alone can solve comfort issues and temperature differences within a home. While variable speed and multi-stage equipment can sometime improve airflow and efficiency, it cannot compensate for poorly designed duct systems or applications where homeowners want specific temperature control.

To get the most out of Multi-Stage equipment, the system needs to know where the load is and the most advantageous mode of operation.  Zoning provides the opportunity to customize the operation of a heating & cooling system, to control capacity based on duct temperature, and to control airflow by the volume of ductwork being served. The HeatPumPro by Arzel was designed to help maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of zoning multi-stage and variable speed equipment. More specifically, the HeatPumPro has built-in staging features that allow the user to configure staging settings based upon either demand or capacity requirements. CFM staging based on Zone Weighting minimizes or eliminates bypass requirements by controlling fan speed independently, giving more flexibility to control how and when the equipment will stage up based upon capacity or demand requirements.

Zoning is the perfect enhancement to any HVAC system, no matter the age or size of the home. Zoning can be used to solve your customers’ comfort issues while increasing the overall effectiveness of the existing equipment.  Overcoming these misconceptions can help you boost sales while improving your customers’ home comfort. Sign up for our contractor portal for exclusive access to installation and troubleshooting videos, product manuals and marketing literature and subscribe to our email list to stay on top of Arzel Zoning news. Sign up for contractor portal here!

5 Things Contractors Need To Know When Installing Zoning

1.) Does drywall need to be removed to install a damper system?

No. Our dampers have been designed specifically for applications where the ductwork has been buried and is not easily accessible. Check out our products page to find out more about our special application dampers such as the EZYFIT or INSERTA. All dampers come with a lifetime warranty. HVAC pros can register here for videos showing how easy Arzel dampers are to install.

 

2.) Not enough air coming through the registers?

Check the furnace manual on what the maximum static allowance is for the furnace. Then, adjust the system to run near the maximum static on the smallest zone without creating disturbing air noise for the homeowner. The maximum TSP could be as much as 0.8” to 1.0” W.C. and will have a much greater effect on the homeowner’s comfort. Keep in mind to never exceed the maximum static allowance for the furnace in order to prevent damages and ultimately warranties from being voided.

 

3.) Are pneumatic systems reliable?

Yes. Arzel systems operate pneumatically and have been providing comfort since 1983. We are so confident in their ability to provide reliable comfort we backed them with a lifetime warranty and our 100% comfort guarantee. Arzel is more than reliable, it’s very quiet. When installed properly, the systems perform near and less than 40 dB, which is typically the noise in a library environment.

 

4.) Can smart thermostats be used?

 Yes. Smart thermostats that allow for conventional 24vac outputs are compatible will all Arzel zoning panels, MPS, Airboss, HPP, Evergreen, Coolmizer. We know that our contractors and homeowners have their preferred thermostats and we wanted to make sure that Arzel would be compatible with what’s familiar.

 

5.) Do I need a bypass?

It depends. Bypass often isn’t needed but this will depend highly on the application. Bypass is usually applied incorrectly and oversized for the application. The design and layout of the HVAC system determines whether a bypass is required. There are many ways to control the static or airflow noise in the HVAC system. We are happy to discuss proper bypass application, call us at 800-611-8312.

Natasha Carter: New Arzel Sales Rep in Florida

We are excited to announce Natasha Carter, President of Robert Nash & Associates, LLC as our new sales representative in the state of Florida. Natasha started out in the HVAC Industry focusing on the technical aspect of high-velocity systems before establishing Robert Nash & Associates, LLC. She brings over 12 years of HVAC experience and a passion for helping contractors differentiate themselves by offering high-quality innovative solutions while using the industries’ most reliable products. We look forward to working with Natasha and welcome her to our Arzel family!

Meet Dave, Arzel’s new Sales Manager

David Domanick has joined Arzel Zoning as Sales Manager. David brings over 15 years of sales/customer service experience and will use his skills to drive sales growth and relations with distributors and contractors alike.

Prior to joining Arzel, David held the position of Director of Customer Services at GED Integrated Solutions, a glass window manufacturing systems provider. While he was there, record parts sales were achieved by focusing on improving customer experience. His implementation of proactive service plans, customer training, consultative consignment programs and a measured focus on departmental efficiency and accountability added to the success. Dave also held sales/customer service positions in material recycling and in the industrial control and automation solution industries.

We welcome David to the team and look forward to using his skill set to develop valuable relationships while contributing to the current and future success at Arzel.

Got a homeowner using smart, wi-fi enabled or programmable thermostats? Learn how they can benefit from adding Arzel Zoning.

According to ENERGY STAR®, the ideal homeowner comfort level lays between 70 and 78 degrees, and to maximize energy efficiency it is recommended to lower or raise the temperature by 8 degrees when away. Smart thermostats automatically adjust temperatures, programmable thermostats follow a preset schedule, and wi-fi enabled thermostats even allow comfort management remotely. While they sound efficient, in reality, they cause over conditioning and waste energy by not distributing the conditioned air evenly into the areas that are actually used. Why? Because there is only one thermostat managing different temperatures throughout the day for the entire house. Unused areas receive unnecessary conditioning while other livable areas won’t reach the desired temperature. This is because the thermostat reached its set temperature at its location, and in most cases that is in the hallway. Doesn’t quite sound smart or energy efficient, does it? Now, before homeowner’s waste money and energy on space heaters or window A/C units, why not offer zoning?

All Arzel panels are compatible with any 24v, smart, wi-fi enabled or programmable thermostat. A thermostat in each zone will manage zoning calls automatically to ensure desired temperatures are always reached in the most efficient way. Zoning avoids over and under conditioning and guarantees, the homeowners comfort in the areas where they actually spend time. It will also save homeowners up to 30% on their monthly energy bill by running their HVAC unit more efficiently, while greatly improving their comfort. This leaves them a happy customer – all thanks to you for helping them automate their comfort in the smartest way possible. To learn more about our Arzel panels’ clever abilities and how you can help homeowners be more energy efficient and more comfortable with our smart zoning solutions, contact our technical support team to learn more about thermostats and their compatibility.

Control Indoor Allergens and Improve Indoor Air Quality

Fortunately, spring is just around the corner and the cold winter can be put behind us. With rising temperatures outside allergy season is about to begin, and the need for keeping your home or business cool and comfortable becomes a necessity. Soon trees, weeds, and spring flowers will start to release pollen which causes sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, and congested airways.  Opening the windows and getting crisp spring air into the house is not an option, but what if it could be? What if you could enjoy the fresh, cool air in your home and save money at the same time?

The Arzel CoolMizer can do just that. This economizer delivers free air conditioning by introducing fresh outdoor air into your home, of course only if climate conditions outside are favorable. In combination with a MERV 10 or better air filter, you can dodge those frustrating allergy symptoms too! How so? When conditions outside are favorable, and the inside requires cooling, the Arzel CoolMizer communicates to its dampers to open allowing fresh, cool air to be drawn into the return air duct. The Coolmizer can be used with any existing heating and/or cooling system while giving your AC unit a break. The air is then purified through the HVAC system’s air filtration system providing your indoors only with the freshest, clean, and pollen-free air, leaving you as comfortable as ever. With favorable spring temperatures around the corner, you could save money on your energy bill by letting your HVAC unit take it easy. Enjoy fresh, clean air inside your home without having to worry about your allergies ever again.

Learn more about the Arzel CoolMizer today!

Arzel Welcomes New Sales Rep Group

Evans, Maille & Associates, Inc., a leading manufacturers’ representative will represent Arzel Zoning in central America. Primarily focused on HVAC related equipment and materials for over 40 years, Evans, Maille & Associates takes pride in possessing the technological knowledge and experience to thrive in the zoning industry. Located in St. Louis and Kansas City, Evans, Maille & Associates, Inc. will serve the states of Missouri and Kansas. We look forward to work and grow with Evans, Maille & Associates and welcome them to the Arzel family!

Meet Anette, Arzel’s Newest Marketing Coordinator

Anette grew up in Germany and came to the U.S. as an exchange student in August of 2011. She attended Notre Dame College to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated in 2016 with a major in international marketing and minor in entrepreneurship. Her past work experience focused on social media marketing where she managed various social media and online advertising programs. Anette will concentrate on the maintenance and development of creative marketing programs while providing outstanding customer service. We look forward to applying her skillset and experience to help Arzel’s marketing team exceed your expectations. Please help us welcome Anette to the Arzel family!

Arzel Welcomes New Canadian Sales Rep

Arzel Zoning is pleased to announce that AIR FORCE 1 Sales & Marketing Ltd. is representing Arzel  Zoning throughout Ontario. AIR FORCE 1 has been well known in the HVAC, electrical, plumbing and industrial markets since 1999. This customer-focused sales agency has continued to grow based on its professionalism and technical know how. Arzel is located in Cleveland Ohio, and manufactures the industry’s most innovative and reliable zoning products for the residential and light commercial markets. This partnership enhances our customer service & technical support throughout the region. We are excited to welcome AIR FORCE 1 to the Arzel family. For immediate service please contact AIR FORCE 1 at 1-800-707-6297.

Meet Our New Rep Group, Keystone Sales & Associates!

Established in 1973, Keystone Sales & Associates (KSA) is the premier manufacturers’ representative for Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning products in the Mid-Atlantic region. Headquartered in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, the company is experiencing rapid growth and expansion by offering a large selection of related products from a single source. As a value-added supplier, KSA provides distributors and contractors with customer support and hands-on technical training. Please help us to welcome Keystone Sales & Associates to the Arzel family and look out for our new Reps at future events!