Why You Need An Arzel Zoning System
If your car cooled as badly as your upstairs you’d sell it in a heartbeat.
(So why put up with it at home?)
Think about it. Why have a large home if you’re only comfortable in part of it? Even though your home is your castle… it doesn’t mean it has to be drafty—or heat and cool like one! If you’re like most people, you tend to spend the majority of your time in the areas of your home where you are more comfortable. Wouldn’t you get more pleasure, fulfillment and enjoyment out of your home if you could totally control your level of comfort in every part of it? Of course you would!
First off, let me explain to you why most homes (and possibly even yours) ended up with comfort problems. Then I’ll tell you how you can correct them forever.
Understanding the problem
The reason that homeowners have to “put up” with poor temperature control in places like upstairs bedrooms, additions, and basements, is because we assume that we can’t expect anything better. Well, I want to tell you, it isn’t supposed to be that way. If you are uncomfortable in certain areas of your home, the people to blame are the builder who built the house, and the heating contractor who designed the system. These are the guys who decided for you, that your comfort was not important enough to spend the extra money needed to guarantee it in your home. You see, when a home is built, the dynamics of home construction are totally stacked against the future owner’s comfort.
You have to realize that when a builder builds a home, he typically knows the price it will sell for when it’s done. Therefore, anywhere he can cut costs or corners is pure profit for him. Most builders know that when you move into a home, you’re more concerned about the trim and colors of a room, than whether you will be comfortable enough to spend any time there to enjoy them. So, when it comes to cutting corners, putting in a heating & cooling system with consideration for the homeowner’s future comfort is the first thing to go. Had the builder invested just a little bit more during construction, you wouldn’t have any hot or cold areas in your home. You would be able to control the temperature in every area of your home through a process that has been around for years called forced air zoning.
What a zoning system does for you
Forced air zoning is a system that uses multiple thermostats, and automatic dampers in your home’s ductwork, to intelligently control the air flow to every register in the house. Like a traffic cop, it directs the heated or cooled air only to the areas that require it. Since one thermostat is not “smart” enough to adequately sense your comfort needs everywhere throughout your house, a zoning system puts a thermostat in all the different areas of your home to guide the air exactly where it needs to be, and stop it from going where it is no longer needed.
A zoned system is far superior to having one (or even two) furnaces and air conditioners. It is not only more energy efficient, it also gives you the ability to have as many controlled areas as your home requires to guarantee absolute comfort. Wouldn’t it be wonderful on a hot muggy night to just set a thermostat in your bedroom to 73 degrees and get a sound sleep—instead of moving to the downstairs couch to cool off!
Unfortunately, until now, to install this type of system in an existing home was quite expensive. It required extensive renovating of the existing ductwork, and a lot of extra labor to do it after the home was built. What might have cost a few thousand dollars to do at the time of construction, became three times more expensive to do after the fact! Because of the ductwork changes needed, the cost and mess involved in installing this type of system in an existing home, tended to make the job too costly. But that was before we discovered what an Arzel Zoning System can do.
The “evolution” & “revolution” of residential zone control!
As a heating and cooling contractor I have used residential dampering systems before in attempts to solve our customers comfort needs. However, I knew there had to be a better way to do it. You see, since all the zone systems I had encountered had been designed mainly to be used for new construction, they were a “royal pain” when you had to use them on existing homes. As I mentioned above, you had to rip out nearly all the duct work and start over in order to separate the registers going to the different areas of the home. Talk about a mess!
Then, a few years ago, when one of my best customers found themselves stuck with a home where I know the builder must have saved a ton of money when it came to deciding on their heating system. They absolutely hated the comfort level of their house. Their upstairs was 10 degrees warmer than the main floor in the summer, and during the winter they had to pack a blanket ” if they wanted to spend any time in their family room or lower level! Even if they had had the ambition to let me rip out their ductwork and start over to install forced air zoning, the layout of their home gave me no room for the extra ducts it would require. There I was, stuck with no good answers for them. I had to do something.
My answer came when I discovered the “Arzel” zoning system. It was the perfect solution. What makes the system different, is that it could be installed in almost anyone’s existing ductwork, with no mess, in about 1 to 2 days, and at a fraction of the cost that I had to charge before when trying to use the other systems! It was, and still is, a completely revolutionary product compared to what the rest of the market offered. As an added bonus, its unique design made it more dependable and maintenance free than any other system I had previously used.
Since then, I have installed the Arzel system for many of my customers as well. I’ve been absolutely astounded by the difference it made for my family. Every area of my home, from the basement to my bedrooms, is exactly the temperature I want it to be! It is the only automatic dampering system that is specially designed for existing homes. Every one of my Arzel customers are absolutely “tickled pink” at how well it works. In fact, it has been one of the fastest growing segments of my business! Don’t you think that it’s time that you considered something like this for your home and family?
Let us show you what we can do for you without any obligation
When you invite us to visit and sit down with you to go over your home’s comfort problems, there’s absolutely no obligation. We will show you exactly how we can solve your problems, and in most cases, write up a firm quote on what investment is required to solve them. Give our company a call now at (833) 683-2665 and we’ll set an appointment to show you what we can do for your home.
Time Delay Relay
Let your air conditioner do “highway miles … instead of city miles”
By stopping your unit from going on and off (short-cycling) so much, a time delay relay keeps it from wearing out prematurely. A time delay relay is also the perfect accessory for families that have children who like to play with the thermostat. No matter how often you change the setting on the heat/cool switch or the fan on/auto switch, you can’t burn out your compressor. This is because the time delay relay won’t turn your system on for 3-5 minutes after the last thermostat adjustment has been made.
Additional Return Air Runs
Solve many system airflow problems
Lack of return air is a very common problem for those systems that were either poorly designed or originally planned for heat only applications. Adding additional returns to your system allows for greater supply air into your home, resulting in better airflow and comfort for your family. The benefits you will receive by taking care of this problem include: quieter operation, better airflow, fewer repairs, longer life of your equipment, lower utility bills and, best of all, greater comfort.
Take a load off your air conditioner
Have you ever been in your attic in the middle of the summer? It’s HOT! That’s why you need an attic ventilator. Assisting your air conditioner in cooling your home and in lowering your utility bills, an attic ventilator exhausts the hot air from your attic and brings in cooler air from the outside. This circulation of air greatly reduces the heat load on your home allowing your air conditioner to work more efficiently and to cool your home faster. Adding an attic ventilator to your home will save you money and make you more comfortable.
The Golden Rules of Designing a Zoned System
Here are six common sense rules we teach our people that will make designing systems a breeze. When you design a zoned system you should follow these guidelines as much as possible when grouping rooms together to form a zone:
- Never combine different floors on the same zone. The fact that hot air rises, and cold air falls will sink you before you even begin. As everyone knows, there’s nothing worse than a customer with a hot head or cold feet!
- Never zone rooms of different construction types in the same zone. For an example, a new addition should always have it’s own thermostat since it typically has better insulation than the rest of the home, and it will react differently than older sections of the home.
- Never zone rooms that have perimeter wall areas with rooms that are entirely internal to the structure since they are not affected by the outside temperature changes. All internal rooms should be grouped together whenever possible.
- All thermostats should be located in the room used the most in any area. Just like with non-zoned systems thermostats should never be installed in hallways, unless the customer plans on doing most of his living there.
- Never put rooms with conflicting solar or mechanically generated heat loads on the same zone. For example don’t put a east facing room that receives a heavy morning sun load onto the same zone as a western facing room.
- Always try to have a minimum of two registers for any one zone. This keeps the air flow more stable, and guarantees airflow when the customers dog decides to nap on top of one.
You may not be able to follow every rule, but if you at least take them into consideration when you design a system you’ll avoid a lot of trouble.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
What they can and cannot do
- CAN – sense unacceptable levels of CO in the air
- CAN – provide early warning, before a healthy adult might show symptoms
- CAN – act as round-the-clock monitor of CO
- CAN – only sense CO that reaches it – Where you hang a detector is important
- CAN – breakdown like any other electronic device
- CANNOT – work without electrical power (batteries, AC)
- CANNOT – sense smoke, natural gas, propane, etc. (It is not a smoke detector!)
Where to put (or not put) your detector
- PUT – near a bedroom, or other room where people spend most of their time; where its alarm can be heard.
- READ the instructions that come with your Detector.
- DO NOT PUT – in garage, furnace room, near cooking stove, etc.
- DO NOT PUT – in dead air space, corner of room, near floor, in peak of vaulted ceiling.
- DO NOT PUT – near open windows or doors.
- DO NOT PUT – in excessively hot or cold areas, or excessively damp or dry areas.
- DO NOT PUT – a cloth or plastic cover over the detector.
Overheated Clothes Dryers Can Cause Fires
Consumer Product Safety Alert
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths, and 310 injuries associated with clothes dryers. Some of these fires may occur when lint builds up in the filter or in the exhaust duct. Under certain conditions, when lint blocks the flow of air, excessive heat build-up may cause a fire in some dryers. To prevent fires:
- Clean the lint filter regularly and make sure the dryer is operating properly. Clean the filter after each load of clothes. While the dryer is operating, check the outside exhaust to make sure exhaust air is escaping normally, If it is not, look inside both ends of the duct and remove any lint. If there are signs that the dryer is hotter than normal, this may be a sign that the dryer’s temperature control thermostat needs servicing.
- Check the exhaust duct more often if you have a plastic, flexible duct. This type of duct is more apt to trap lint than ducting without ridges.
- Closely follow manufacturers’ instructions for new installations. Most manufacturers that get their clothes dryers approved by Underwriters Laboratories specify the use of metal exhaust duct. If metal duct is not available at the retailer where the dryer was purchased, check other locations, such as hardware or builder supply stores. If you are having the dryer installed, insist upon metal duct unless the installer has verified that the manufacturer permits the use of plastic duct.