What is an HVAC Zoning System? Create HVAC Zones Using Cielo’s Smart AC Controls
In a home, heating or cooling preferences of the family members always differ. Similarly, different rooms in a building have different temperature requirements. You might want it a bit cooler, your parents would want it a bit toasty. Your basement is always colder than you like, while the loft is just perfect. These are examples of heating and cooling challenges that a standard HVAC can’t always handle thus bringing the need for HVAC zoning systems.
If these are the challenges you face in your household, then you need HVAC zone control in your home. Lucky for you, Cielo provides you the flexibility of HVAC zone control for your ductless air conditioning systems. With Cielo smart controllers, you can achieve ultimate comfort, all from the convenience of your smartphone or desktop device.
What is an HVAC Zoning System?
A multi-zone HVAC system splits your home up into clusters. Each cluster has its own temperature set point and operating mode. This can be controlled with its own dedicated thermostat or in this case, smart AC controller. This gives you greater control over each specific part of your home, which increases comfort and reduces your energy bills.
Take for example a two-story house, with the living room, kitchen and hallway located on the ground floor, while 3 bedrooms, and a smaller living room is located upstairs. The upper portion of the house is only used during night time. It makes sense then to establish zones in such a situation.
Considering this scenario, the living room, kitchen and hallway can be turned into one zone; the upper portion can be a whole different zone in itself. The first zone is in continuous use throughout the day, hence a user can set its temperature to be as desired, while the other two zones can be turned off for the majority part of the day, since they are not in use. They will only be turned on in the evening, closer to bedtime.
In this manner, you utilize air conditioning only when you require, and not throughout the whole day. With Cielo smart controllers, HVAC zone control can be achieved with the click of a button. Moreover, conventional HVAC zoning system costs can often run high. Utilizing Cielo Smart Controllers, you can bring these costs down to a fraction of the original cost, but with the same features and benefits.
Advantages of HVAC Zoning System
- Energy savings associated with HVAC zoning
The primary advantage of a zoned system is the energy saving. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, HVAC zoning systems can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 30%. This is achieved by using your air conditioning according to your needs, and not keeping it running unnecessarily in areas where there is no need.
- Air conditioning zones result in greater comfort for occupants
An HVAC zoning system gives you unparalleled control over the operating modes and temperatures of your air conditioning. Everyone can choose a mode according to their comfort. With Cielo, this can be achieved with just a few taps on your smartphone app.
Cielo Breez HVAC Zoning System
Cielo products provide you with a complete zoning solution with smart capabilities. Zoning within the Cielo ecosystem can be accomplished in one of two ways, either from the Cielo Home mobile app itself, or through the Cielo World web app, which can be accessed from your desktop browser.
How to create ductless zones using Cielo mobile app?
With the Cielo app, adding zones to HVAC of your home or workspace is made convenient. Multiple devices across your home can be grouped together in a few easy steps as illustrated below:
Select the device you want to move to a zone by clicking on the wrench icon and follow the steps until step 3. After this step, a blank app screen appears, indicating that you currently do not have any zones set up.
Click on the “Add” icon on the top right of your screen and make a new zone. You can give it an icon appropriate to the location of the zone. It can be of your home, office, kitchen, living room, bedroom, or a larger building.
After adding the zone, your app screen will look something like this.
You can tap on the zone to view the settings of each individual AC. Advanced features such as Comfy mode, schedules, geolocation and much more can also be set from here for each AC by tapping on the wrench icon, as denoted in red. Furthermore, you can turn your HVAC zone on or off with a simple tap of a button, as shown in the black circle . You can also turn your individual units on or off separately, if required.
Cielo World Enterprise Web App for Desktops
Cielo World web app gives even greater functionality for your HVAC zoning system than the mobile app. Advanced features such as scheduling, zone temperature control, temperature range control, and zone mode control can all be conveniently accessed from the Cielo World dashboard.
At first glance, the dashboard would come across as following. Clicking on the “Let’s Dive In” button will take you to the control panel for zones and individual AC’s.
The following screen will show up:
HVAC zones are listed on the left window, with the associated active mode listed on the right side. HVAC zone controls such as temperatures for all the air conditioners within the zone, operating mode, and on/off setting can be changed with just one click.
Moreover, you can set schedules for the whole HVAC zoning system, with user specified operating modes.
By clicking on the arrow next to the zones (as shown in the red circle), individuals air conditioners within the zone will be listed. By clicking on any AC, you can view the individual AC settings and change the operating conditions. Temperature range control can also be set from the ‘eSaver’ section.
The Cielo World app provides a complete package for one click convenience and is especially useful for building owners who have more than a few dozen air conditioners which need to be controlled at any one time.