For good reasons, Zoned HVAC system is becoming popular every day. Due to the growing popularity, the use of Zoned HVAC system is getting crazier every day and people are asking more and more about zoning. So, today I want to talk about zoning in general and explain what components you need to zone your existing HVAC system. Also, I’m gonna try to sum the total cost of zoning your heating and cooling system.
Components needed to Zone your existing HVAC system
These are the components you need to zone your existing HVAC system –
1. Device to monitor & control
There are a few different ways to control and monitor zone temperatures.
Thermostats – The least complex strategy is to use a thermostat that can do both monitoring and controlling. Sensors and a multizone thermostat in each individual zone can do both monitor and control. Sensors monitor the temperature and the thermostat control heating and air conditioning.
The biggest advantage of having Multizone thermostat is the flexibility of controlling from any zone without having to go there. Of course, with a WiFi enabled Smart Multizone thermostat, you can control your home temperature from anywhere you want.
2. Damper Control Panel
The function of this control panel is to receive the information and then creating airflow to meet the requirement of heating and cooling inside the controlled environment.
3. Wired and Wireless connection
Usually, the dampers are connected to the control panel with wires. For the sensors and thermostats, the connections are generally established wirelessly.
Costs of HVAC Zoning System
Before I breakdown the zoned HVAC system cost, let me clear one thing.
When you are building a new house and installing Zoned HVAC system, the total HVAC cost from air conditioning units and/or heating system purchase, AC installation to Duct installation, etc. would be much less than retrofitting your heating and cooling system later.
That being said, let’s get into the initial cost breakdown –
1. Multizone thermostats: Based on features and facilities, these thermostats might cost anything from $120 to $650. The flexible features are the design, a touchscreen, a full-color LCD screen, or the WiFi capability.
2. Zone sensors: These zone sensors will cost you anything from $30 to $50.
3. Zone control panel: Depending on the capabilities it will cost you anything from $110to $180.
4. Power dampers: For dampers for the round branch ducts, you would have to spend $80 to $180 and $145 to $330 for larger, rectangular dampers suitable for large trunks.
5. Mastic, fasteners and tape to seal the ducts: $40 to $150 for the entire HVAC installation job. The amount will vary based on how many zones you have or want.
6. Wiring: General wiring cost is around $50 to $150 for each system depending on your required number of zones.
7. Safety gears & additional tools: Depending on the quality of tools and the safety gears, it will cost you anything from $50 to $200.
In summary, the total for all equipment is about $450+ to $750+ for a 2-zone HVAC system and for each additional zone, it will increase by $150 to $300, roughly.
To put the entire cost into perspective, you should know the costs of installing zoned HVAC system as you are constructing the house side by side of how much it will cost you extra when you are doing it to your existing HVAC system.
- For an HVAC system with two zones, you will pay anywhere from $1,500 to $1,900 when your house is under construction. But for establishing the zoned HVAC setup in your house, you will have to pay an additional $500 to $600. That means, $2,000 to $2,500.
- For an HVAC system with three zones, you will pay anywhere from $1,900 to $2,100 when your house is under construction. But for establishing the zoned HVAC setup in your house, you will have to pay an additional $300 to $800. That means, $2,200 to $2,900.
- For an HVAC system with four zones, you will pay anywhere from $2,000 to $2,500 when your house is under construction. But for establishing the zoned HVAC setup in your house, you will have to pay an additional $600 to $900. That means, $2,600 to $3,400.
For each additional zone, you will need to pay $250 to $400 when you are building your house. And when you are tweaking your existing house, the additional amount will be $300 to $550. Besides, the AC repair costs will also pile up if you tweak your existing HVAC system. So, it is better to establish zoned HVAC system when you are building your house.
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