Can I Maintain Different Climates in My Home?

April 9, 2020 1:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Depending on your personal preferences, you might want to keep certain rooms in your home at different temperatures or levels of humidity than other rooms. You might also know certain rooms need a little more heating or cooling energy than others, just based on the way hot and cold air gets distributed around your home.

The good news is that you do have the ability to take some home climate control measures in Oregon City, OR. The idea is that you can create either a consistent temperature in parts of the house regardless of the external conditions, or set up different temperatures in different parts of the house based on your preferences and the preferences of your family. Depending on the kind of system you have, you may also be able to control humidity levels across different parts of your home.

If you’re going to properly set up temperature zoning systems, there are several factors you’ll need to take into consideration:

  • Airflow: If you’re going to get the zoning setup you want in your home, any airflow created by the unit must be directed to the different zones in your home at different times. To do this, you’ll need to install dampers, which partially open and close to control airflow (as measured in cubic feet per minute).
  • Temperature drop: Temperature drop along the indoor coil will depend primarily on the compressor’s capacity and the current airflow in the home. The higher the airflow, the more heat the air will carry away from the coil.
  • Static pressure: Static pressure is the type of pressure created in ductwork due to natural resistance to airflow. The more dampers you have closed, the higher the static pressure in your home. The static pressure is always measured in water gauge (IWG) or water column (IWC).

With each one of these considerations, there are different effects on your ductwork. With airflow, for example, if you have just one zone calling, the airflow that’s being produced by the air handler will only be delivered to that one zone, which means the ductwork must be capable of sustaining the proper airflow and static pressure there. The higher the airflow, the higher the noise from the wind, so depending on the kind of ductwork you have, you may or may not experience some pretty noisy operation in this kind of setup.

With static pressure, you need to consider that if the static pressure exceeds a certain limit, there’s a possibility you will overload the fan or severely damage the ductwork, which is why it’s so important to track the pressure. There are methods available to easily monitor your static pressure.

Finally, for temperature drop, you should know that higher temperature drop allows you to remove more moisture from the air, to a certain extent. If the temperature drop becomes too high, there is a corresponding higher risk of flooding and damaging the compressor, so you must carefully monitor temperature drop.

For more information about setting up home temperature control in Oregon City, OR, we encourage you to contact the team at L & J Heating & Cooling today.

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