Common questions our customers ask
Q: How can I use basement air to cool my home?
Powerzoning allows you to take the cool, heavy air that falls down and uses it to cool your home. But it's not a matter of simply adding a vent in the cold air return. The duct must be sized appropriately for the furnace and the home's living space since each house is different, and other factors such as pressurization and finished basement space must be considered. But it is possible with PowerZoning.
Q: How much does Powerzoning cost?
Since each house is different, with different sizes, finished living space, and existing HVAC furncaces, we'll need to come out for a free estimate.
Q: Why aren't HVAC systems in newer homes already set up with Powerzoning?
Q: Why don't any heating and cooling professionals know about Powerzoning?
We sincerely believe they will be in the future. Powerzoning is a relatively new concept and builders are generally not aware of the concept and benefits of Powerzoning. Another reason is that historically, there has been little effort or consideration given to initially conditioning the basement and lower zones of your home.
Many heating and cooling professionals are not aware of the benefits of Powerzoning because they're not trained to understand how your home's indoor environment works. Most HVAC professionals are trained to install a properly sized (BTU) system and run ducts appropriately, and they do a very good job of this, but their understanding of how the system can get the best results for a homeowner can be limited. Similar to our answer above, we hope that as Powerzoning becomes increasingly popular, the industry will develop the expertise to address home comfort issues.
Q: Why not install dampers and booster fans in the ductwork?
Dampers and booster fans simply address symptoms of a problem rather than treating the underlying cause of an unbalanced system. Dampers can be difficult to work with as they are not always well marked. Sometimes, it can be hard to identify where each pipe leads, especially in a remodeled basement.
Q: Will my existing system be adequate for Powerzoning?
Powerzoning is an add-on to your current HVAC system. It does not replace your system. It has been perfected for every environment, yet meets the standards of all building codes.
Q: Will Powerzoning void my furnace manufacturer's warranty?
We have obtained permission from nearly all major furnace equipment manufactures stating that the Powerzoning upgrade will not void any warranties. These may be provided upon request.
Q: How long does the install take?
It varies, but most installations take between 3 - 6 hours.
Q: Is there any training on how the system works?
Yes, our installation technician will walk you through setting up the different rooms to achieve the maximum comfort level in your home.
Q: Do you have to make any modifications to the walls?
No, all modifications are made in the basement ductwork and the furnace itself.
Q: Will Powerzoning decrease my energy bills?
We firmly believe that the Powerzoning upgrade, along with other system balancing techniques we will show you after installation, may reduce your energy costs. The simple fact that the cool air from your basement is being pushed upstairs in summer will likely reduce your air conditioning needs and give you a more efficient system. However, because each home is unique, we can not make any blanket guarantees regarding energy efficiency.
Q: How much does a typical Powerzoning installation cost?
It varies due the unique circumstances of your HVAC equipment, but the Powerzoning upgrdade can range between $895 and $1395. When compared to installing a multi-zone system which typically costs between $4,000 - $5,000, Powerzoning offers an affordable solution that achieves the same results.
Q: Is Powerzoning something I can do myself?
The skills needed to professionally and safely modify your home's HVAC system are many. Additionally, many specialized hand and power tools are necessary, especially when working with your central air conditioner. But don't just take our word for it, ask Tim Carter.