After nearly two years of research and development, Nordyne has launched the iQ Zone™, the first zoning system to work seamlessly with the company’s 24.5 SEER iQ Drive® air conditioners and 22 SEER iQ Drive® heat pumps.
To develop iQ Zone, NORDYNE partnered with Airzone, a leading manufacturer of innovative zoning systems. Airzone incorporated their ultra-communicating technology with the patent-pending iQ Drive controller for simple installation and operation.
iQ Zone will control up to 8 zones and 32 dampers in the home.
Traditional zoning systems interpret on/off status from up to eight wired thermostats and send power through two wires to each individual damper. According to Nordyne, iQ Zone works differently, in that it's a network of microcontroller-based devices that communicate with each other, similar to a computer network. NOrdyne sources say this provides unsurpassed data processing and home comfort.
“We’re really pleased with how iQ Zone is performing in the field,” says Rob Hawk, iQ Zone brand manager. “The daisy chain wiring makes installation extremely easy, and a single control board reduces components that contractors need."
According to Hawk, iQ Zone uses a sophisticated error management system that pinpoints where the error is in the entire installation, which greatly reduces the time needed during a service call.
12% Efficiency Gain
In addition to the comfort created by having individualized zones in the home, iQ Zone has another outstanding consumer benefit – extra efficiency. At up to 24.5 SEER, iQ Drive systems are already the most efficient split systems available. Adding iQ Zone to the system increases efficiency up to another 12%, sources report.