Ducted Air Conditioning Zones and Control Options
Standard ducted air conditioning systems are sold with the manufacturers brand wall controller which is normally installed next to a zone switch. Zones are areas that you choose that can be turned on or off. It looks something like the below image. The Daikin wall controller is shown.
The ducted air conditioning zone upgrade from the standard switch is an LCD touchpad that is used to control the zones. This can allow zones to be grouped together and also allows adjustment of air flow to each zone. The main air conditioning controller is still used for on/off, temperature, modes and fan adjustments.
Air Touch 3
The next ducted air conditioning zone upgrade is the Air Touch 3. It uses the one controller that can control the operation of the air conditioning unit and its zones. This also has wi-fi capabilities so the whole system can be controlled with your phone or tablet. It has an option for temperature control – this allows each room to have its own set temperature. Very useful for multi story or houses where there are different heat loads depending on the sun and time of the day.
MyAir Series 5 System
The next ducted air conditioning zone upgrade is the MyAir series 5 system. This is the same as the above option however has a bigger screen.The MyAir Series 5 touchscreen control looks like an iPad Mini and it’s just as intuitive to use. We’ve designed the entire system to be technophobe friendly. In large, easy to read letters, the home screen displays all your options. Simply tap on what you want to do and follow the prompts. For example, when you tap on Zones every room in the house will be displayed. You can then adjust the airflow to any room by tapping the + or – button next to it. Rooms with optional Independent Temperature Control sensors will display temperature while others display airflow %. We’ve even included a Help button at the top
of the screen, just in case you need it. The 8-inch colour touchscreen not only controls the air-conditioning system and air-conditioner, but can be loaded up with some of your home management systems including lighting and security.
The MyAir system has the following features:
8 INCH TOUCH SCREEN CONTROL – The control panel looks like an iPad Mini and is just as intuitive to use. The home screen is easy to read and displays all your system options. Simply tap the option you want and follow the prompts. We’ve even included a Help button at the top of the screen, just in case you need it.
As the control panel is fully integrated with most brands of air-conditioning units including Daikin, Fujitsu, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba and LG, you only have one controller mounted on the wall.
THE TOUCH SCREEN CAN BECOME A HOME HUB – The touch screen can be loaded with your favourite Android internet browser and home apps like your lighting, security, pool cleaner and reticulation. Or load your favourite music streaming service, family calendar, recipe apps and supermarket shop. With the MyAir touchscreen you can manage every aspect of your air-conditioning and your home. And unlike your phone or iPad, the control panel is wired in so it never needs recharging and it never goes walkabout!
MY APP FOR ADDITIONAL CONTROL – If getting off the couch to adjust the air-con seems like too much effort, don’t. MyAir comes with its own app that effectively turns every smartphone or tablet in your house into a wireless remote control. It works through your home data network on both Apple and Android devices.
EVERY ROOM CAN BE ZONED INDIVIDUALLY – You don’t have to be maths whizz to figure out if the average home has 10 rooms, and an air-conditioning system has only 4 or 5 zones, you end up with multiple rooms in each zone. If four people are home, and everyone is using a different zone, you have to run the air-con in the whole house, even though only a few rooms are being used. That adds up to wasted energy.
MyAir Series 5 looks out for your comfort, and your electricity bill, by dividing your home up to10 zones – one for every room. It allows you to heat or cool only the rooms you are using. More zones equal more control over energy usage.
CONTROL HOW MUCH AIR GOES WHERE – You can control which rooms receive air, and how much. Using the touch screen or MyAir app, you can adjust the airflow to any room from 5 to 100% output, in precise 5% increments. As everyone can customise the airflow to their room, there are no “Turn it up, turn it down” arguments. That’s got to make you feel more comfortable!
INDEPENDENT TEMPERATURE CONTROL (ITC) – There can be huge temperature discrepancies between rooms, depending on their orientation to the sun and whether they are upstairs or downstairs. With MyAir Series , you can manually send more air to hotter rooms. However if you’d prefer everything to be adjusted automatically, you have the option of upgrading to Independent Temperature Control (ITC). Each ITC sensor is like a thermostat, giving you individual room temperature control. They instruct the system to continually adjust the airflow to maintain your selected temperature.
We particularly recommend installing ITC in the hotter west facing or upstairs rooms to ensure they stay the temperature you want as they day heats up. As ITC sensors ensure your won’t be over air-conditioning rooms, they have the added bonus of saving energy.
Sensors can be installed in as many or few rooms as you like.
MOTION SENSORS SAVE WASTED ENERGY – People aren’t sedentary animals. During the day, you’ll use a few rooms and want the air-conditioning on in all of them. To help you save energy without even trying, MyAir Series 4 now has motion sensors in every room. After a room is empty for 10 minutes, they signal the system to adjust the temperature by 1 degree. If the room is still empty after 20 minutes, the temperature adjusts by 2 degrees and energy usage drops by a hefty 20%. Walk back in, and the system automatically returns to your set temperature.
MORE CHOICE WITH MYZONE – All ducted air conditioning units either sense the temperature at the return air or the wall controller. With MyAir every room with an Independant Temperature Sensor can be selected as the thermostat for the entire system. MyZone gives you more choice and control over how you run your air-conditioning.
For optimum comfort in summer, select the hottest room in your home as MyZone. This ensures every room with ITC will achieve the temperature you have set. For energy saving, select the coolest room as MyZone so the temperature set point will be achieved sooner, reducing energy consumption.