Garage attached to home I assume.
Room over garage.
Is house 2 story also?
How are you accessing the room? From the house or through the garage?
If only access to that room is through the garage- you probably won't be able to use the existing system.
I vote mini split, especially for a media room. If you are watching movies- they are very quiet.
Thank you for your input.
Originally Posted by tinknocker service tech
The zoning system would use Honeywell control boards. (Another T 8000 thermostat, and a HZ 432 zone control board). There is a Honeywell board of some sort on the furnace for what I assume is controlling the variable speed motor)
I appreciate your feedback about possible noise, since it is a media room I would like to keep it quiet.
The room is accessed through the house and it is open to the downstairs. (No door for access to the bonus room. I may add a door later).
It is over the garage and has a single window that I have covered up with the projection screen.
At this point after listening to all the feedback and hearing about the many potential problems with the zone system I am strongly leaning towards the Mini-Split.
I know this thread has been dead for over a year, but I thought I would post a follow-up just in case the same question comes up again.
I ended up going with a mini-split system for my bonus room. Originally I asked the contractor for a Goodman branded unit to match my main Goodman system. I figured the same company could service everything then and it was a bit cheaper. They had to special order the unit and when they pulled it off the truck I saw that it was a 9K BTU cooling only unit rather then a 12K BTU heat pump that I had asked for.
I think the contractor felt bad for me, or he was just trying to get me off his back (LOL) because he offered to install for me a Mitsubishi inverter driven unit that he had at his warehouse for the same price as the Goodman. So I couldn't pass that up.
Anyway the point of the story is that it works AWESOME!!!
It is very quiet (quieter then my projector fan) and the 12K unit has no problems cooling my ~450 sqft space even with the projector and PCs running with several people in the room.
So Mini-split systems are great and it is so much better then trying to zone my main system. There is a good chunk of the year where I need cooling in the bonus room and heat in the downstairs. It is great to have a dedicated system for each area. The system is so efficient that I haven't noticed a appreciable impact on my utility bills.
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thanks for thinking of us as it is nice to hear back how the final solution worked out glad you happy