My contractos are all over the place when I ask them about multi zoning duct work in an old house that is getting its first forced air system. Here is what they had to say. Who do I listen to?
Carrier/Payne #1 Says
"I don't like multi zoneing, cost a lot more and doesn't do much, more equipment to break down. What are you going to do in 10 years when your damper goes to hell and nobody makes a part?
Carrier/Payne #2 Says
" Why not if we are doing new duct work,its real nice. Even if you don't want to spend much money on it or are worried about mechanical break down, we could do multi zone just do manual dampers for now."
" I wouldn't do it unless you were doing a 5000 sqft house with 1 or 2 people living there."
American Standard Say
" Why wouldn't you, it just makes sence? why heat and cool areas that you are not going to be in for half the day? Anyone that tells you different doesn't know what they are talking about or has had a bad experience because they are a bad installer or a bad system designer.
I defininitly feel like the American standard guy is the most knowledgeable of ther group, however he comes with more expensive equipment than I had budgeted for.
Is there validity to Carrier?Payne #2 opinion? I like that Idea best as we are doing a major renovation without financing and spending extra money on dampers now would cut into other things. I really want to do this cheap but don't want to cut corners on duct work because once it is closed up, it isn't changing while I own the house. The multi zone with manual dampes would be nice to save expense as long as i can get electronic installed later down the road.