Thermostat Control for Dual Zone
I have a new house with a dual zone system. Both floors of the house have a Honeywell TH5110D thermostat and the zone system is controlled by a Honeywell HZ322. Overall, I have been happy with the cooling of the house (it is warm here in Arizona). However, it seems like the system doesn't work as efficiently as it could.
I have read that the Honeywell thermostats have a small deadband of approx. .5 degrees F. What happens is that one thermostat will call for cooling and after a few minutes it is satisfied. I can hear it click off which turns the compressor off. Then within a minute or two the other thermostat will call for cooling, the system waits the 5 minute compressor protection period and the cycle repeats. I can achieve better results if I set the upstairs thermostat 1-2 degrees higher than the downstairs. To a new home owner it just seems like there would be a better way for the system to work.
I am thinking about replacing each thermostat with a Totaline brand that has an adjustable deadband. My thoughts are that this would allow the A/C to run a little longer for one thermostat which should allow the other thermostat to call while the A/C is still running. Do you think this would help make the system more efficient?
Also, as a side question for a dual zone system. If the CPH is set to 3 for each thermostat does this mean that it really could cycle 6 times? 3 from each thermostat?
Thanks in advance for helping a first time homeowner out!
I have 3 zones on a single compressor and observe the same phenomena. It's almost like you wish the thermostats could somehow synchronize amongst themselves in some fashion to reduce the amount of compressor cycling.
I look forward to learning from the pros here if this is a situation that can be improved! I would think compressor lengevity would be lengthened if so.