With our zone system ratings, you can cut through all the sales hype and find value. It truly is as if you were taking a repairman (Hvacrepairguy) with you while you shop! We have searched the manufacturers' literature and compared the brands using our years of HVAC industry service experience. We have given you our top pick followed by a complete list of manufacturers and their ratings.
These reviews are for systems that work with a traditional forced air heating and/or cooling system.
Our top pick is the ECOVENT system. They offer wireless systems that are easy to install and can be controlled through your smartphone. Although they are really simple to install, they are only available through their "authorized installers" which does not make any sense for a high tech company. ecoventsystems.com
We continue our zone system ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products.
This brand offers traditional wired systems as well as systems that can be controlled by a wireless thermostat. The GLADIOLA plastic damper system with the ALFASMART control is a modulating damper that opens or closes to varying degrees based on the difference between room temperature and the desired temperature. This is state of the art technology but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands.
The ACCULINK systems are traditional wired systems which take more time to install but they have state of the art modulating dampers. The zones are controlled by their PLATINUM ZV control which combines a state of the art thermostat with the ability to be a part of the overall smart home system. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and is only sold through dealers.
These traditional zone systems are sold through dealers and have a lifetime warranty. The MPS systems are basic zone systems for single stage heating and cooling while the HeatPumPro systems are for traditional heat pumps and the GTPro are specifically designed for geothermal systems. Their EzySlide dampers make for an easy retrofit but the systems are only available and installed by HVAC professionals.
These zone systems are available in 2, 3 or 4 zone models. They are traditional systems that are only installed by approved contractors. The 4 zone model (140404) is expandable and can serve up to 32 zones but the warranty on the systems is not as good as other brands.
These systems use old basic technology but are only sold through dealers. The warranty on the systems is not very good when compared to other brands.
They offer wireless systems that are easy to install and work with the NEST thermostat. They are available for preorders now but do not come in all of the common register sizes. The brand uses state of the art technology and makes it easy for anyone to install but the fact that the dampers use AA batteries could be a hassle to keep up with replacing them.
The TRUEZONE systems are available in traditional wired systems as well as their redlink wireless. They use standard technology but are only sold through authorized dealers and the guarantee is not that good.
This brand is from NORTEK GLOBAL HVAC LLC and is used with all of the brands of heating and cooling systems that NORDYNE manufactures. They use traditional wired technology and their website is not much help.
The HARMONY systems use traditional technology while the iHARMONY systems use WiFi thermostats. The LZP-4 zone systems are a more basic and inexpensive system but they are still only sold and installed through their authorized dealers. The guarantee on these systems is not very good when compared to other brands.
This brand is from ADVECTOR SYSTEMS LLC and features wireless systems that can be bought directly and installed by the average homeowner. They are not "smart" systems and are for systems with ceiling registers only.
These systems use basic technology but are compatible with basically any forced air system. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy.
This brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND and offers traditional wired systems. The COMFORTLINK II systems use state of the art modulating dampers and are backed by a good guarantee but they are only installed by authorized dealers.
These systems use basic technology and are only sold through authorized contractors. Their warranty is not as good as other brands.
This brand is from TROLEX CORPORATION. They offer traditional systems with a variety of options for either new construction or retrofit applications. The dampers are available with either traditional or modulating motors and all of the components can be ordered directly through their website.
These systems use basic technology and their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands.