Damper Control installation in each room

Florian Woess
09/27/2021 in Know How

In Part 1, we covered the integration of an HVAC system to the Miniserver for smarter temperature control. The next step is now damper control, so temperatures and schedules can be set for each room.

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Let’s start Part 2 with zones. By default, many heating systems work with two zones controlled by two thermostats, one in the upper floor and another in the lower floor of the house.

Since heating and cooling are only distributed through the HVAC system, the only way to change the airflow is through the ventilation grills, which might not be very convenient nor smart at all.

Trying to reach the ventilation grill

In order to benefit from setting up temperatures and schedules per room, dampers must be installed in all the rooms. Features include:

    Heat the bathroom in the morning and in the evening, and lower the temperature during the day to save energy.

    Keep the living room cool when the house is empty during the week, and warm in the weekend (as long as the house is not empty).
    Keep the bedroom cool to improve sleep quality and save energy.
    Turn down the heating automatically when the house is empty, and turn it up again when the house is no longer empty.
    Have remote access to the heating system and be able to see temperatures and get notifications if there are any issues (such as temperature drops or HVAC water leaks).

    Installation of damper control in three steps

    An electronic damper simply controls the air flow (and therefore the temperature) by adjusting its position. The installation of damper control is very simple:

    Put the dampers into the duct, usually where the ductwork makes branches to the individual rooms.

    Run a wire from each damper to the Miniserver in the distribution to power them and send the control signals.

    Number three

    Read the temperature in every room thanks to the built-in temperature of the Touch used throughout the house. Other products that are equipped with temperature sensors like the Temperature & Humidity Sensor Air can also be used.

    Check out this video for further information on the installation of damper control:

    This is how the setup might look like in the attic of the house – as soon as the dampers for every room are installed and right after the main trunk line makes branches to the different rooms:

    Damper control in our attic

    Control of heating and cooling with dampers

    Loxone Config makes it easy to implement features such as:

    Heating and cooling schedules with damper control

    Set up individual heating and cooling schedules for each room

    Setting of temperatures with damper control

    Set and change your preferred temperatures

    Automatic heating with damper control

    Each room is automatically heated or cooled to the preferred temperature in time

    Energy saving with damper control

    Save energy when nobody is at home

    Get a notification thanks to damper control

    Notify the owner about sudden temperature drops automatically

    There is no need to change temperatures back and forth. Once damper control is set up, everything works fully automatically.

    Schedules for HVAC in each room with intelligent damper control

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