December 1, 2010
Nordyne has launched its iQ Zone, the first zoning system to work with the company’s 24.5 SEER iQ Drive air conditioners and 22 SEER iQ Drive heat pumps. To develop the iQ Zone, Nordyne partnered with Airzone, a manufacturer of zoning systems. Airzone incorporated its ultra-communicating technology with the patent-pending iQ Drive controller for simple installation and operation. The iQ Zone will control up to eight zones and 32 dampers in the home. Traditional zoning systems interpret on-off status from up to eight wired thermostats and send power through two wires to each individual damper. The company said its iQ Zone works differently in that it is a network of microcontroller-based devices that communicate with each other, similar to a computer network. Nordyne also reports that the iQ Zone offers extra efficiency. At up to 24.5 SEER, when the iQ Drive system is paired with the iQ Zone, efficiency increases up to another 12 percent.
Nordyne, 8000 Phoenix Parkway, O’Fallon, MO 63368; (888) 667-4822; www.iqdrive.net www.iqdrive.net.