The YORK brand of Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, and the architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, unveiled a new complete home comfort system with state-of-the-art zoning technology, offering improved, high-efficiency comfort with simplified installation and setup. The Hx3 Communicating Zoning System gives consumers ultimate control of individual room temperatures in up to eight zones that they can manage anywhere with the new and improved Hx app. In addition, the new app gives contractors remote access and monitoring with homeowner permission.
“More than ever, today’s connected consumers expect a complete system that provides efficient performance, worry-free reliability and customizable functionality that fits their family’s lifestyle,” said Jason Wilson, product manager, Johnson Controls. “That’s exactly what the best-in-class technology of the Hx3 Communicating Zoning System delivers, making it the ideal solution for the new generation of smart homes.”
The entire system can be directly controlled by the homeowner on a mobile device using the completely re-engineered Hx app or via the Wi-Fi-enabled Hx3 Main Controller, which acts as the primary control point for the entire home. It features multiple, customizable schedules for up to eight zones and advanced settings such as humidity control, geo-fencing, away mode and vacation mode, which can be set for individual zones or the entire home. It partners with additional, secondary thermostats or sensors to enable control of the remaining zones, which can be customized based on the homeowner’s needs and budget.
The innovative, easy-to-use Hx app empowers consumers to take full control of their HVAC system, featuring a simplified set-up process and intuitive schedule control for enhanced efficiency. The app has a new, refreshed interface with a user-friendly design, allowing first-time users to seamlessly navigate based off in-depth customer research. It’s available on the Apple Store and Google Play and compatible with Apple Watch and Amazon Alexa voice control.
Unlike zoning equipment that require bypass and barometric dampers, the Hx3 Communicating Zoning System is compatible with any existing 3-wire, 24V power open/close damper. This reduces changes to existing ductwork, saving homeowners on material and costs, while saving contractors on installation time. In addition, the system features intuitive, easy-to-read error messages and one-touch testing of airflow and damper settings without additional sensors and probes. Installation is further simplified for contractors with an easy setup and maintenance interface on the Hx app, along with remote access and monitoring with homeowner permission.
The Communicating Zoning System is compatible with YORK Affinity premium variable capacity or two-stage indoor and outdoor communicating equipment with QuietDrive technology and a full range of indoor air quality products. These high-efficiency HVAC systems maximize energy savings while offering superior performance.