I wanted to email this to Rich himself but could not find an email for the cast. So Ill put it out here.
I have been watching TOH for years and will have to say I am throughly disappointed with the last episode. I have seen it before, however, did not reply to it at the time. Well, here I am now. I am referring to the air bag zoning system. As an HVAC Mechanic myself, this must be one of the most ridiculous solutions for uneven temperatures in a home that I have ever heard of. It does not take an experienced eye to see the large restriction in the duct, when the bag is "deflated." Now we have created a new issue to add to the customers problems, by not allowing the proper CFM to compensate for the heat load. Not to mention in my experience most duct systems are not properly sized as it is. So in no way is this the proper solution for the customers best interest. Also for that price of the zoning system installed, they could purchase a correctly sized, energy efficient system to serve that second floor. This will potentially be saving the customer money on energy, as they will not be over cooling another conditioned space to compensate for the temperature variation in the home. We are a country moving towards energy conservation and on a warm summer day their unit will run much longer ( I would be willing to bet) to cool the space with their new $8,000.00 duct restriction.
I apologize for the rant. I had to get it off my chest.