Have you heard of air balancing? It’s a common service offered by heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) companies.
Air balancing won’t necessarily increase the heating or cooling power of your HVAC system. Nonetheless, it can maximize your HVAC system’s performance and efficiency.
What Is Air Balancing?
Air balancing is an HVAC service that’s designed to create a more consistent temperature throughout your home.
It focuses primarily on airflow. By optimizing the airflow, your HVAC system will deliver an appropriate amount of conditioned air to each room in your home.
In turn, your home will benefit from a more consistent temperature.
The Benefits of Air Balancing
Air balancing will protect your home from hot and cold spots.
When running the air conditioner or heater, you may notice that some rooms are cooler or warmer than others. Hot and cold spots like this are often attributed to airflow problems.
Fortunately, air balancing offers a solution. With an air balancing service, the airflow will be optimized to ensure a consistent temperature, thereby preventing noticeable differences in the temperature.
Your HVAC system may run more efficiently after an air balancing service.
If some rooms in your home are cooler or warmer than others, you may have to run the HVAC system for a longer period to achieve a comfortable temperature. Therefore, your HVAC system will consume more energy.
Air balancing promotes a higher level of efficiency by creating a consistent temperature throughout your home.
How Air Balancing Works
While there’s no universal process for it, air balancing typically begins with measuring airflow out the supply vents.
Also known as air registers, supply vents are the vents that expel conditioned air. Most rooms have at least one supply vent.
If there’s little or no air coming out of a supply vent, though, the room may suffer from an inconsistent temperature. Air balancing will measure the airflow out of these vents to protect against problems such as this.
In addition to the supply vents, air balancing often involves measuring airflow into the return vents. For your HVAC system to operate, it must receive air from the return vents.
Return vents essentially circulate air back into the HVAC system so that it can be reconditioned by the air conditioner or heater. During an air balancing service, an HVAC technician will measure the amount of air – or the pressure of the air – as it enters the return vents.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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