Air Flow Balancing
What Is Air Flow Balancing?
Air flow balancing is the process that nearly all HVAC professionals use as a means of balancing the flow of air in your home or building. Air flow balancing helps maintain your ideal temperature for every room in your household, further increasing your comfortability as well as improving the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Air flow balancing is necessary because residential air duct systems are not inherently designed to circulate air into the rooms that need it most. A lack of air flow balancing results in rooms that are either too cold or too hot when compared to other rooms in your house.
This process is relatively new to the world of residential HVAC. In the past, air flow balancing was only used on commercial buildings. However, the process began to rise in popularity for residential homes nearly 10 years ago. If you have not upgraded your HVAC system recently, your home may still require air flow balancing.
How Does Air Flow Balancing Work?
Air flow balancing essentially works through trial and error. Initially, an HVAC professional will examine the current state of air flow in all rooms of your home. Following the analysis, the professional will adjust your HVAC system to alter the air flow. Tests will be completed after the alterations to verify that the air flow has improved. The HVAC professional may continue testing and adjusting your HVAC system until the ideal levels of air flow are achieved.
What Are The Benefits Of Air Flow Balancing?
Air flow balancing will provide the following benefits to your home:
Improved HVAC Efficiency
With balanced air flow, your HVAC system will no longer have to work as hard to maintain ideal temperatures in rooms. It is also likely that your HVAC professional will improve the state of your air ducts by closing up leaks. The removal of leaks will improve the strength of the air flow, which will, in turn, improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Without an air flow balanced HVAC system, not all rooms will have the ability to reach your ideal temperature. By balancing the air flow of your system, the variance in room temperatures will be removed.
Extended Life Of Your HVAC System
By removing air leaks and improving your air ducts, your HVAC system is less likely to accumulate dust, mold, and other impurities that can cause damage. An improved air flow also reduces the workload of your system which can help extend its life.