What is Air Flow Balancing...
Air Flow or Airflow Balancing is the process of measuring and adjusting the airflow and temperature evenly throughout the home/building. Air Balancing is the actual work performed to increase or decrease airflow into specific rooms to improve occupant comfort.
Residential and light commercial forced air duct systems were never engineered or balanced to properly distribute the air where it's needed in the home. This makes some rooms too hot or too cold.
In general, airflow balancing systematically moves air around to increase your comfort level, and to increase your HVAC (Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning) system's efficiency. Up to just 10 years ago, air balancing was performed only on large commercial buildings. Today you can get this precision adjustment of airflow in your home/building.
Just because your heating and cooling system is operating doesn't mean it's working at peak efficiency. Your central heating and cooling equipment operates like your cardiovascular system to move conditioned air. Your air-handler (the heart) pumps the air (like blood) through the duct work (or veins) sending the conditioned air (vital nutrients) to the house (body). Your HVAC equipment relies on many aspects working together efficiently to maximize your comfort with minimum energy cost.
The average forced air system operates 30% to 40% below its recommended airflow. As air passes through the equipment it carries the conditioned air inside. The effectiveness of the system is entirely dependent on the amount of airflow.
Airflow testing and balancing is the process of diagnosing and adjusting your heating and air conditioning system to deliver the recommended amount of air to each room in your home/building. The actual process includes a number of related tests that determine the performance of your heating and air conditioning system.
Replacing your furnace or air-conditioner is not the only way to increase comfort and lower your utility bills. Even with a new system, you will still have uneven airflow and temperature from room to room. If you are concerned about the efficiency or comfort provided by your heating and air conditioning equipment or if you are about to make a major purchase of a new heating and/or air-conditioner system then you should learn about what airflow balancing can do for your home/building. A properly balanced home or building will increase the efficiency of your current HVAC system!
The AirFlowBalance® process works in any home or building with forced air heating and cooling, regardless of age!