Before you jump to the conclusion that the ever-present cold spot in your living room is a sign of paranormal activity, you might want to try air balancing. What is air balancing, you may ask? It is the process of testing and adjusting your system to ensure that all parts of the home are heated and cooled evenly. If you know about as much about air balancing as you do about ghost hunting, read on to fix at least one of those knowledge deficits.
Benefits of Air Balancing
To understand more about air balancing, let’s discuss the benefits.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Air balancing helps improve air circulation and prevents conditioned air from escaping into areas that do not need it. This reduces waste, which in turn decreases your energy bills and the amount of stress on your HVAC system. When your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard, the lifespan of the HVAC equipment significantly improves, saving you money in the long run by avoiding costly maintenance.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Poor circulation of the air in your home leads to more contaminants lingering in the air. The less the air moves, the harder it is to comprehensively filter. This can create issues for individuals with allergies and other respiratory issues. Balancing your HVAC system will contribute to a healthier environment inside your home. It will also equalize the pressure, decreasing the chances that any one room will feel stuffy. Another way air balancing can improve the well-being of your family is by preventing dirt, dust, and mold from clogging your vents and HVAC system. Eliminating these contaminants is especially important for respiratory health.
Improved Comfort in Your Home
Standardizing temperatures throughout your home will improve overall comfort. It is inconvenient to feel like you need two blankets in one room and shorts in another. Additionally, for commercial buildings, increased comfort leads to better productivity and happier clientele. Finally, air balancing can help control the humidity in your home or building, another important aspect of a comfortable environment.
Qualified Technicians Can Help You Balance Your Air
Our expert technicians will do the following:
- Test the air quality and temperatures throughout your home, locating the uneven spots
- Perform a thorough inspection of your HVAC system to spot any potential problems that may be causing imbalances
- Take airflow readings of the HVAC system
- Make adjustments to rid your home of the imbalance
- Perform any necessary repairs
Tools Involved in this Process
I order to successfully balance your air, the following tools will be used by our technicians:
- Manometer – used to take static pressure readings
- Flow Hood – measures the output of conditioned air from supply registers
- Hygrometer – used to check the temperature, humidity, and heat gains/losses of your unit
Are There Steps I can Take to Balance my Own Air?
There are basic steps you can take to start the process of air balancing. First, you want to ensure that your vents are open to enable airflow. Similarly, you also want to make sure that there is no furniture covering the vents. Next, you can check your air filter to see if it needs to be replaced or cleaned. Visual signs that you may need to change your filter include a noticeable gray color or visible dirt and dust chunks. You may also notice dust around your home, or that your heating and cooling system cycle is taking longer than usual. Even if you don’t notice any of these indicators, your air filter should be replaced every six months. Finally, you can ensure that there are no drafty windows or doors.
Comfort Masters Can Help You Sustain Your Optimal Temperature
While there are basic steps you can take on your own, the entire process of air balancing greatly benefits from the skills and knowledge of an expert. The next time you find abnormal temperature patterns in your house, like a cold spot, it’s time to contact Comfort Masters Heating & Air Conditioning. With our years of experience and knowledgeable experts, we’ll be able to help you warm that cold spot right up, no holy water necessary.