Air Balancing

What Is Air Balancing, and Why Does It Matter in a Home?

September 28, 2019

If a particular room in your Auburn, Alabama, home stays warm during the day even though the air conditioning is on, you may have an air-balancing issue with your HVAC system. Keep reading to learn more about balancing your air and how it benefits both your comfort and your HVAC system.

What Is Air Balancing?

Air balancing generally is performed on commercial buildings to ensure that airflow gets properly distributed throughout the several rooms of a building. However, balancing the output of air from the HVAC system has recently become more common in residential HVAC systems. Essentially, our HVAC technicians will check the airflow in each room to diagnose air conditioning inconsistencies.

The Balancing Process

The size of your HVAC system is based on the load calculation of your home. Similarly, this process takes into account each room’s load calculation to determine whether your HVAC system is working properly to condition the air in each room. Generally, the process consists of opening all your system’s air dampers to measure the airflow at each register and then closing certain dampers if particular rooms get too much airflow.

Diagnosing the Issue

Because balancing your air works with airflow issues in your home, it will help diagnose issues with your air ducts, including leaks, damage, or blockages. You may also have issues with ductwork that is too long or has too many sharp turns. Issues like air leaks are generally simple to fix, but others, like redesigning the ductwork, are more difficult and less practical. If the ductwork design is the issue, it may be possible to retrofit the current ductwork to improve the air balance.

Benefits of Balancing Your Air Flow

After improving the air balance in your home, you will probably notice that your whole home feels more cool and comfortable. Additionally, your HVAC system will run more efficiently, saving you repair and energy costs. You will also experience improved indoor air quality now that the air throughout your home flows more evenly.

Does your home need air balancing? Call us at Sensigreen Heating & Air today at (334) 366-9237 to discuss the best solutions to keep your whole home comfortable year-round.

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