What Is Air Balancing?

.Air balancing is critical to the peak performance of your system.  However, less than 5,000 technicians in the country are certified in proper air balancing diagnosis and testing.

Air Balancing Defined
Air Balancing is the process of testing and adjusting your air conditioning system to deliver the right amount of air to each room in your home. When we perform the test, we use special air balancing equipment. Air balancing hoods are used to measure the amount of air at each grille. Manometers measure system pressures. Hygrometers measure system temperature and humidity. We then take the results of these tests and compile them into a report for you so that you can see how well your system is functioning.

What Air Balancing Can Do For Your System
With his specialized equipment, Dave can "see" your system's performance by measuring the amount of airflow within your system.  It’s not uncommon to find a system 30% to 50% low on airflow.  With this information he can diagnose, repair and balance the duct system for maximum system performance.  Your end result is comfort:  rooms with even temperatures, cleaner air, humidity control, and energy savings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: Can any system be balanced?
ANSWER: A contractor with the right tools and training can improve the performance of virtually any system. The more accessible your ductwork is, the easier it is to perform balancing and duct renovation work.

QUESTION: What’s the difference between an NCI Certified Technician and other heating and air conditioning techs?
ANSWER: Most companies are in business to just fix or replace heating and cooling equipment. Our certified Air Balancing Technician considers the entire system and is qualified to test, diagnose, and repair your ducts as well as your equipment.

QUESTION: Most contractors tell me that I’ll save big on my utility bills and be more comfortable by just replacing my existing equipment with a more efficient model. Is this true?
ANSWER: It could be, as long as the duct system is in the same condition as the new equipment. If it isn’t, the system will only function as well as the ducts do. Compare it to installing a brand-new race car engine on an old beat up sedan.

QUESTION: How will air balancing solve my problem of rooms with different temperature?
ANSWER: The airflow through the system is what carries the heating or cooling. By adjusting the volume of airflow, we adjust the amount of heating or cooling a room needs to become comfortable.

What should I expect from my heating and cooling contractor?
Your contractor should always check the Static Pressure of your system whenever repairing or planning to replace your heating and/or cooling equipment. A familiar comparison is when you go to your doctor, someone always checks your blood pressure. Like blood pressure, Static Pressure is one of the key vital signs of your comfort system. This test helps your contractor identify any significant blockage or leakage. With this initial testing along with an indepth interview, Outwest Air can recommend the appropriate diagnostic tests followed by recommendations to correct existing issues and optimize your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

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