Air Balancing

Air balancing is an ancient trade that dates back hundreds of years. In 1732, French engineer Henri Pitot invented a classic fluid dynamic sensor called the Pitot Tube to measure the speed of rivers and canals in France. In the 19th century, the Pitot Tube was modified by French scientist Henry Darcy and is widely used today to measure the flow velocity of liquids, air, and gasses, a process referred to as air balancing. Air balancing is critical to the performance of your air conditioning and heating system. Even though this technology has been around for decades, less than 5,000 individuals worldwide are trained and certified in it.

What is Air Balancing?

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. To begin the air balancing process, a number of tests must be completed to determine the performance of your HVAC system. During these tests, air balancing hoods are placed over the air supply registers to measure the amount of air coming through. Next, manometers are used to measure air pressure within the system and pinpoint blockages. Test results are then compiled into a summary report to determine how well your HVAC system is functioning as a whole.

How Air Balancing can improve your air conditioning system

If you notice inconsistent temperatures in different rooms of your home while the air conditioner or heater is running, you will benefit from air balancing. It is very common to find systems running low on airflow, which will create many different problems inside the home. If the airflow is not evenly distributed throughout your home, it puts pressure on your HVAC system and will cause it to function improperly. Having a certified technician diagnose, repair, and balance your system will result in a functioning system with all rooms being the same temperature and will lead to real energy savings.

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