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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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Air Balancing Problems And Residential HVAC Systems

by Edwin Johnston

One of the most common complaints that HVAC service technicians hear from their customers is that one room of their home is not as cold, or as warm, as the rest of their house. In the HVAC industry, these issues are known as "air balance" problems.

There are several things that can cause air balance problems to happen in your home. The good news is that most problems with air balancing can be solved with some simple repairs.

Airflow Diagnostic Testing

The first step in solving air balance issues is to have your home's HVAC system professionally tested. The technician will be able to hang a small gauge on your vents and determine if your system is putting out the correct amount of air at each vent location.

Once the airflow diagnostic testing is completed, then your HVAC service technician can make suggestions to fix any airflow problems they have found.

Causes of Airflow Issues

Air balance issues are caused by problems with airflow as air leaves your furnace or air conditioning unit. The air is forced, by a motor, throughout the ductwork system in your home's attic. As the air makes its way farther and farther away from your furnace or air conditioner, the air starts to lose momentum. Additionally, any curves or bends in the ductwork will also reduce the speed of the air, due to the laws of physics and thermodynamics. This is typically seen in rooms which are farthest away from the airflow controlling motor.

Fixing Air Balance Problems

Your HVAC technician can easily reconfigure the size and direction of any ducts in your house. By making simple changes, such as removing sharp angles in the ducts, the air can be flowing equally in all of the rooms of your house. 

Proper air balance will allow your furnace and air conditioner to function better for your home. Gone will be the days of being hot in the living room and freezing in your bedroom.

Conclusion

Air balance problems within a building result in rooms of a home which are much colder, or hotter, than the rest of the home. A local HVAC service technician can conduct simple airflow diagnostic testing in your home to determine if your home is suffering from air balance problems. If a problem is found, then your service technician can create a solution to get your system balanced and back to working in top form.

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