The Ins and Outs of Air Balancing



Does your home or office suffer from hot spots or cold corners? Are some offices or rooms impossible to work in because the occupants are freezing while others are miserably warm? If so, you may need to invest in an air balancing study.

What Is Air Balancing?

Air balancing measures that each room of your home is getting the right amount of air. This is done by testing airflow and air pressure at three different spots. The

  • amount of air coming out of each register is measured with an air balance hood
  • system pressures are checked with manometers, and
  • temperature and humidity levels are checked with hygrometers

Balancing the system refers to closing some vents, opening others and adjusting thermostats, as well as checking on the condition of your ducts and making sure that your HVAC system is well filtered and working properly.

Are There Risks to Having Unbalanced Air?

Having the air unbalanced in any building means that some spots will be cooler and some warmer. This may lead to surly co-workers and some grumpy family members, but the real risk of having unbalanced air actually ties back to humidity. High levels of humidity can serve as a breeding ground for some bacteria or molds, particularly if the space in question is already humid, such as bathrooms, laundry spaces or kitchen.

Additionally, poorly serviced or maintained HVAC systems can result in dangerous conditions including carbon monoxide build-up. If your air is unbalanced, part of the culprit could be that your HVAC unit is not operating efficiently or safely. If you’re struggling to keep a building uniformly temperate, make sure that you get your HVAC unit double checked for safety.

Consider Locking Down the Thermostats

Once your air is balanced and the system is generating a comfortable temperature throughout, there may be some in the space who feel the need to adjust the thermostats, which will throw everything out of balance.

If you’re going to go to the effort and expense of servicing the HVAC system, getting the filters changed, cleaning all the grills and ducts and balancing the system, it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and install smart thermostats. These can be digitally locked to keep anyone but someone who has detailed instructions from the technician who did the balancing on how to keep everything evenly temperate.

In addition, if there is a problem, your technician may be able to log into your system and check the status of the current temperature settings to help track down any problems.

Is Air Balancing Worth The Investment?

Keeping your home comfortable and temperate, as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your HVAC system is safe, is worth nearly any price. If you own or manage and office building, it may be hard to justify the expense of having the system balanced.

However, it should be noted that temperature complaints cost you in productivity. Chilly rooms and stuffy spaces don’t lead to great work product. Worse, those suffering extreme temperatures may feel the need to drop by and interrupt those who are working productively to complain about the temperature.

Finally, happy employees are likely to stay. Rather than letting people freeze or stew in their turn, invest in air balancing and let everyone know that you’ve done this in an effort to keep everyone comfortable. Seeing technicians working around the air vents may provide comfort to those who’ve been suffering extreme temperatures.

Final Thoughts

A safe HVAC unit will keep everyone in your building safe. A balanced unit will help them stay comfortable from one end of the building to the other, until temperature concerns hopefully disappear. Make the investment in your space to keep everyone comfortable.

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Kevin Schultz is a professional journalist with over 15 years of writing and media experience. He is a full-time contributor to the Themocracy Online News Blog and his insightful writing has been enjoyed by thousands.