What is Air Balancing?
Air balancing is the process that entails adjusting your existing HVAC system to make sure that air is evenly disseminated throughout the home.
Close or open the vents
Simple yet effective. You can move the damper blade. It will restrict the air flow in the room. But, don’t completely close the vents, it could cause other issues to your HVAC system.
During warm weather temperatures, open registers on your upper floor and partially close registers on the first floor and your basement. During cold temperatures, reverse the process.
Here’s a list to help you get the most out of your air flow and keep the temperature in your home consistent.
- Set your thermostat to 76-78 degrees. (ideal range to start testing)
- Leave the temperature alone for at least 24 hours.
- In areas that are too cool, adjust the vents to allow for less air flow.
- Adjust in small increments to feel what works for your comfort.
- Re-check your changes (24 hours later) to feel if you reached the desired temperature.
- Continue until you reach your ideal temperature.
Two Degree Offset
If you’re in a two-story home and have two thermostats, set the temperatures to have a 2-degree offset. In other words, set the thermostat at a 2-degree difference for the floors. Set the upstairs to 74 degrees and downstairs at 72; this will help with uneven temperatures.
Check Filters for Cleanliness
There are numerous reasons to keep your filters clean. Take a look at a former blog on how to check our air filters.
Install Window Coverings
Your windows will impact the comfort level in each room. Windows without drapes, blinds, shades, etc. can heat up a room faster. Window coverings can make a difference in the overall appeal and comfort level. They also can help improve energy efficiency. In cooling seasons, about 76% of the sunlight that falls on standard double-pane windows enters to become heat.
Prevent Airflow Restrictions
Do not cover registers with furniture or items that will restrict air flow. When you block a vent with furniture, your system has to work harder. Vents are there to supply free flow of air. Deflectors can redirect the air flow keeping the intended air circulation.
Place Thermostat Fan Setting to “ON”
Your fan setting can have an impact on your indoor air quality and comfort level. Most systems have two fan settings: On and Auto. By utilizing the “ON” setting, the fan will continuously blow. This, in turn, will filter and always be replacing your indoor air.
Always remember, when in doubt call a qualified HVAC professional in to help. ADD Air, Inc is here when you need us.