What Is Air Balancing and Why is it Important for Your Home?
Most people have never even heard of the importance of air pressure balancing their home and HVAC, but without correct air balance, HVAC systems can’t function properly. Air pressure imbalance can cause uncomfortable drafts and hot and cold areas in your home, higher energy bills, and can shorten the life of your HVAC system.
Without proper air balancing, your HVAC won’t be able to function efficiently, which can cost you money every month on your power bill. And the strain on your HVAC can lead to costly repairs and may even necessitate early replacement of your HVAC.
Why is one side of my house colder than the other?
If you have uncomfortably cold or warm areas in your home, drafts, or high energy bills, you probably have air pressure balance issues in your home. But what exactly does this mean and what do you do about it?
Your home’s central HVAC system has to send out the same volume of air that it draws back in to be balanced. This is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute). Ideally, you want what is called “neutral pressure”, which is where the amount of air sent out to all of your rooms through supply ducts equals the amount that is drawn back in through the return ducts.
If your HVAC sends out air than it takes in through the return ducts, this creates positive pressure (which is basically what it sounds like, the air in the house pushes outward). If it draws in more air than it sends out, this creates negative pressure (basically a slight suction).
Both of these situations make it harder for your HVAC to heat or cool your home evenly, drive up your power bill, and strain the system causing excess wear and tear. They can even potentially cause problems with air quality control in your home by allowing mold growth and other issues.
Also, each individual room in your home has a certain amount of CFM that it needs to receive to keep the air pressure balanced. That way your HVAC can heat and cool it evenly with the rest of your home. The CFM that each room needs is based on many factors from the size of the room to how many windows it has to how many heat-producing appliances and electronics it contains.
How do I even out the temperature in my house?
There are ways that you can attempt to adjust the pressure balance in your home. They can work but they are time-consuming and more hassle than most people want to deal with. And it’s not likely you will get as good of a result as professional HVAC maintenance services using proper equipment. But we will outline the process below in case you want to give it a go.
To Air Balance HVAC For Cooling In The Summer:
For Warming In The Winter:
How can I improve the air circulation in my house?
If you’re having any issues with uncomfortably cold or hot areas of your home or high energy bills, here at Cardinal we can help you with air balance HVAC repair in Ashburn, VA. That way you can enjoy a comfortable home and a more efficient HVAC for fewer repairs and a lower energy bill. We also provide HVAC replacement in Ashburn. Just click here or call us at (703) 721-8888 for more information.