HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

Why Your Air Might Need To Be Balanced

Air balancing is an important part of improving the air circulation of your HVAC system and improving the overall performance of your AC and heating system. Air balancing is the process of delivering the right amount of heat and cold to different areas of your home. If your home is not comfortable and if you have an old HVAC system, you will need to hire an HVAC contractor to not only replace your HVAC, but to properly balance your air.

More Thermostats Might Be Needed

You might need to have multiple thermostats installed and a system that allows for different amounts of heat and cold to be directed to different areas of your home. Often, you need to set your thermostats at a 2 degree offset to make up for some areas of your home that are hotter or colder than others.

You May Need New Air Registers

Your air registers might be in a location that impedes the circulation of air in your home. There may be something that is blocking a particular air register and making it more difficult for air to be circulated to that part of your home. If it's a couch or some other piece of furniture, move it if you can. In some cases though, the only option is to install a new register.

Your Ductwork May Need Work

You may need to have your ductwork adjusted or replaced to make up for issues with poor air flow. For example, you may need to add larger air ducts, or you may need to install more ducts. If there are any loose duct joints, they should be repaired. You may also need to install return ducts that can help reduce static pressure.

You May Need an AC Technician

While there are some small things you might be able to do yourself, you are better off hiring a technician who can balance your air circulation and who might recommend an air conditioning replacement. Air conditioners that are defective will not operate at full capacity and will not be able to keep your home adequately cooled.

Also, AC technicians can balance your air circulation based on the information they gather about the design of the AC system. They can take initial airflow readings, compare them to the actual airflow readings and perform necessary adjustments to balance your air. This requires tools you may not have access to, such as a manometer or a hygrometer.