Do you have pesky hot spots in some parts of your house and some parts that remain overly cool? Do you worry that your thermostat is placed in a location that makes the air conditioning in your home remain uneven?
Those are issues involving what the pros call “air balancing,” and we are going to spend some time today talking about what “air balancing” is how you can fix it. Of course, if you, like many of us, are just too busy to figure out the nuances of air flow in your home but know that your air conditioning is out-of-balance in your house, then call the pros at Aztil Air Conditioning.
We pride ourselves on being the best air conditioning repair operation in West Palm Beach, and we get the job done right the first time. So, do not hesitate to give us a call at 888-440-9063. We, the experts at Aztil Air Conditioning, are ready to help you with the air balancing issues in your home. Call today.
What is Air Balancing?
Air balancing is really a process by which we (or you do-it-yourselfers out there) modify your existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The purpose of the modification is to ensure that the air – and the air conditioning – in your home is evenly distributed. The goal is to make sure that you have the correct amount of cool air transfer in all zones of your house.
If done correctly, air balancing has a number of benefits:
- Improves overall air circulation,
- Enhances comfort in all areas of your home,
- Increases energy efficiency, and
- Improves the overall performance of your air conditioning system.
Indeed, air balancing means delivering the correct amount of conditioned air to every room, ultimately making your home more comfortable.
The process of air balancing for an HVAC specialist – like the air conditioning repair technicians of West Palm Beach, Aztil Air Conditioning – has a bit of a trial-and-error quality to it. The HVAC specialist needs to repeatedly test and adjust your air conditioning system to see what will result in even coverage in the home. It is, essentially, a careful look at the intake and output of air in your dwelling, and adjusting accordingly.
Some Tips on How to Successfully Balance the Air in Your Home
What follows are some tips to help with air balancing in your home. These are do-it-yourself tips. So, give these a shot before going to a specialist. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at those air balancing tips:
#1 – Open and/or Close the Vent Blades
This is one of the simplest tips to implement. Check all the vents to see if any are closed. Even before doing major testing you may realize that your air balancing problem is simply because someone closed the vents, restricting air to a certain portion of your house.
Once you are satisfied that the vents are properly letting air in, try this handy five-step testing process:
- Set your thermostat low – to about 68-70 degrees (remember, this is only to test your system).
- Leave the temperature alone for at least one day (24 hours).
- In areas of your home that are still warm, adjust the vents – in small increments — so more air is flowing into that room, until you find a comfortable setting.
- 24 hours later, re-check your adjustments to see if the temperature in each room is at the desired temperature.
- Continue this process until you reach your ideal temperature in each room.
#2 – The Two-Degree Offset
This is an ideal solution if you are in a two-story home and have two thermostats. In West Palm Beach, that may be fewer homes than in other regions, but if you do have the two-story set up, try this tip.
Have a two-degree difference between floors. Here in West Palm Beach, Florida, we want to keep the home as cool as efficiently possible, and hot air rises. So, set your thermostat on the upper floor to, say, 70 degrees, and set your downstairs to 72 degrees. This should tackle the uneven temperature in a two-story home, because your system is only working slightly harder on the upper floors, but that will be offset by your system working less hard on the bottom floor, where it is normally cooler anyway.
#3 – Check Filters. Are They Clean?
One of the biggest culprits to uneven air flow, or an incredibly inefficient use, of your HVAC system is a dirty air filter. We should all be changing the air filter in our HVAC systems about once every 3 to 6 months, with 6 months being the longest time to wait. However, time goes by, and we forget to handle such maintenance chores in the hustle bustle of our lives.
That forgetfulness, however, could mean much higher energy bills for you. Overall, keeping your filters clean:
- Improves air quality
- Increases efficiency of your air conditioner
- Extends the life of your HVAC system, and
- Helps keep energy bills lower.
#4 – Keep Heat Generating Electronics Away from the Thermostat
Electronic equipment, like your laptop or desktop computer or your large screen TV generates a lot of heat. If that device is next to your thermostat, your thermostat (which is monitoring the air temperature where it is located) will believe that the air is hotter than it really is in the home – thus, thinking it should continue pumping the air conditioning.
By simply keeping your heat-generating electronics farther away from the thermostat, your thermostat will be able to more accurately receive the air temperature in the entire zone.
Air Conditioning Repair Experts in West Palm Beach
While we have covered a few do-it-yourself ways in which to balance the air temperature in your home, there are a lot more ways to achieve maximum efficiency, which would require a professional. Take a moment to think about getting an air conditioning checkup from the best air conditioning repair specialists in West Palm Beach – Aztil Air Conditioning.
We are a family owned and operated business headquartered in West Palm Beach, with over 100 trucks bringing air conditioning and appliance installation to all of south Florida. Call us for more information at 888-440-9063, or fill out our online contact form. Let us help you with the air balance in your home.