People that have HVAC or heating and ventilation air-conditioning systems installed in their homes are assure to have warmth or cold whenever they want dependent on their desired temperature. However, this system is only effective if it is balanced and even in terms of air flow. Typically, a newly installed HVAC system should be perfectly balanced assuming that the contractors you hired are competent enough. With wear and tear, your HVAC system may develop certain deficiencies that will provide uneven heating or cooling due to restricted air flows in different areas of the house. When this happens, you will need to do some investigating and adjusting to balance the air flow again. Here are some tips to successfully accomplish the job.
- Know the importance of balance air flow. It is very critical that you know that having balanced air flow coming from your HVAC system will provide the appropriate heat or cold you want in your home. At the same time, if your HVAC system is balanced and even, it should run more efficiently thus, lowering your energy consumption.
- Examine your home. Once in awhile or if some of your family members report to you that certain areas of the house may seem too cold or too warm, examine each area of the house and note down the areas where heating or cooling is uneven. You can do this by walking around the house and taking note of each area in the house where the temperature may seem a bit extreme and quite different from the majority of the other areas in your house. This will help you pinpoint the cause and make the necessary adjustments.
- Inspect each air vent used by your HVAC system. Return to the areas of the house where you noted discrepancy in temperature. Check the air vents in that area to check if these are working. In fact, make sure to check all the air vents in your house to make sure everything is working. Sometimes, a malfunctioning air vent or duct may be the cause for uneven air flow and temperature in a particular area. If you find problems here, then you will know what to focus on. Inspect the inside of the vents and check if there is anything blocking the path of the air. If there is, then open the vent and remove it.
- Adjust the vents. Sometimes, merely adjusting the vents through its lever may be the answer to even out the air flow in a particular area. For instance, if the area is too cold, then you can actually balance it out by closing the vent partially.
- Consult your contractor. If all your adjustments fail, then your final option is to call your HVAC installation contractor and have them fix the problem. If your HVAC is newly installed, then they should provide some sort of warranty and adjust the air flow for free.
Some HVAC systems will allow you to manually adjust the system ducts so that you can effectively divert the air flow to specific ducts. If your HVAC system has this manual duct adjustment levers, opt to study how these levers work and make the necessary adjustments. If you know nothing about the system, it is recommended to leave this task to the experts.