Here at Seneca Balance, we strive to achieve energy efficiency by applying upgrades to new and current mechanical
systems by means of a variety of HVAC services.
Our services include:
- Air Balancing
- Hydronic Balancing
- Fume Hood Testing
- Sound Testing
- Vibrating Testing
- Lab Pressurization Testing
- Engineering Consulting
- And More!
Is your building or business spending excessive amounts on electricity bills? Are your
operating costs exceeding your allotted budget? Are your occupants complaining of comfort issues? Do air registers make a
noise? Does it take more than 10 seconds for hot water to begin flowing?
If you answered yes to any of these,
you may have a poorly balanced HVAC system. If this is the case, one (e.g. the building engineer) would continue
to adjust system settings to meet the occupants needs, but every adjustment made will likely decrease overall efficiency
of the system and increase energy costs.
By having a properly balanced system, your building
could satisfy the needs of your occupants while saving thousands on energy costs.
The key to testing,
adjusting, and balancing, is to find the optimal relationship between energy consumption and occupant comfort. Most commercial
buildings spend about 30% of their total energy costs on the operation of HVAC equipment.
the equipment of an existing system shows further savings. In a recent case study conducted by Fluke, Inc., adding a
single heat exchanger (& associated fittings) to an existing HVAC system showed a savings of 87.5%
over the winter season compared to energy costs prior to the upgrade. That's Right! The owner was able to save $9,954
over a four month period.1
Fluke also recommends the following tips to
optimize HVAC systems.
- Measure Airflows - Use duct traverses to measure air pressure, velocity, and flow. If
the pressure is too high and/or the airflow is too low, check for dirty coils, fans, and filters that could be congesting
- Check Ventilation - Many buildings are either under-ventilated (causing poor indoor air quality)
or over ventilation (causing excessive energy costs).
- Add VFDs - Use variable frequency drives (VFDs) to more efficiently
regulate motors and pumps. An upfront installation cost in exchange for long term savings.