New Balance Air & Hydronics provides complete independent services of Testing, Adjusting and Balancing to whoever requires it.
Our services include:
- Air Testing and Balancing
- Control System Verification and Calibration
- Fume Hood Testing
- Functional Performing Testing
- Indoor Air Quality
- Hydronic Balance
Air Testing and Balancing
Test and Balance can be defined as the Art of Displacing Pressures. It is a process that measures and adjusts the air distribution of a given HVAC system. Air will follow the path of least resistance. New systems generally have problems where too much air is supplied to certain areas of the building and too little to others. Balancing involves setting the air flow in these environments to a designed specification allowing for comfort and efficiency. HVAC systems require balancing from the onset of their use and must be maintained over time in order to reach their intended life span and to ensure energy savings over time.
Our team will provide comprehensive testing & balancing along with a detailed, easy to read report assessing the system and providing information to resolve any problems, if necessary. We do a majority of our work on site and are able to do so in an occupied building with very little, if any disruption of workplace activities.
Control System Verification and Calibration
Control systems play a major role in maintaining the overall comfort and efficiency of a building. The calibration and commissioning of these systems (generally VAV boxes) is required to verify they meet specifications and no installation problems are found. We work with control contractors to ensure the system functions properly and operate within design tolerances.
Control systems will also change over time with use. An annual survey may be beneficial to ensure continued energy savings and to be sure equipment has not fallen into disrepair.
Fume Hood Testing
That is the professional definition, in simple terms we verify that industry safety levels for ventilation of toxic gases are met. From normal commercial applications like Kitchen Hoods and Paint Booths to high end Industrial Grade Capture Systems (Process Exhaust Systems) or Medical Research Hoods, we can help you properly balance out your system for optimum efficiency.
Functional Performing Testing
This process normally takes place during the commissioning phase of the project, and ensures that all of the systems, subsystems and equipment are functioning properly in all modes and conditions. All system communications and control interfaces are also checked for proper operation. This can also be completed during a renovation or retrofitting application. NBAH will work with the Commissioning Agent to ensure all of the building systems we are responsible for balancing are operating properly and as intended.
Indoor air Quality
Indoor air quality addresses the overall health and quality of the air inside a given environment. Conditions which affect air quality include concentrations of pollutants in the air, temperature and humidity levels. These conditions can affect the health and comfort along with productivity level of a buildings occupant's. A building should protect its occupants from the elements. It should not contribute to sickness or discomfort. A properly designed and functioning HVAC system will lead to greater air quality within a given environment. The ability for the system to supply fresh air to an environment, maintain proper temperatures and also exhaust any contaminants to the outside of the building allows the inside environment to stay healthy, comfortable, and productive.
Hydronic Systems use water to distribute energy throughout the building with a piping system. Hydronic Balancing involves adjusting balance valves throughout the system to ensure the correct flow of water in the HVAC system. By adjusting the balance valves, a flow rate is set (according to a design specification) and consistent heating and cooling is established throughout the system. Balancing also enables the detection and correction of problems (ie, air in system, deficient balancing valves, etc). If the system is not balanced properly water will flow to the path of least resistance causing temperature variation and increased operating costs.