When I consulted with a local HVAC contractor, looking for ways to improve energy efficiency throughout my home, he recommended something called air balancing. The process involves modifying the heating and cooling system to ensure that air is evenly distributed to every room. Testing, adjusting, and balancing is essential for achieving peak heating/cooling operation. In order to ensure optimum flow and performance, all components require testing and adjustment, including dampers, fan speeds, pressures, and thermostats. If there are hot and cold pockets in the home, airflow issues, or areas which get more conditioned air than others, professional air balancing is the solution. Typically, the HVAC contractor can resolve airflow problems with some adjustments to the existing heating/cooling system, including duct sealing and ductwork retrofits. Studies have found that over half of all brand new HVAC systems are installed improperly, which results in energy waste, discomfort and higher running costs. When airflow is balanced, the heating and cooling equipment operates more efficiently. By sealing leaks in ductwork and improving air circulation, the conditioned air is delivered into the home rather an allowed to escape. The stronger airflow results in shorter heating/cooling cycles, less wear and tear on components and cost savings. Sealing leaks in the ductwork prevents dust, mold, and harmful contaminants from accumulating within the heating and cooling system. The air entering the home is cleaner, creating a healthier indoor environment. Balanced airflow also eliminates unpleasant temperature fluctuation in the home. While professional air balancing is an investment, the improved energy efficiency, fewer repairs and lengthened service life of equipment definitely recovers the cost.