Heating and cooling systems are not designed to last forever. If you are in the process of replacing your HVAC system, you need to understand the important role that air balancing can play in the comfort and performance of your AC system.

Air balancing is the process of adjusting airflow to each room in your home for maximum energy efficiency and comfort. Use these tips to complete the air balancing process within your home once your new AC system has been installed.

1. Repair damaged air ducts.

Along with the addition of a new furnace or air conditioner, you should have your HVAC technician take a look at your air ducts when installing a new HVAC system. Air ducts transport heated or cooled air to the various rooms within your home. Over time, these ducts can become damaged or loose.

Poor connections and corrosion can contribute to the formation of air leaks. Having these leaks repaired when you install a new HVAC system will ensure that your new furnace or air conditioner can easily regulate the temperature within your home.

2. Adjust the blower fan's speed.

Your air conditioning unit is equipped with a blower fan that helps push cooled air out of the condenser and into your home's air ducts. These blower fans can operate at varying speeds. When trying to balance the air within your home, you need to adjust the blower fan's speed on your new AC unit.

A more powerful unit will be able to rely on a blower fan operating on a low setting to adequately cool a home. Older ducts or large homes might require that a blower fan's speed be increased to ensure maximum air distribution.

3. Add a second air handler.

If your home has two or more stories, you might want to consider adding a second air handler when installing a new HVAC unit. It can be challenging for a single air handler to push cold air up and into your home from the basement when outdoor temperatures rise.

Adding another air handler in the attic or ceiling above the topmost floor in your home will alleviate some of the pressure off the first air handler and help to create a more evenly cooled living space within your home.

Air balancing should always be completed after a new residential AC installation. Evaluating duct work, adjusting the speed of the blower fan, and installing a second air handler can eliminate hot and cold spots that might plague your home.