Adam adjusts a circuit balance valve to its design flow.
Increase comfort levels by ensuring proper heating and cooling fluids levels are supplied to the required systems. As well as playing a role in maintaining comfortable conditions, proper hydronic balancing allows for optimal energy efficiency and can save on energy consumption.
What is Hydronic Balancing?
In addition to ventilation systems, buildings also contain hydronic systems. Hydronic systems are fluid systems that provide heating and cooling, as well as domestic water systems that bring hot and cold water to your taps and other locations in the building. These systems are designed by Engineers to meet the requirements of buildings.
The design considers the heating and cooling loads on the building, as well as the demands for domestic use. These systems can circulate hot water to heating coils, perimeter radiation units, as well as to the hot water taps. On the cooling side, systems can deliver chilled water to cooling coils. The domestic water system also delivers cold water to the taps in the building. Hydronic balancing is the process of adjusting the systems to operate according to the design intent.
The pumps are set to their design flows, and then the various terminals are balanced to achieve their design flow requirements. Achieving the correct hydronic flows ensures each room can be heated and cooled properly.
The proper hydronic balancing of systems:
- Provides the most comfortable environment for building occupants. No one wants to work in freezers, or overheated rooms.
- Can ensure proper hot water flows are achieved at the taps in multi-residential buildings.
- Proper system setup can help ensure industrial and process systems achieve their proper flows, enabling equipment to operate properly within the manufacturer’s guidelines. This can result in products that are produced within design tolerances, and with less or no wastage.
- Saves energy by tuning the systems to operate at their most energy efficient levels.
- Hydronic Balancing of systems is good for the environment as well as the pocketbook!
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