Testing and Balancing HVAC Air Systems

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 Earn 6 PDH | .6 CEU (Total course 3 modules, 2hrs each)

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Module 1 - Preparing report forms and testing the air handling unit

Testing and balancing HVAC air systems calls for a systematic approach. While there is no specific testing procedure this module provides a general procedure which can be applied to any system to test the air handling unit.

Air System Components
Air Test and Balance Report Forms
Air Test and Balance Procedure Testing Fan Speeds and Motor Speeds
Testing Fan Motor Voltages and Amperages Testing Fan Pressures and Duct Pressures Drive Calculations

1. Review the major components
2. Review report forms and information to be collected
3. Provide a test and balance procedure
4. Learn how to test fan speed and motor speed, amps and volts
5. Learn where and how to test fan and duct pressures
6. Learn drive equation for changing fan and motor belts and drives

Module 2 - Testing the air distribution system and filling out reports.

This module provides a general procedure which can be applied to any system to test the air distribution system. The topics discussed in this module are

Air Volume Control                                                                                                           
Testing Air Velocity and Volume, Pitot Tube Traverse                                                       
Testing Air Velocity and Volume, Anemometers                                                                 
Testing Air Volume, Capture Hoods                                                                                     
Setting and Testing Variable Air Volume Systems                                                             
Fan Laws 1, 2 and 3 and Fan Laws and Density         

1. Learn where and how to measure air velocity using a Pitot Tube to traverse air ducts.                                                             
2. Learn where and how to measure and calculate air volume using anemometers and capture hoods.                                    
3. Learn where and how to  tests and balance the low pressure side of VAV systems.    
4. Learn and use fan laws 1, 2 and 3 to calculate final system speed, volume, pressure and horsepower.

Module 3 - Testing and balancing the air distribution system  

This module teaches the procedures to test and balance the air distribution of any constant or variable air volume system. The topics discussed in this module are:

System Losses and Air Balancing                                                                                       
Balancing Constant Air Volume Systems               
Read and Set Balancing Method                 
Balancing Branches, R&S CAV                                                                       
Balancing Supply Outlets, R&S CAV                                     
Proportional Balancing Method                   
Balancing Variable Air Volume Systems                             
Finalize Air Balance


1. Learn about system losses and understand need for MVD and air balancing.
2. Learn how to balance the air distribution in constant air volume and variable air volume systems using the Read and Set and Proportional methods.  
3. Set up and balance the air flow through minimum outside air dampers and economizer dampers.         

Sample Presentation


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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR                                                                                                

SAMUEL C. SUGARMAN, C.T.A.B., C.E.M., C.D.S.M., C.I.A.Q.M., is an internationally recognized HVAC and TAB consultant, instructor and author. He has consulted on projects for testing and balancing, performance evaluation, design, retrofit and commissioning of HVAC systems for cleanroom facilities, corporate headquarters, government facilities, office complexes, hotels, hospitals, fume hood labs, major retail establishments, military installations, nuclear power plants, private and public schools, colleges and universities.   Mr. Sugarman was an adjunct professor at San Diego City College, and has also instructed over 250 HVAC, TAB and energy management training programs and seminars for various organizations, including AEE, ASHRAE, and the National Energy Management Institute. He has authored several books and training manuals on topics in the areas of his expertise and has received numerous awards and special recognition for his accomplishments. He currently serves as Board Chairman of the International Registry of CTAB Professionals.


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