HVAC Testing and Balancing FAQs

What is Testing and Balancing?
The Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing process is a quality control and verification process of the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning System. The process insures that the air and water volumes reach their intended outlets as designed by the engineer. We also adjust the building fans and pumps to operate at their peak efficiency.
Is it testing and balancing required?
It is a requirement of many contract documents and building codes.
Is it testing and balancing expensive?
Relative to the rest of the construction process, no. The TAB process in most projects works out to less than ¼ of 1% of the total construction cost.
Is there a per square foot cost?
No. The TAB process depends on the complexity and size of the HVAC systems.
How long does it take to finish the process?
That depends on the size of the HVAC system and the level of completion and programming of the systems.
Are SMB of Minnesota technicians certified?
Yes, our technicians are Certified Test and Balancers or Testing and Balancing Engineers (TBE) by our member agency, the AABC.
What is the AABC?
The Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) is a member organization that administers certification of technicians, provides continuing education, and promotes independent TAB services.
Do you install or repair any equipment?
No. We provide reading and adjustment services only. Because we are members of the AABC, we must remain independent and cannot service, install, or sell any equipment.
Does balancing need to be accomplished on a regular basis?
Unless systems are critical as in laboratory fume hoods or operating rooms, the process is only done as part of new construction or major renovations that includes the ventilation or heating systems.


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