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HVAC School - For Techs, By Techs

Jun 18, 2019

In this short podcast episode, Bryan explains why low static pressure may be bad. He also discusses the other indicators of airflow.

When you look at fan charts, you'll notice that there will be an available static value. When you measure static pressure, you're looking for the pressure applied against the sides of the duct, not forward through the duct (velocity). Low static pressure is generally desirable because it indicates that the fan motor isn't working as hard to move the appropriate amount of air. In that same vein, slightly oversized ducts may be okay for these uses as well.

However, low static is not always a good thing; you can only use it as an indicator for performance in standard operation. If the system is moving less air, then the static definitely WILL be lower. In normal operation, that may not be the case. You may also not be moving enough air, which can indicate an issue with the blower.

In other words, you must be sure that the airflow is correct through other means than static pressure readings. Airflow has so many indicators, and using just one won't suffice. You'll also have to use your senses to listen for issues and familiarize yourself with the system operation; determining system airflow requires a multi-pronged approach.

Bryan also discusses:

  • Duct vs. face velocity
  • Variable-speed equipment
  • Thermostat calls and their effect on the blower

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