Balancing: an essential and very profitable operation!

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Did you know? A properly balanced heating or air-conditioning circuit can achieve a saving of 10% to 35% in the energy consumption of a building*. And this doesn’t include the benefits provided in terms of comfort.

 

In a context that is increasingly sensitive to energy savings, the question of balancing of heating installations is crucial in dealing with energy efficiency problems. 

  • Under-dimensioned installations cause decreased comfort
  • Over-dimensioned installations mean excess energy consumption 

Hydraulic balancing therefore involves redistributing the flow of water in the various emitters to offset imbalances created by the geometry of the installation

  • Proper balancing requires careful advance calculation and possible on-site adjustment, using mechanisms integrated into the installations, and thus making it possible to obtain a uniform distribution of interior temperatures. 
  • It requires genuine expertise on the part of the installer, backed by lots of experience.

With the current variable-flow systems (valves that control the flow irrespective of pressure or valves with automatic differential pressure control), control can truly be exerted exactly where it is needed and according to the project.

While balancing does represent an investment (estimated at 2% to 3% of the overall cost of a heating installation), it is very quickly paid back by the energy savings achieved. 
 
In new builds and for renovations, balancing of the cooling and heating circuits is essential in ensuring uniform, controlled distribution of energy in the networks. Low-consumption requirements and the 2012 regulation (in France) also mean that consumption by ancillary systems must be minimised. 
 
The COMAP Ballorex range offers a complete range of manual and dynamic balancing valves, actuators and flow meters, for perfect flow distribution. Contact your closest COMAP subsidiary to find out more about our solutions and take advantage of our support.
 
 
*According to the type of building (individual or collective), the specific attributes of the spaces (thermal behaviour of the building, type of equipment, exterior climatic variations, behaviour of the occupants, etc.) and depending on the additional equipment (thermostatic valves on the terminals, control and monitoring system).