Indoor air circulation is one of the most important aspects for keeping your home comfortable. However, your system needs proper levels of static pressure to create air circulation throughout your house. So what is static pressure in HVAC? This is a measurement of airflow, indicating the amount of resistance to air movement. In fact, the level of static pressure can be a testament to your system’s health. 

What Causes High Static Pressure in HVAC? What Causes Low Static Pressure in HVAC? 

There is a particular range of normal static pressure HVAC levels for optimal operation. High static pressure and low static pressure are typically signs that there are problems with your system. The most common causes of abnormally high or low static pressure are:

  • Improper HVAC Equipment
  • Inaccurate Duct Sizing
  • Duct Damage
  • Duct Blockage
  • Even Poor HVAC Air Filter Maintenance or Incorrect Filter Type

Signs and Problems of Irregular Static Pressure

Simple factors like age and improper filter maintenance can significantly affect the performance of an HVAC system. This is also true for high and low static pressure. High static pressure HVAC forces the equipment to compensate for the lack of air by operating at excessive levels. Low static pressure HVAC creates insufficient airflow to generate temperature changes within your home. Other typical symptoms include: 

  • Inefficient Energy Usage and Unusual Increases in Energy Bills
  • Hot or Cold Spots in Specific Rooms
  • Frequent Repairs
  • Potential for Premature System Failure

What is Ideal Static Pressure in HVAC?

A general question homeowners ask about their system is “What is ideal static pressure in HVAC?” The duct static pressure rule of thumb is for systems to function at an ideal level of 0.5 inches. Operating at this pressure level reduces chances of rapid wear of components as well as possibilities of pressure-related leaks. Levels that are higher than 0.5 can create tremendous strain on the system. On the other hand, levels that are lower than 0.5 can lower the effectiveness of your HVAC.

Final Thoughts

As temperatures rise as we get closer to summer months, the health of your HVAC system becomes vital. Historically, HVAC calls start dramatically increasing after memorial day. So the best time to schedule routine maintenance with Satterlee is right now. Routine maintenance schedules are useful for catching any issues that can lead to breakdowns. Furthermore, you can also voice your concerns about HVAC related issues with our experienced technicians! We can ensure your system is ready for the approaching summer temperatures. Let us give you the confidence in your system so you can enjoy the comforts of your home with a peace of mind. We are always happy to answer any questions! If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your system, reach out to us today!