What is Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing (TAB)?

Testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB) is a process where air and hydronic flows in a building are measured, adjusted, and documented to meet design specifications and local building codes to ensure thermal comfort, proper ventilation, indoor air quality (IAQ), and system energy efficiency are optimized. 

Even the most perfectly designed and installed HVAC system will not operate at peak efficiency or provide maximum ventilation and optimum IAQ until it is properly balanced.  Hiring the skilled, trained and certified specialists at Sheet Metal Inc. is the best way to ensure a building provides the highest indoor air quality while also operating at peak energy efficiency.

Two Important factors for healthy buildings: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Ventilation Verification 

Indoor Air Quality, as defined by ASHRAE 62.1, refers to “air in which there are no known contaminants at harmful concentrations…”.  HVAC systems are integral in providing quality conditioned air to any indoor environment.

Ventilation Verification is a process which determines whether an indoor space is receiving adequate fresh air for all occupants.  Proper ventilation ensures a safer, healthier, and more comfortable indoor environment for all occupants and has even been shown to improve the productivity of occupants. 

TAB and Overall Building Health

While there are several general areas of concern in maintaining a healthy building, utilizing the certified TAB professional at Sheet Metal Inc. to conduct general HVAC balancing or specific IAQ/Ventilation Verification audits is potentially the easiest way to eliminate or reduce multiple challenges in achieving a healthy building.  Sheet Metal Inc.’s TAB professionals will be able to address ventilation, air quality and thermal comfort, which in turn may reduce or eliminate moisture concerns, noise issues, and dust and pest issues.

Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau (TABB)

The Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (TABB) is an organization made up of top heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. Since 1981, TABB has set the certification standards for the HVAC industry. When it comes to the proper way to test, adjust, and balance HVAC systems, TABB-certified professionals are recognized as the most competent, reliable and qualified in the HVAC industry.  (Insert hyperlink to TABB website/”news” tab in our website?)

Sheet Metal Inc. will deliver the highest quality TAB services; from air/hydronic balancing to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Ventilation Verification and beyond.  We are unique in that we have highly trained and certified TAB professionals who are also highly skilled and trained Sheet Metal Workers.  This means our TAB team can go above and beyond what a typical TAB contractor can provide.  Also, being part of a full mechanical team means that if there are any issues found by our TAB professionals, we can diagnose and suggest the most beneficial resolution to any and all mechanical problems that may be encountered.