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What's a cost-effective way to measure air velocity?

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Air velocity plays a large part in determining whether or not an HVAC system is working appropriately.

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG), many of today's buildings are segregated into zones, each of which possesses different temperature and air quality parameters. As air velocity influences these two factors, it's imperative HVAC mechanics have accurate tools to test it.

HVAC professionals have a wide range of air velocity measurement instruments to choose from. One such device is designed to accommodate the modern, budget-constrained worker.

Making use of smart probes

To reign in the new year, Testo Australia released a line of smart probes, one of which is the testo 410i, a vane anemometer developed to measure air velocity, volume flow and temperature. One of the biggest features that distinguishes the 410i from our other instruments is its Bluetooth connectivity, light weight and portability.

HVAC mechanics with phones running on either iOS or Android operating systems can download Testo's Smart Probes App. Upon installing the application, they can connect the 410i to their smartphones via Bluetooth to send instrument data to the program.

The app delivers some powerful capabilities. For example, if a user wants to analyse volume flow readings, he or she can set parameters for outlets and duct cross-sections. Mechanics can compare volume flows of different registers, enabling them to identify any discrepancies which may allude to a problem.

The testo 410i can assist HVAC mechanics who are in charge of commissioning new systems.

A testing, adjusting and balancing companion

Testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) initiatives ensure that HVAC systems are establishing comfortable building environments at an optimal level, as noted by WBDG. As the testo 410i is easy to carry and complements avid mobile device users, the instrument is the perfect choice for those dedicated to improving HVAC performance.

For instance, a significant component of TAP involves determining whether or not a system is operating according to the building manager's specifications. Air velocity information enlightens technicians to volume flow fluctuations, telling them where adjustments need to be made. In addition, the testo 410i can assist HVAC mechanics who are in charge of commissioning new systems.

The testo 410i is one out of eight smart probes HVAC professionals can add to their list of tools. In fact, these instruments can replace more expensive alternatives, allowing workers to save money. If you want to know more about our line of smart probes, contact Testo today

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