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Air Conditioning Testing / Adjusting / Balancing - A Field Practice Manual

Air Conditioning Testing / Adjusting / Balancing -
A Field Practice Manual
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Air Conditioning Testing / Adjusting / Balancing
A Field Practice Manual

by John Gladstone

The easy way to keep your HVAC systems humming. Meet the demand for better quality and efficiency in air systems by mastering the latest TAB (testing, adjusting, and balancing) techniques in the Air Conditioning Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Manual.

This time-saving productivity tool puts at your fingertips proven TAB (Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing) methodologies, equations, and calculations for system balancing, controls, clean rooms, sound vibration and more.

It's the only resource you need to:

  • balance air and water distribution systems;
  • adjust the total system to provide specified quantities;
  • perform accurate electrical measurements;
  • establish quantitative performance of all equipment; verify automatic controls;
  • measure sound and vibration with complete confidence;
  • and much more.

This field practice manual is perfect for the contractor and serviceman, and is complete with charts, tables, formulas, and laws along with basic knowledge on techniques for fine tuning HVAC systems.


  • A Standard Balancing Procedure
  • Basic Formulas for Air Flow
  • Basic Formulas for Fans
  • Belts, Pulleys and Pulley Laws: Making the Adjustments
  • Motors, Fans and Fan Laws: Making the Adjustments
  • Using the Fan Laws to Balance and Adjust Without the Aid of Instruments
  • Basic Instruments and their use
  • Duct Pressures and How they are Measured
  • Air Mixtures at the Coil
  • Basic Formulas for Pumps
  • Heat Transfer
  • Balancing Water Flow at the Pump
  • Balancing Water Flow at the Coil
  • Gathering and Recording the Data
  • Variation in Air Density
  • Testing Exhaust Hoods
  • Troubleshooting Fans
  • Useful Electrical Data
  • Cost Estimating for Testing and Balancing
  • International Systems Units Guide (Metrics)
  • Basic Math Review for Technicians and Journeyman Mechanics
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix (Tables and Reference Data)
  • Index

About the Author:

John Gladstone, Life Member and Fellow of ASHRAE, has had over 40 years experience in every phase of the industry, including service, construction, planning, engineering and sales management. He holds a journeyman's card as well as a Master Mechanical Contractor's License and speaks from authoritative experience to journeyman mechanics, contractors and engineers alike. He was Chairman of the Examinations Committee of the Dade County Contractor's Examining Board (1965-1968) where he wrote some of the first contractor and journeyman examinations in the nation.

Mr. Gladstone graduated from Miami-Dade Community College with honors, took his Bachelor's degree at St Thomas and his Master's at Vermont College. He taught air conditioning design and license preparation at Miami-Dade Community College for many years.

Gladstone has written 11 books on air conditioning and construction and is well-known for his many articles in the professional journals; his work has been translated into Dutch and Spanish. He was a founding member of the Associated Air Balance Council (retired) and a Certificate Member of RSES (retired). Founder of the Air Conditioning Academy in Dania in 1977, Mr. Gladstone continues to be active in educational and industry circles.

200 pages, Softcover - 6 x 9 in. -


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