We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Home Energy Evaluations: So What's A Blower Door Test, Anyway?
For homeowners who want to lower their energy bills, home energy evaluations will tell them where their homes are losing energy, either through air leaks or insufficient insulation. Energy auditors and HVAC contractors often will conduct a blower door test, which is a reliable way to pinpoint these issues, especially when the auditor uses a calibrated blower door.
Two types of blower door tests exist, with the calibrated type using instruments to measure how much air infiltration is occurring, besides showing where the leaks occur. An uncalibrated blower door does not provide the latter information. Of the two, the calibrated test gives you a better idea of the magnitude of air infiltration.
The blower sits in an adjustable frame that the technicians place in an exterior door frame, after closing your windows, extinguishing any gas-burning appliances, opening all the interior doors, and closing or covering fireplaces. When the fan is turned on, it sucks all the air from inside your home, and outdoor air quickly rushes in to equalize the pressure. Auditors use either smoke pencils or thermographic scans that show precisely where the air is entering.
When thermographic equipment is used in home energy evaluations, you’ll also know where the insulation is inadequate. Between increasing the insulation and sealing the air leaks, your home will be much more energy efficient, which saves your energy dollars when heating and cooling your home. Other benefits include:
Stopping moisture from entering your home through cracks or holes;
Keeping your indoor air cleaner, lowering the pollen and dust that enters from outdoors. The test may also reveal ductwork leaks that can backdraft carbon monoxide into your home if you use any combustion fuels for heating.
Stopping uncomfortable drafts, especially during windy weather in the winter.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy evaluations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.