Duct Testing Methods Explained

Duct Testing Methods Explained

It is no secret that the major parts of every building’s energy bills come from cooling or heating that space. This is why it makes sense to make sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently. A heating or cooling system that isn’t leaking much air and is running efficiently can save you money each month. I am going to discuss how the professionals at Rapid Duct Testing can optimize your HVAC system for energy efficiency.

Blower Door Test

A Blower door test will allow you to measure envelope leakage. It can test how airtight your space is. A blower is attached to one of the doors (usually the main door) which pressurizes or depressurizes the building. The technician can then use a smoke pencil or other tools to discover exactly where these leaks are. This will discover leaks in your windows and other areas throughout your home.

Even if your HVAC system is in tip-top shape, if your envelope is leaking then you are simply throwing money out the window. If your envelope is allowing for conditioned air to escape, your AC system will need to work excessively to reach your desired temperature.

Duct Leakage Test

About 2/3rds of the ductwork in the United States is leaky enough that justifies some repairs or sealing. There are many problems that could arise if you don’t have properly sealed ductwork. The most common problem is your heating/cooling ends up heating or cooling your attic or basement rather than your home. Another thing that commonly happens is that the negative pressure will end up bringing outside air into your home. For example, it brings in hot air in the summer and cold air in the winter. Needless to say, this greatly reduces the efficiency of your HVAC unit.

Duct Testing is a service that ends up paying for itself in energy bills. So if you think that you may have any of these issues then just give us a call at (855)NEED-HERS or (855)633-3437. The experts at Rapid Duct Testing can help you today!