Is Your Home Ready for Winter? Find Out with a Blower Door Test
Posted On: 9/18/2015 2:09 PM
Albany, NY is not exactly known for having the most mild winters, and even though summer has just ended, the cold weather isn’t far away. Many homeowners find themselves in the dark about whether or not their homes are actually ready for the winter, and there’s more to prepping for the cooler months of the year than HVAC systems maintenance. Air sealing and insulation can help to ensure that your heating system doesn’t have to work extra hard, and the best way to determine whether or not you have a problem is to get an energy audit with a blower door test.
What is a Blower Door Test?
Regardless of how old or new your home may be, it’s safe to assume that there are numerous small cracks scattered throughout. When the chilly winds begin to blow, this means cold, outside air can enter your home, combined with the fact that conditioned, heated air can escape. Naturally, sealing these cracks is the best course of action to take, but you’ve got to be able to find them first. This is where a blower door test comes in.
A blower door is essentially a machine that can test a home’s airtightness. It can also test ductwork tightness and measure air flow between different zones. What this means for the homeowner is clear, solid answers as to why air leakage is occurring and what needs to be done in order to make it stop. It simulates the cold winter weather and helps you to understand whether or not your home is ready for the season ahead. The blower door test is one of the most important elements of our home energy audit, and the information we can glean from performing one is extremely valuable.
The Solution: Air Sealing and Insulation
Once conducted, a blower door test will help us to determine what needs to be done should you be experiencing issues with air leakage. Invariably, air sealing and insulation serve as a powerful combination for solving the problem. Once sealed, you can expect higher energy efficiency, lower utility bills, a more comfortable home and overall improved home performance.
Worried about drafts this winter? You’re not alone. A blower door test is the first step towards ensuring they don’t ever appear, and it’s all part of our comprehensive home energy audit. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.