Blower Door Testing with Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix
Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix serves the greater Phoenix, AZ area, including Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert and Glendale.
Benefits of Blower Door Testing
While there are many benefits to establishing the air tightness of your home in Phoenix, AZ, here are some of the main benefits of a blower door test:
- Reducing energy usage by resolving air leakage
- Detects moisture control issues in the home
- Improves home comfort by reducing drafts
- Improves indoor air quality
Many customers ask us how the blower door test works, and the answer is very simple. A blower door is basically a powerful fan that one of our technicians will install temporarily to the frame of an exterior door—typically the main entrance. While the fan sucks air from inside the house, the air pressure inside your home is lowered. This allows for the higher air pressure outside the home to flow through any cracks or places that are not sealed tightly.
Then we use a pressure gauge to determine the amount of air leakage in your home by measuring the difference in pressure of the air outside and inside your home. We also use an airflow measuring device to determine the amount of airflow. These techniques help us pinpoint areas in your home that need improvement or more air sealing.
Using Advanced Technology
While there are two basic types of blower door tests, your contractor should use a calibrated door test. This type of test involves the use of advanced technology, such as pressure gauges that measure the differences in air pressure. With an uncalibrated blower door test, it will only determine where there are air leaks, which you can do on your own with the candle test. This is only half of providing accurate results.
By only providing an air leakage test, there is no method for determining the overall air tightness of your home. With a calibrated test, our technicians can determine the amount of air leakage and how effective air sealing will be for overall home efficiency.
How to Prepare for a Blower Door Test in Phoenix
To prepare for one of our blower door tests in Phoenix, AZ, do the following:
- Close all windows, exterior doors (except the one being used), and open interior doors
- Cover your fireplace ashes with damp newspapers and shut the damper and fireplace door
- Turn down your thermostats, including the one on your water heater
By taking these small steps, you can greatly improve the accuracy of the results and minimize disruption to your home.
Blower Door Testing in Phoenix AZ
Call Goettl Air Conditioning Phoenix today to ask about our Phoenix, AZ blower door testing services and how to save energy all year long.