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What is Blower Door Testing?
First and foremost, a blower door is a machine that measures indoor air tightness and flow. It detects whether or not there is air leakage. A blower door has a calibrated fan, an instrument that measures pressure, and a mounting system that allows for its attachment on doors or windows.
Blower Door Testing is becoming an important test to ensure quality indoor air for both residential and commercial spaces. The US General Services Administration (GSA) even makes Blower Door Testing mandatory for federal government buildings.
How a blower door works is quite a technical matter to really understand but basically it’s just concerned about the ventilation and air quality as mentioned above. Is a building’s indoor space too tight? Too loose? How much heating or air conditioning is leaking?
An infiltrometer or blower door fan is usually placed in the main entry doorway to suck out air from the inside, depressurizing the indoor air. As the fan is running, the technician will check for air leaks in different areas of your home or office. You can hear it or even see it. Heatless smoke tools can pinpoint where exactly the leak is located. There’s also a camera that can detect temperature differences.
Once a blower door professional mounts the blower door, runs it, and it sees that there is air leakage, a professional can seal using Spray Foam Insulation.
Star Spray Foam, headed by Brad Harris is a group of spray foam professionals that can do the the air sealing here in New Orleans. We have the best and latest technology like a blower door that could accurately detect air leakage. Once there is, indeed, air leakage, you don’t have to call anyone else. For almost two decades, Harris has been entrusted to do the job and he never disappoints.
Air leakage is not something you should tolerate. In fact, it is a problem you must address right away.
Here are some of the reasons why:
Air leakages cause your HVAC systems to be inefficient resulting to rising energy bills. Spray Foam Insulation closes the gaps and holes that results to air infiltration and leaks. 40% of the building’s entire energy is wasted through air infiltration. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star says that you can reduce your energy bills by 20% if you can insulate your building with spray foam. Your HVAC is said to be 56% of your total bill and if there are leaks, your HVAC can’t be very efficient.
Draft areas in your home includes your baseboards, headers, sill plates, and even around your windows and doors, your house pipes and electrical outlets. These are areas that you need to insulate and air seal. Open-cell or semi-rigid Spray Foam Insulation is usually the solution.
Uncontrolled air flow messes with both temperature and pressure of your indoor air. It is a major discomfort. Your HVAC is inefficient when there is air infiltration. Your walls may even condense and the temperature may be very erratic not to mention cold and hot spots in your house or office. It is not very sustainable.
Molds and mildew can grow bugs can make their way inside your house. Not to mention that it is proven that bad air quality can encourage bacterial and fungal growth. It’s very dangerous and unhealthy. Be proactive and take the necessary steps. This is not a matter that should be shrugged off. Your home or office must be a comfortable living or working space. You and the other people in your home or office will most likely be allergic to molds and fungi.
Spray Foam Insulation can also deter the breeding of cockroaches, ants, termites, and even rodents. It prevents these pests from entering sealed premises.
Specifically, the Open-Cell Spray Foam Insulation is great for sound absorption and transmission. Since spray foam seals the area, it can effectively contain the sound within. It has amazing acoustic properties. Mid-range frequencies such as your voice or the music from your stereo can be controlled. Spray foam is known to have superior auditory controlling capabilities.
These are just a few reasons why you should consider Spray Foam Insulation after taking a Blower Door Testing. You can call Star Spray Home to have your area checked. Giving us a call is free of charge. We can schedule a spray foam inspection and conduct a blower door testing right away at your most convenient time.