Our team has knowledge of energy efficient technology as it is actively involved in the CEDA Weatherization program and Brightstar Energy is an EPA Certified Company
The Blower Door is a whole house testing system which indirectly measures duct leakage by pressurizing the entire house to a standard testing pressure
By comparing the whole house test before and after all registers are temporarily sealed, the Blower Door provides you with an estimate of duct leakage to the outside
With the Blower Door running, duct leaks can be pinpointed using a hand-held smoke puffer, or a leak detection tool called a pressure pan
In addition to diagnosing duct leakage problems, the Blower Door can identify building envelope improvements that will reduce energy use and increase comfort.
Heat flows naturally from warmer to cooler space. During cold months, heat moves from heated areas to unheated areas in the house (garages, attics) and to the outdoors through ceilings, walls etc. During warm months, heat flows form outdoors to the interior. To maintain comfort, the heat lost or gained must be replaced or removed by heating air-conditioning units. Insulation is rated in terms of thermal resistance, called R-value, which indicates the resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value of thermal insulation depends on the type of material, its thickness, and density. In calculating the R-value of a multi-layered installation, the R-values of the individual layers are added. Installing more insulation in your home increases R-value and the resistance to heat flow. It is important to note that true results are directly related to completely filling all gaps and voids. Although most people point to old windows as the source of drafts and high energy bills, cracks in the building envelope along with inadequate insulation result in huge energy losses and many comfort issues. Add to that the energy lost through leaky or uninsulated HVAC ductwork running through unconditioned space and you may be wasting thousands of dollars in heating and cooling bills!