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What is a Duct Leakage Test and Why Does Your Sacramento Home Need One?

Many buildings, including both residential and commercial buildings in and around the Sacramento area, are dealing with some form of air leakage in their ductwork. To remedy this, an air duct leakage test may be performed. In addition, having a duct leakage test performed can help maximize your energy efficiency and lead to greater savings, so it's a fantastic investment in the care and maintenance of your home. 

Alterations to a duct system or a complete rehaul of the ducts will automatically trigger a HERS duct testing requirement which benefits the customer since the work is certified to be in compliance with energy code in California.

For new construction, it’s also a necessary step and passing the test is required in order to pass the final stage of a construction project. 

What Happens During a Duct Leakage Test? 

There are three main components to a duct leakage test: a calibrated fan, a register sealing system and a device that measures the building pressure and fan air flow. Using adhesive tape, cardboard or other reusable seals, all supply registers and air returns are sealed off except one. The calibrated fan is then attached to it and then pressure is monitored in a branch of the ductwork as air is pushed into the system. 

As this happens, pressure will build and air will be forced out of the natural openings where ductwork connects, such as at seams and joints. By pressurizing or depressurizing the ductwork, we can check for leakage. In cases where dust or other contaminants can be a problem, like in a crawlspace or attic, the air should be pressurized so that it doesn't inadvertently draw in all of that dust and debris.

Why Should You Have Duct Work Done?

When ductwork is installed in your home, all the seals are tight which ensures that the right amount of air at the right temperature goes to the right place. This, in turn, is what ensures that you feel comfortable in any season. However, leaky ductwork can happen at any time and causes a wide range of headaches, hassles and even potential health problems for homeowners. These include:

Higher Utility Bills - Leaky ductwork can cause you to spend up to 30% more on heating or cooling your home!

Issues with Temperature - Have you noticed that in the summer, rooms feel sticky and humid, while in the winter they feel drier? This could be an issue with leaky ductwork that would necessitate a duct leakage test.

Uneven Heating or Cooling - Does it feel warm in one part of the room but chilly in another? Uneven heating could be caused by poor ductwork. 

Poor Air Quality - Poor air quality can cause contaminants like dust, mold and more to be released into the air, causing all kinds of health problems. 

What Happens After the Duct Leakage Test?

The test itself only takes around 30 minutes to set up in terms of sealing up the ducts and setting up the relevant equipment. Around five minutes are needed to run the test and determine whether or not your duct work passes or fails. 

Duct system tests are mandatory in order to obtain a building permit. We use a HERS rater to seal all supply registers and then use a Minneapolis Systems Duct Blaster Tester to force air through the ducts. The Manometer then measures airflow at various points throughout your ductwork system. If this number is lower than the number for the allowed level of leakage of the HVAC system, your duct work passes. If not, it fails. 

If it fails, the leaks would need to be sealed accordingly. In some cases depending on the situation, an entire HVAC replacement may be necessary. 

Working with Poppy Energy to Have a Duct Leakage Test Performed

If you're concerned about duct leakage or you need to certify HERS ratings in order to obtain a building permit, contact Poppy Energy today. We offer the HERS duct blaster leak test across Sacramento and surrounding areas. We also conduct duct blaster leak tests throughout the Bay Area. 

Simply fill out the form on our website and we'll work with you to schedule a convenient time to conduct your duct leakage test and if need be ductwork options with you. You can also call us directly at (916) 306-5535. We take all necessary health and safety precautions with every visit and are happy to clarify or answer any questions you may have about the test, certificate or other processes.

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Happy Customers

Igor S., Home BuilderAntelope, CA (yelp)
What a great experience!
WOW, I got my compliance report within 2 days with an explanation of the important parts of the report and how it affects my new house. Since this report was registered, I submitted the Title 24 report and my plans with Sacramento County. No issues there. Paul also stated that they offer QII (Quality Insulation Inspection) that was needed right after the rough in stage stage. Lana came out and did an awesome job with the inspection and made a correction notice for the insulation company to return and fix part of the insulation. Had a very positive experience and would highly recommend Poppy Energy for your new house, ADU or addition.
Grace K., Residential Home OwnerGranite Bay, CA
I would recommend Poppy Energy any day to anyone
I would recommend Poppy Energy any day to anyone. Professionals at Poppy Energy are about the best hands to work on my home. After a proper diagnosis, Lana carried me along every step of the way and my duct leakage test was carried within a few days. Now I can properly conserve energy for my home.
Oliver B., Project ManagerSacramento, CA
Poppy Energy Delivered Fast
Time was running out and the building project was far behind schedule. Poppy Energy put together my Title 24 Compliance Report in a few days and it got approved without any delays. They are very detailed, efficient, and professional. They deliver on their promise and I definitely look forward to working with Poppy Energy on future projects.
Justina. B., Home OwnerRoseville, CA
Knowledgeable, Courteous and Helpful
Lana performed the inspection for the new AC Unit for my home. She was knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. She was professional and properly geared; I felt comfortable having her in our home. She took time out to explain the settings and made recommendations on efficient HVAC usages. Delivery was excellent and timely. I would definitely recommend Poppy Energy to anyone.
Lois S., Home OwnerFolsom, CA
Very friendly staff and excellent delivery
Very friendly staff and excellent delivery right on time and at a fair price. Paul was kind enough to walk me through the HERS test process and never got tired of my many questions. After booking an appointment, I got the HERS testing done for my new house in about 1 hour. Keep up the good work!
Antonio D., Project ManagerSacramento, CA
The team outmatched my expectations
I contacted Poppy Energy on the recommendation of a previous client. After several issues with other HERS raters, I was a bit skeptical but working Poppy Energy changed my perspective. The team outmatched my expectations. The HVAC Unit for the building was inspected and Quality Insulation Inspection done within time and budget.
Christopher K., New Construction DeveloperSacramento, CA
At Poppy Energy, every customer counts
I switched to Poppy Energy about three months ago and I must commend the outstanding staff and quality service I’ve received in such a short while for our projects. At Poppy Energy, every customer counts.
Jonathan M., Real Estate AgentCitrus Heights, CA
Keeping customers satisfied at affordable prices
Lana came in to run a full HERS test inspection on the HVAC system in a home. I must say the Poppy energy team are not just great HVAC specialists but are also experts are keeping customers satisfied at affordable prices
Eva T., Home OwnerNorth Highlands, CA
I’m 100% satisfied
Poppy Energy definitely gets my top rating. In preparation for spring, I booked an appointment to check our ducts for any leaks. The team came over to my house after an appointment and did any incredible job with our duct testing. They also guided me and gave me tips and tricks on future energy enhancements. I’m 100% satisfied
Maris S., Residential Home OwnerNew Castle, CA
Honest, transparent and professional!
The entire airflow system of my 30-year home was overhauled and needed to certify the job. Poppy energy had recently done the same for a friend so I contacted them. From the first conversation to final inspection, I love the fact that there was a system of adequate feedback every step of the way. Honest, transparent and professional!
Duke G., Home OwnerFair Oaks, CA
Kudos to a great team
I knew absolutely nothing about the process of getting a Title 24 report compliance report for my building addition, plus I am not so tech savvy but a phone call with Paul put my mind at rest. He was friendly, attentive and quick to explain the process to me. He was just a call away if I had any questions. My report was completed in a few days. Thank you Paul, you are the best! Kudos to a great team and a job done well and on time.
Janet J., Project ManagerRoseville, CA
Highly Impressed
Absolutely the best technical company I have ever experienced! I often do not give reviews but I am highly impressed. I had to reschedule the appointment on such a very short notice but the team was willing to oblige me and even tried to fit in to my schedule
Francis B., Residential Home OwnerRancho Cordova, CA
Made a New Friend
I’m amazed at how quick and smooth the whole process went. My AC was replaced and needed a quality inspection, so I placed a call. Lana showed up at our door about an hour later, discovered the challenge and had it fixed in no time. I enjoyed a great conversation and made a new friend. Poppy energy came highly recommended from a neighbor. I’ll do well to pass on the recommendation as well.
Loretta M., Home OwnerGold River, CA
Showed up within 2 hours
I just had my baby a few weeks back and then my AC unit picked the worst time to fail. After a full HVAC replacement, we needed a full duct test and refrigerant test. I’m especially thankful for the prompt response on a week day though it came in as an emergency. The technician showed up within 2 hours after and did the duct test and refrigerant check in about an hour. Thank you again Lana!
Jamie T., BuilderWest Sacramento, CA
Excellent value for your money
After incurring more financial costs from several retests, Poppy Energy came through and helped us achieve an energy-efficient building at a relatively affordable cost. Poppy energy helped to carry out a Blower’s door tests for one of the building projects I worked on recently. I look forward to working on more projects with them and I will definitely recommend them to others. You are sure to get excellent value for your money.
Reed C., Project ManagerEl Dorado, CA
Keep up the good work!
Paul from Poppy Energy came to do a routine maintenance check on the heat system and AC system of some service apartments. He not only did an excellent job but also recommended additional ways of extending the life of the HVAC equipment. This advice showed he had our best interest at heart. Keep up the good work!
Patricia H., Home OwnerFolsom, CA
Best HERS raters
They are thus far, the best HERS raters I’ve worked with on any building. After the HVAC was fully installed in the building, the HERS Rater by the name Lana did a thorough job checking through air leakages, improper insulation, energy efficiency and other criteria. The house is declared fit just in time for my parents to move in. A great deal of professionalism and courtesy displayed.
Collins O., BuilderCarmichael, CA
Game-changer
I’ve been a customer at Poppy Energy for 6 months now. It’s been quite difficult finding a good HVAC HERS and Duct testing company that I could always count on to deliver all the time. I want to say a huge thank you to the team at Poppy Energy, for being consistent, awesome, dedicated and extremely diligent at their craft. Your excellent and timely service is a game-changer
Sonia, P., Project ManagerLoomis, CA
Efficient, Very Thorough and Professional
I moved in newly to California about half a year back and starting a new building project that required that I carried out a Quality Insulation inspection. I found Poppy Energy as a certified HERS Rater on the CalCert website and booked an appointment with them. They were efficient, very thorough and professional. I will not be using any other HERS Rater any time soon and I will definitely tell my developer friends about Poppy Energy
John M., Home OwnerAntelope, CA
Very Good at What They Do
I’ve used Poppy Energy for my Duct test to my HERS testing to fix an air flow leakage challenge once I found out it was much colder in the attic than inside my home when the AC was on. I must say without bias that they are very good at what they do. The company is great and its employees are always courteous, always willing to help. Thus far, I’ve not had any challenge with their work. Their response time is great and the pricing quite fair. The technicians always take time to troubleshoot, and also explain the cause of repair if need be. I’ll highly recommend them.
Timothy R., BuilderRocklin, CA
Huge Thumbs Up For Poppy Energy
The personnel who came in to carry out the pressure test on my new forced air heating system duly observed strict Covid protocols. He was very efficient, has a sound knowledge of his craft and also very reassuring. A very huge thumb up for Poppy Energy! You are the best.
Steve K., First Home BuilderPenryn, CA
Definitely Recommend
HERS Testing, Title 24 compliance, & CF1R reports all sound like a foreign language to me but this group seems to know their stuff. They don’t seem to mind taking their time to walk you through things and they always seemed to be available when I needed them. I would definitely recommend them without question. Thanks for your help guys. I appreciate it.
Cleveland R., HomeownerAuburn, CA
A++++ service
I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from them. They made sure to complete the duct leakage test quickly and what seemed to be very efficient. I feel a lot better knowing that everything has been brought up to the level it should be. When it comes to peace of mind the cost is priceless. A++++ service.
Robert S., First Home BuilderLoomis, CA
Big Thanks From Me
When dealing with new construction make sure everything is being inspected properly. When I called Poppy Energy, they made sure I understood all the details of what needed to be tested and make sure everything in the house was compliant. I can’t imagine the nightmares that could have happened if they weren’t there to make sure my house was safe, sound, and working properly. They get a big thanks from me.
Kyle B., Home BuyerFolsom, CA
Save You Money in the Long Run
When you buy an older house there are always unforeseen problems. Having this 1960’s ranch house had a lot more issues than you would think for a house that isn’t nearly as old as my grandparents. But when you fall in love with the house you gotta be careful of all the little missteps. Having a quality insulation inspection is paramount to find out where and how warm air or cool air are leaking out of your house. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment sooner than later. It will save you more money in the long run.
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