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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 valley and surrounding areas.
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