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Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Greenberg Feb 28, 2012. 14 Replies

We are relatively new to this Residential Home Assessment industry and while we have all the needed certifications, we still need to buy equipment. Any feedback on certain Blower Doors and IR…Continue

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Joel Greenberg replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"You can't go wrong with either the TEC or Retrotec blower door or duct testers/blasters.  I teach using both brands, but I find the TEC DG-700 slightly more intuitive for new users because of the layout of the input and reference taps on…"
Feb 28, 2012
Paul Raymer replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"John - With the TEC door, if you are using the manual speed control and not the "Cruise" function, the fan operation is not controlled by the manometer.  Just pop the DG700 off the door and do your ZPD stuff.  If you go around…"
Feb 28, 2012
tedkidd replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"Really good advice.  My 2c behind it... I have Minneapolis.  Get whatever your friends have as you may need to borrow equipment, and learning the other type during an audit will not be fun.   I have the testo 510 also.  Get…"
Feb 26, 2012
Glen Gallo replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"For the blower door and Duct Tester/Blaster I have Retrotec. I have also used the Minneapolis during certification tests.Both are fine pieces of equipment. The Retrotec manometer seems a bit more versatile as it has formulas…"
Feb 26, 2012
David Meiland replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"You can buy either a Minneapolis or RetroTec blower door and be perfectly satisfied. If you're going to invest in IR, I would definitely invest in Level 1 training first. The major manufacturers all make good units, but you have to decide which…"
Feb 25, 2012
John DelleFave replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"Paul,  Is there a way to lock in the minneapolis manometer with the blower door running, then detach the hoses and use the manometer to do zonal pressure diagnostics?"
Feb 25, 2012
David Douglass replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"I consider my market anyone that spends more than $1500/yr on energy. I try to write different messages to get different segments to respond. I recently mailed 1000 flyers to home owners living in buildings with 2-4 units. I used "Can't…"
Apr 27, 2011
Carol A. Markell replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"Caroline, did you get to the ACI conference in March? There was a very good session on geotargeting. You could get the ACI CD-ROM and listen to the session. The person who put on this session was consulting for a utility in the Dallas Ft.Worth area.…"
Apr 15, 2011
Kent Mitchell replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"We have tried various homeowner groups, Real Estate brokers, Mortgage Bankers and new home Contractors.  The new home Contractors has been the most successful for us even though building is way down.  They are looking for an edge over…"
Apr 14, 2011
Bradford E. White replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"My Two Cents- I have an Energy Conservatory Model 3 Minneapolis Blower Door, which I have used since 2007. (Prior to that, I had a rather home-made affair, which is not a point of comparison but a personal investigative tool.) At the time of my…"
Jan 2, 2011
Graeme Nix replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Equipment Reviews: Blower Doors and IR Cameras
"While I'm obviously somewhat biased, the simple fact is that both the Retrotec Blower Doors and those sold my TEC will do the job. If you have any specific questions regarding what's available, feel free to give us a call @ 1.855.738.7683…"
Dec 28, 2010
Dale Walker replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"Attached are the 1st three EcoPinion survey reports that I referenced earlier.  The initial survey was taken the 1st week of Nov-07 so some of this information may be considered a little dated.  However, at a high level, I think…"
Dec 28, 2010
David Allen replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"I targeted a similar age group for my window replacement business and found that it worked well. In addition, educational levels and income levels are important inclusions. Of course, the research to refine my energy efficiency target goes on."
Dec 28, 2010
Diana Dobbie replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"I think 2nd time home buyers is a desirable market as they are more cognizant of what's important to them ie; health, efficiency, saving money etc.  I also think the younger age group is a good audience as they are more aware of their…"
Dec 28, 2010
Judi Lyall replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"owns a hybrid vehicle, has solar, a young family"
Dec 27, 2010
Dale Walker replied to Caroline Hawkins's discussion Target Market in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"Ecoalign.com has some interesting survey data on this topic."
Dec 20, 2010

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