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What is the value of using a pressure pan to test outlets?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Genge Sep 5, 2012. 18 Replies

I had this question recently and my response was:If the blower door takes the home up to 50 Pa, and the pressure pan reading across the outlet is 49 Pa for example, that says that total of the rest…Continue


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Retrotec is attending the NEBB Testing and Balancing (Tab) Certified Professional Review Seminar in Chicago, IL at Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport

June 6, 2016 at 8am to June 8, 2016 at 5pm
Building owners and tenants are concerned that the environmental performance of buildings must be optimal while the operating cost should be minimal. These goals can only be accomplished when a building’s HVAC and hydronic systems are properly balanced. Three major steps used to achieve the proper operation of the HVAC and hydronic systems and a desirable climate are testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB).See More
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Retrotec is exhibiting at the NFPA Conference & Expo-Booth 1355 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center

June 13, 2016 at 8am to June 16, 2016 at 5pm
NFPA's Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for countless professionals -- from architects, engineers, contractors, and building managers to public and private fire service, enforcement agencies, insurers, and utilities. More
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Retrotec is attending the NEHA 2016 AEC and HUD Healthy Homes Conference at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

June 13, 2016 at 8am to June 16, 2016 at 5pm
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) are excited to announce the NEHA 2016 AEC and HUD Healthy Homes Conference, presented by Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. It will be held jointly in San Antonio, Texas from June 13-16, 2016. We welcome strengthening the Healthy Homes dimension of our conference and think this will bring great opportunities for additional…See More
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Retrotec is exhibiting at the Energy Out West Conference-Booths 16 and 18 at The Grand Hotel

May 9, 2016 at 8am to May 13, 2016 at 5pm
Every other year Energy OutWest organizes and delivers a regional weatherization (wx) conference. Our conferences receive wide attendance by weatherization professionals from community assistance agencies in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, the Navajo Nation, and the Intertribal Council of Arizona. Commercial weatherization professionals also participate significantly both in learning sessions and with displays of their products…See More
May 9
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Blower door testing for better thermal imaging webinar at Online

May 17, 2016 from 11am to 12pm
No matter what you call it – Thermal Imaging or IR- its better with the blower door. Join Retrotec and special guest for this deeper look at best practices and better results.Blower door best testing methods  Finding leakage with blower door test and IR cameras  Requirements for IR evaluations with a blower door.    Baseline measurements options Identifying air leakage vs thermal differences.  WiFi testing with blower door and IR camerasWe offer BPI and InterNACHI CEUs for Retrotec webinarsSee More
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Commercial Duct Testing webinar at online

May 3, 2016 from 11am to 12pm
Commercial vs Residential duct testing.Commercial duct testing Standards and Compliance.The Retrotec 451 DucTester and DM32 smart gauge is revolutionizing commercial duct testing.Other applications such as materials and component testing.ASTM E 1105-00 Water Penetration of Ext Windows, Doors Walls by Cyclic PressureASTM E 331-00 Water Penetration of Ext Windows, Doors Walls by Static PressureASTM E 783-02 Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and DoorsWe offer BPI…See More
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Performance Testing for Homes with Suspect Conditions webinar at online

April 21, 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
What are the common suspect conditions that would prevent testing?Should you perform Blower Door or Duct Tests when you observe suspect conditionsWhat are the types of tests you should do no matter what for a healthy home evaluation?How to perform pressure diagnostics with just a gaugeWe offer BPI and InterNACHI CEUs for Retrotec webinarsSee More
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Colin Genge replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Polls
"I am impresssed with those numbers visting the site but also notice that videos that have been up for monthes receive a small number of views and often questions posted get no response. Just what I see. "
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Retrotec is presenting and exhibiting at the 2016 Midwest Residential Energy Conference-Booth 20A at Hyatt Regency Lexington

April 5, 2016 at 8am to April 6, 2016 at 12pm
The Midwest Residential Energy Conference promotes energy efficient home performance through the education of Building Science principals. The conference objective is to provide continuing education and updates on Building Codes, tax credits and financial incentives, energy efficiency programs and new technologies that benefit or affect the professions of Builders, Remodelers, Realtors, HVAC Contractors, HERS Raters, Building Analysts, Utility program managers and Utility Energy Advisors. To…See More
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Colin Genge replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion New poll: How has Home Energy Pros helped you?
"We have made numerous postings and support the "Pros" to the extent we can but the number of users is very low making it marginal at best. We occasionally mention the website during our Webinars as a good source for information but would…"
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Measuring HVAC Performance webinar at Online

February 23, 2016 from 11am to 12pm
If you install, service or test HVAC systems you will want be there for this special webinar. Jeremy Begley joins us from from his consulting practice “HVAC 2 Home Performance” where he offers design, testing, verification and home performance implementation and integration consulting services to HVAC contracting firms.How to measure HVAC total flow.Use your gauge for static pressure and remote CAZ tests.Learn the impact of the envelope on the HVAC systemMeasure HVAC systems with Blower Door…See More
Feb 8
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Testing for IECC Code Compliance for duct and house leakage webinar at Online

February 16, 2016 from 11am to 12pm
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is in use or adopted in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, NYC and Puerto Rico (according to the ICC). If you work in the building industry, this webinar is for you.Learn the testing options for code compliance.Set up your gauge to get the results you need.Discover how the NEW rCloud app creates compliance reportsOvercome common testing problems.Use QuickGuides to perform tests with easeGet your questions answered by…See More
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What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 4:30pm 11 Comments

“If your new home was not built properly to Code, you might pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden hidden problems and improper inspections by Code officials.  At no cost to you, let us have your home checked to see if you are one of 1000s in Texas (name your State) where Codes are ignored.”

In Australia, homeowners are starting class actions against their builders for the same type of poor workmanship…


Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 8:21am 2 Comments

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

Look at this link. we all know that few systems can tolerate any more resistance created by smart vents or even partial closing of registers. LBL's paper on closing off vents to save energy, roundly…


Smart gauges will change how we use Blower Doors, DucTesters and other diagnostic tools

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:53pm 2 Comments

The world’s first touchscreen WiFi gauge          

Webinar Sept 12/2013 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT

The DM32 controls all blower doors, duct testers, and some flow grids. We’ve even introduced advanced features that will not only modernize just the gauge but the older devices attached to them as well. For example, automatic corrections can be made in the gauge for system backpressure correction when using flow grids.  Control your gauge using any mobile…


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At 7:09pm on July 15, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Colin,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros.

Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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