Favret Heating and Cooling is launching a new service in May 2009. They will provide a Home Energy Rating utilizing a blower door testing process. This test determines the air tightness of a home and can help consumers in a number of ways.

Favret Heating and Cooling is launching a new service in May 2009. They will provide a Home Energy Rating utilizing a blower door testing process. This test determines the air tightness of a home and can help consumers in a number of ways.

Proper building tightness can reduce energy consumption due to air leakage, helps avoid moisture condensation problems, cuts down on uncomfortable drafts and ensures that a home's air quality is not too contaminated by indoor air pollution.

Energy efficiency incentive programs, such as a DOE/EPA Energy Star program, often require a blower door test. Favret offers this new test, which usually takes about an hour, to help consumers measure the energy-efficiency of their homes.


How the test works
A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the house, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. Favret staff may use a smoke pencil to detect air leaks.

These tests determine the air infiltration rate of the building. It is important to use calibrated blower doors to measure the amount of air pulled out of the house by the fan. Uncalibrated blower doors will only locate leaks and cannot determine the overall air tightness of a building. Knowing the amount of air leakage allows homeowners to measure the effectiveness of any home improvements to increase energy efficiency.


Why the test matters
The blower door test can be used in conjunction with a duct test, along with the plan of your home to determine your home's HERS rating. This rating system developed by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) allows homeowners and builders to identify energy efficient improvements to meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines.

Favret Heating and Cooling continues as leader in central Ohio by bringing this new test to consumers. Favret already provides many HVAC services like duct cleaning and duct sealing to improve system efficiency and air quality. Favret was also the area's first Carrier factory-authorized dealer.

For over 85 years, Favret has been a fully-trained, family-owned business. As a member of the Better Business Bureau, Favret has also won customer-service awards, including the Consumer's Choice Award. Four generations of Favrets have been catering to central Ohio homeowners' heating, cooling and comfort needs. Favret Heating and Cooling is proud to lead the way to energy efficiency in central Ohio and as their motto says, "If Favret does the job, it's done right."


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