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Sunday, September 05 2021
Did you know that when you participate in a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® project that the results are actually measurable?
Learn how getting an energy audit through the program uses a special air leakage test to determine where your home leaks the most!
Is there any other home improvement project that when it is all said and done you can actually test and get immediate, unbiased results?
I can't think of any!
Maryland Replacement Windows
Let's take Maryland replacement windows as an example.
Often times windows are replaced around a Maryland home to improve comfort and reduce drafts. But, results are typically subjective and more times than not there is a walk away feeling for both the homeowner and contractor that the windows did not really perform, but there is not much anyone can do at that point.
What is Home Performance?
Home performance work on the other hand is principled in science, proven by testing and solved by targeting the right areas of the home that leak the most.
ANALOGY: If a jet is not able to take off from the runway, do you want the airline company mechanic to just fix a perceived issue and give it a whirl, or would you rather the technician employ diagnostic tools, real time onboard computer information and proper calculations to get the plane back in the air?
Of course we all want the more informed approach to ensure our safe return to flight. The same should be said for solving complex home comfort issues.
So how does this work in home performance you ask? How can we be sure to target the right connections to the outside in a home so that we can get the results we want?
The blower door test!