Air Tightness - Blower Door Pre Testing

The Blower Door

UK Air Tightness blowerdoor tesing for new buildings

Air Tightness and Blowerdoor building pre testing

How They Work
A blower door is a powerful fan that mounts into the frame of an exterior door. The fan pulls air out of the building, lowering the air pressure inside. The higher outside air pressure then flows in through all unsealed cracks and openings. This will enhance any defects in the building to help the thermographer detect air leaks in the building enverlope. These tests determine the air infiltration rate of a building if a calibrated test is being done.

There are two types of air tightness tests: calibrated and uncalibrated. It is important that auditors use a calibrated door. This type of blower door has several gauges that measure the amount of air pulled out of the house by the fan. Uncalibrated blower doors can only locate leaks in homes. They provide no method for determining the overall tightness of a building. The calibrated blower door's data allow the auditor to quantify the amount of air leakage and the effectiveness of any air-sealing job.

Preparing for a Air Tightness Blower Door Test for a
Thermal Imaging Survey

Take the following steps to prepare your building for an air tightness blower door test:

Here at Infrared Thermal Imaging we are committed to proving a professional building air tightness
testing service. We have many years experience in the field of air tightness testing with buidlings
and homes, enabling us to offer our clients a professional service.

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Draughts are probley the biggest cause of heat loss from a property, fixing air leaks or draughts could save you 35% on heating bills.

Problems Seen

  • Draughts
  • Thermal Bridging
  • Damp / Water Damage
  • Missing / Wet Insulation
  • Construction Joists

Air Tightness

Using the blower door air tightness equipment along infrared thermal imaging will greatly improve a thermographer ability to see defects within the building construction and insulation envelope.

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