Fine Tuning:The Home Performance Blog

How Blower Door Assisted Air Sealing Helps Find Leaks

Using a blower door--a device that sucks the air out of your house to simulate an especially windy day--is the best way to identify where your house leaks. For many of us, a thousand little pin pricks may add up to a hole in your house the size of a window left open 24 hours a day, 365 says per year. 

By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed. 

This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done. 

Video: How to Prepare Your Home for Winter.

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The folks over at Inhabitat recently  released a cool new video that goes through the home energy audit process, and discusses easy fixes for problems like drafty windows and cold rooms.

We think they did a great job. Check it out!

Infographic: Nuclear Power vs. Energy Efficient Homes

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How does improving the energy efficiency of North America's homes stack up against building new nuclear power plants? This infographic has the details.

How Blower Door Assisted Air Sealing Helps Find Leaks

Using a blower door--a device that sucks the air out of your house to simulate an especially windy day--is the best way to identify where your house leaks. For many of us, a thousand little pin pricks may add up to a hole in your house the size of a window left open 24 hours a day, 365 says per year. 

By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed. 

This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done. 

Video: Exterior Wall Insulation Retrofit

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This video from our friends at Go Green Star explains how to insulate a home's walls from the exterior, for improved energy performance and reduced energy bills, with minimum intrusion. 

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Indoor Air Quality

  Is Your House Making You Sick?

Reprinted from:    By LAURA BARNHARDT CECH
Special To The Washington Post
April 14, 2013 12:00 AM

It was a chronic thing: Almost every time Erma Taylor’s great-grandson caught a cold, he also ended up having a severe asthma attack. Taylor, a retired nurse, spent many hours at a hospital, helping to hold the toddler for tests and breathing treatments, and wondering what was causing the attacks.

The one thing Taylor never suspected was that something inside the Falls Church, Va., Cape Cod that she shares with her granddaughter and great-grandson was a source of the 3-year-old’s medical problems.

It turned out that mold and mildew from years of shampooing the decades-old carpet were aggravating the little boy’s respiratory system.

Video: Superinsulation Doesn't Work if the Windows Leak

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In this installment of Green Building Advisor's "Job Site Visits" series, building science guru Joe Lstiburek explains why insulating a house to the highest standards won't do much good if the home still has significant air leakage.

Video: Energy Efficiency in 90 Seconds.

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This clever video from the Natural Resources Defense Council explains how energy efficiency in the home can help save the planet, while saving homeowners money in the process.

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