Can home energy performance testing really help you prevent ice dams on your home? Hear how blower door testing can help you solve your ice dam problems from our COO, Andy Lindus.
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How Winter Weather Affects Your Roof
Weather conditions this month are creating the ideal situation for ice dams to form on Twin Cities homes. Ice dams are problematic because they compromise the integrity of your home. Results can include torn off gutters, loosened shingles, and even water backing up into a home, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
While there are many temporary fixes available in the marketplace, the only true solution to fixing your ice dam problem is to have a home performance test done at your home to see where the air leaks are. This will allow you to know where you are lacking insulation in your home. Adding insulation will create a barrier to prevent heat from escaping from your roof, which results in ice dams.
A question came from a homeowner interested in getting a blower door test. They wanted to know if the test could be performed year-round or if it should be restricted to the winter months. While testing can be done throughout the year, winter provides the optimal time because infrared imaging will be much easier to conduct in the winter because of such drastic differences in temperature between a home’s interior and exterior.
Blower door testing is the best way for a homeowner to be provided with a road map that shows where their home is energy efficient and where improvements are needed.
Here’s How a Blower Door Test is Conducted:
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