BLOWER DOOR TEST

A blower door test (building leakage, building infiltration, etc.) determines the leakiness of a home.  As the fan pulls air out of the home, outside air is sucked in through the gaps, cracks, and holes.  Viewing the walls, floors, and ceilings with an infrared camera while the fan is running can then show you where all those leaks are.  Be sure all overhangs, offsets, and chases are air sealed. 

 

The Illinois adopted 2018 IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) limits new home air leakage to 4 air changes per hour (4 ACH50) with the blower door running.  Performed by an approved 3rd party, like Insight, the home can be tested for leaks as soon as it has 6 closed sides (foundation, walls/windows/doors, and ceiling) but definitely before you submit for the certificate of occupancy.

Air leaks are easiest and cheapest to seal when found early.  Test your Building Leakage as soon as possible.  Insight can help you succeed.

Satisfy code requirements

Obtain certificate of occupancy 

WHEN IS THIS TEST PREFORMED?

A Blower Door Test is typically done after a home is completed, just before final inspection and receipt of the certificate of occupancy is granted, though earlier testing is possible and recommended for inexperienced builders or complex homes.

WHAT SETS INSIGHT APART FROM OTHER HOME INSPECTORS?

Insight's inspectors are thorough, honest, and want you to understand the condition of the home you are buying.  Our inspectors are experienced building analysts and energy raters, a level of evaluation beyond that of a typical IL licensed home inspector, and regularly evaluate high performance and Energy Star new homes.  Our inspectors will provide you with the most comprehensive home insight in the Chicago area. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Approximately 2 hours. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

$300 for up to 3000 sqft.  $50 for each additional 1000 sqft.

Travel fee of $25+ may apply. 

WHAT INFORMATION DO WE NEED?

  • Total square footage (including basement)

  • PDF copy of the plans

  • The opportunity to close up the home for ~30 minutes.

WHEN WILL WE RECIEVE RESULTS?

Results are provided on-site or can be emailed, as long as payment has been received. 

CAN WE DO CONDOS, MULTI-UNIT BUILDINGS, OR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS?

​Yes, we often inspect entire buildings and light commercial properties for investors.

BLOWER DOOR SAMPLE REPORT

View a Sample Report of a Blower Door Test