OUR SERVICES

Momentum, your home energy efficiency partner, provides the following services for building energy efficient homes.

Residential Energy Compliance Testing

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Duct Blaster Test

As part of the Duct Blaster Test, Momentum utilizes the Minneapolis Duct Blaster System, on-site, during the framing stage, to measure the airtightness of forced air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) ductwork. Momentum connects the Duct Blaster fan to the duct system at the air handler cabinet or a return grille which forces air pressure through the entire HVAC system to detects system leaks at either the joints or connection points. This process is similar to the way a plumber pressure test water pipes for leaks.

To ensure a healthier and well-balanced home, duct systems should be mastic sealed.

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Air Seal Inspection

As part of the Air Seal Inspection, Momentum will be on-site at the framing stage to verify that all holes and gaps have been sealed using either caulking or expanding foam. This important stage helps to make the home airtight and less susceptible to drafts and energy loss. Momentum conducts a physical inspection to ensure that not only was this process was completed but also that it meets ENERGY STAR and building code requirements. A well-sealed envelope, coupled with the correct amount of insulation, can make a real difference for the homeowner's utility bills.

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air seal inspection

Thermal Boundary Inspection

The Thermal Boundary Inspection, also referred to as the thermal envelope, restricts or slows the flow of heat from conditioned to unconditioned spaces.

Conditioned space consists of:
Any living area of the home. Examples are living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

Unconditioned spaces consist of:
Any non-living areas of the home. Examples are a garage, most attics, and most crawl spaces.

As part of the Thermal Boundary Inspection, Momentum will physically review both the conditioned and unconditioned spaces. While inspecting current insulation levels in each of these spaces, special focus is given to areas historically known for leakage: the knee walls, attics, crawlspaces, bonus room walls and windows.

Momentum will also review the home's ventilation along with common air leakage sites such as staircases, chimney chases, recessed light fixtures, plumbing and electrical penetrations, and possibly framing details. This process ensures the homes overall health and comfort.

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Insulation Inspection

As part of the Insulation Inspection, Momentum will be onsite to review and verify that the insulation was installed correctly. Insulation is one of the main ingredients to ensure a home is warm in the winter and cool during the summer. ENERGY STAR and building codes require minimum insulation levels in walls, floors, and ceilings throughout the home. Proper insulation will also ensure that the HVAC system works efficiently and while keeping the home at optimal comfort levels.

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Blower Door Testing

As part of the Blower Door Test, Momentum utilizes the Minneapolis Blower Door on-site, during the final inspection to measure the airtightness of forced air. Blower Doors provide a reliable, highly accurate and cost-effective method for determining a home’s air leakage. The Blower Door test can identify building envelope leakage; leaks such as penetration from plumbing and electrical can cause drafts resulting in an unwanted variance in temperature. Blower Door air tightness measurements can help estimate the need for additional mechanical ventilation.

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Balancing Test

As part of the Balancing Test, Momentum will be measuring and adjusting the airflow and temperature evenly throughout the entire home. Balancing is performed by increasing or decreasing airflow into specific rooms to improve comfort avoiding hot or cold rooms.

AirFlowBalance.com offer a great visual for understanding the importance of balancing. of The central heating and cooling equipment operates like your cardiovascular system to move conditioned air. Your air handler (the heart) pumps the air (like blood) through the duct work (or veins) sending the conditioned air (vital nutrients) to the house (body). Your HVAC equipment relies on many aspects working together efficiently to maximize your comfort with minimum energy cost.

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City Requirements

Below is a list of the testing required by each city or county.

Boise
Duct Blaster Test
System Balancing
Blower Door Test only if an energy seal inspection was not preformed

Eagle
Duct Blaster Test

Meridian, Star and Middleton
Duct Blaster Test
Blower Door Test only if an energy seal inspection was not preformed
Temp rise/Static Testing

Canyon County
Duct Blaster Test
Pressure Flow Testing
System Balancing