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Lose the Ladder By Switching to Vent Cap Systems

Duct leakage tests and energy audits require a lot of equipment, right? But what if you could eliminate the ladder and the vent tape with one solution? It’s now possible with the simplicity of Vent Caps!

The Dangers of Duct Leakage Testing

Setting up for a duct leakage test requires positioning a ladder under every register, climbing up, and wrestling with the tape needed to seal it.

Now think about it — how many times did you knock the ladder into something at a customer’s home? Did you ever place it slightly off-kilter and take a spill? How long does take you to set up your ladder, climb up, seal the register, and climb down each and every time?

When you take a moment to think about it, you see just how much is at stake when conducting duct leakage tests with tape and ladders.

-You can damage property.

-You can easily hurt yourself.

-You waste time with setup and cleanup


So whether you’re a one-person show or leading a whole contracting company, imagine just how much you can lose by continuing to use ladders and vent tape.

Stay Safe & Save Time with Vent Cap Systems

With Vent Caps, ladders and vent tape are removed from the equation entirely. Since all you have to do with a Vent Cap is use a pole RAT (remote attachment tool) to cover and seal a register, you won’t have to waste time or endanger yourself, your team, or a homeowner’s property.

The savings from Vent Caps add up quickly. There won’t be any lost wages due to injury and you won’t have to pay for repairs or replacements for damaged property. Since Vent Caps are reusable and extremely durable, you also won’t have to continue buying endless amounts of vent tape. Finally, you’ll save time and be able to spend more time testing, instead of setting up and cleaning up.

Vent Caps — The Benefits Speak for Themselves

With how much using ladders is inevitably costing you and how much you could be saving by using Vent Cap Systems, what are you waiting for?

Ryan Marshall from Best Property Improvements in Salt Lake City, Utah found out just how invaluable Vent Caps are as soon as his company started using them. Here’s what he has to say:

“Before we got Vent Cap Systems, I don't know how we survived without them. We have done about 350 duct seals since getting them and they save us at least 30 minutes per house. That's about 175 hours of labor I didn't have to pay for. They have paid for themselves time and time again. They are easy to use, my guys don't have to carry ladders, and my "tape bill" is almost non-existent. Thanks Corey for making a great product!”

So are you also ready to lose the ladder? Vent Cap Systems makes it easy. Browse the Vent Cap solutions right for you.

Your Duct Leakage Testing Could Take Less Time!

As an energy auditor or HVAC professional, you know just how time-consuming taping up each duct vent can be during a leakage test. What if there was an easier way that would allow you to spend less time taping, so you can go about your day more quickly and easily?

Vent Cap Systems Save Time

Compared with traditional vent tape where you have to climb up on a ladder and deal with a sticky mess each and every time, Vent Cap Systems allows you to spend less than 30 seconds sealing and unsealing a vent.

That’s only half a minute per vent! At such a quick pace, you could seal and unseal 30 registers in only 15 minutes. When was the last time you spent only 15 minutes taping a house?

How Vent Caps Work

So just what makes Vent Cap Systems so quick and easy to use? Unlike tape where you have to clamber up a ladder, have appropriately sized pieces of tape ready, place them on and keep your fingers crossed that it holds a seal, Vent Caps make the process smoother. Here’s what sealing vent registers looks like with Vent Caps:

1. Set the Hook

Raise the hook (with the remote attachment tool) with a pole and attach to the register. This won’t require a ladder unless ceilings are incredibly high.

2. Raise Vent Cap

Using the pole lift the Vent Cap along the string, until it’s located just under the register.

3. Release Vent Cap

Finally, release the Vent Cap by placing it firmly over the duct register.

To unseal any vents, you simply have to reverse the process, by first releasing and lowering down the Vent Cap and finally unhooking the system.

Start Saving Time on Your Duct Leakage Tests Today

With Vent Cap Systems, your days of using time-consuming grill tape are over. You won’t have to waste time, money, or carry a ladder all around. Don’t spend any more time messing with unwieldy ladders and sticky, wasteful tape. You can try Vent Cap Systems risk-free with a 30-day money back guarantee and a full one-year warranty, so there’s nothing to lose and only time and savings to gain.

Browse time-saving Vent Cap Systems products and start saving!

Tired of Throwing Away Tons of Vent Tape?

Duct leakage tests and energy audits used to require a lot of tape, but now there’s a better solution. Instead of having to buy large amounts of tape and waste time with messy register sealing, only to throw the tape away, Vent Cap Systems offers a reusable and durable alternative.

vent tape replacementDitch the Tape with Vent Cap Systems

While tape was a practical solution for years, there’s now an easier way to seal registers during your duct leakage tests or energy audits. Vent caps from Vent Cap Systems are reusable, durable, and easy to use. 

Instead of having to use a ladder to seal every register, you can quickly seal and unseal with a vent cap and a pole attachment. On average, you’ll only spend about half a minute sealing and unsealing a vent. Just imagine how long it would take you to tape that same register!

Using Vent Caps Instead of Tape

Vent caps make preparing for and cleaning up after your duct leakage tests quick and simple. The process only involves placing the hook on the register via a pole. Then, you’ll raise the vent cap towards the register along the string. Finally, you’ll release the vent cap where it firmly seals the register.

When you’re done with the testing, you’ll just release the vent cap, lower it down towards yourself, and unhook the system. Everything then packs away and will be ready for your next test. You definitely won’t miss throwing out all that tape! By saving tape and time, you’ll be able to fit in more tests into your day without having to worry about whether you have enough tape to get you through.

Stop Using Tape for Your Duct Leakage Tests!

Tape used to be the only feasible solution for duct leakage tests, but now with Vent Cap Systems, you’ll be able to give up the tape for good. With sturdy and reusable vent caps, you won’t have to use sticky and messy tape to seal vent registers. Over time, you’ll save money while also significantly reducing the amount of time you spend conducting each test. 

You’ve wasted enough tape, so start preserving resources and your time. Trying Vent Cap Systems is completely risk-free. When you purchase vent caps, you’ll receive a 30-day money back guarantee and a total one-year warranty, so there’s nothing to lose — except the tape!

Hate the tape? Browse durable and reusable Vent Cap Systems products.

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Lists Reusable Air Vent Covers

I'm proud to announce that Vent Cap Systems has been approved by The Building Performance Institute™ (BPI) for inclusion as a BPI Listed Product.  BPI Listed Products are matched to specific home performance testing standards and other criterion.   Coming on the heels of the USPTO's recent issuance of our patent is certainly welcome news after over five years in the business.  Both are further recognition that Vent Caps are both novel, functional, and necessary tools for anyone doing duct leakage testing.

Tapes Not Sticking To Low VOC Paints?

Home Performance contractors keep telling me that the new Low VOC (volatile organic Painter's Tape compound) paints that some builders are using is making it hard to set up a Duct Blaster® or DucTester™.  It's hard enough setting up for a duct leakage test without then having to worry if the tape is going to stay where you put it.  That's one of the attributes of Vent Caps Systems that makes them invaluable for sealing duct systems.  Once they're up, they're up.  Vent Caps™ seal air vents whether they're dripping in condensation, freshly painted, or dirty as the dickens and they make the test results reliable and reproducible.  Energy Auditors and HERS Raters both have quality assurance providers double checking test results.  Having them match not only keep the auditor or rater out of the dog house, but consistent results lend credence to the home performance industry.

Have you had trouble with the tape sticking to these new paints?  Please comment below if this has been an issue for you in the field.

Michigan Energy Code Mandates Duct Leakage Testing

According to the Department of Energy, Michigan will be the fifth state to adopt the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), with "amendments, deletions, and additions deemed necessary for use in Michigan."  For now, this only affects new residential construction and significant renovations, without requiring unaltered building systems to comply.  Michigan's new energy code requires less than 4 ACH and <4% duct leakage per 100 sf. of conditioned space with testing, "conducted by an approved third party."

As expected a RESNET HERS® Index will be accepted to show compliance.  The minimum Energy Rating Index scores are:


Click here to download a copy of "Part 10 - Michigan Energy Code." 


What is a duct blaster test?

You've probably heard the term but may not know the details. . .  A Duct Blaster® is actually a registered trademark belonging to The Energy Conservatory™ for their marquee fan/manometer system, aka The Minneapolis Duct Blaster®.  The Energy Conservatory™ has been diligent, at least in my experience, to defend their trademark from "genericide", however, IMHO it's likely to go the way of Kleenex, Aspirin, Escalator - all formerly trademarked product names that became too descriptive of the product losing the owners their protections.  It's an interesting catch-22 for product manufacturers, you work to build a brand name, only to then defend it once it finally "becomes a household name."  Can you believe "Heroin" was once a trademarked product?!

The test people are actually referring to is called Duct Leakage Testing which is now mandated all across the country, in one form or another, and the backbone of any worthwhile residential energy audit.  It's the pressurized testing of a home's ducted air conditioning system for diagnostic purposes.  The average house in the US reportedly leaks 25% or more - of the air just conditioned - outside the "building envelope".  Duct Leakage Testing, and subsequent repairs, have the highest return on investment of any energy efficiency upgrade and are saving countless millions annually.


Compare to similar equipment by Retrotec, Ltd.

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I'm going to sell you nothing - and you're going to like it.

I sell reusable air duct covers.  They're used to seal air vents, registers, or whatever youBuy Nothing Day call them.  Unlike some other products that cover air vents to block drafts, Vent Caps are rugged tools used to seal air vents for Duct Leakage Testing, the diagnostic testing of a home's ducted a/c system.  My reusable register covers can cut your DuctBlaster® setup time in half, help you spend less time with/on/carrying a ladder, and save you tons of money on disposable plastic tapes.  Grill masks, register sealing films, duct masks, and even plastic wraps all have to be ordered OVER AND OVER again.  Vent Caps are 100% resuable and extremely long lasting they are. (Check out the Testimonials Page)  In other words, once you've bought them, you don't have to buy anything else.  Conversely, you'll have to buy "nothing", which of course, I am more than happy to sell you!  ;-)

The horse is dead already. Give it a break!!

2015 has definitely been the year of going Back To The Future.  Talk shows and the news have been riddled with the futuristic gadgets that actually came to fruition and those that haven't.  We've heard all about Michael J Fox and what's going on with Lea Thompson (yawn!).  It all came to a nauseating crescendo when October 21, 2015 finally came around for real.  Just when you thought you were safe, in comes the latest update from The Energy Conservatory® to beat the horse a little more.

The makers of the Minneapolis Duct Blaster® have been teasing the release of their new DG-1000 digital gauge for months.  This has surprised industry insiders who've expected their response, to the much lauded DM32 Digital Gauge from Retrotec, Ltd., well before now.  It appeared that they hadn't even been working on an improved model until Retrotec fully delivered theirs.  Then most thought they were taking time to improve upon the kitschy interface they first released months ago.  However, it looks like they're just been making goofy videos.  The first of which is below and I'm not seeing a lot of. . . well. . . ANYTHING.  

The production quality is fairly high but there are no details about the gauge.   After weeks of Back to the Future highlights on TV, I have to say it's pretty lacking in the originality department too.  Take a look below and let me know what you think in the comments section.

 If you can't wait to see what the future brings, you can always see it now here.