News

He Said Wind Issues . . .

Posted by Corey Breed on

Now there's a solution for your wind issues!  No, not THAT kind . . .  Blower Door tests measure the pressure inside a home relative to the pressure outside.  If it's windy enough, the air around your outside reference hose can be effected.  The new Smart Cloth­™ by Retrotec is the solution. Designed to replace their regular blower door cloth (45"), this model has a built in tubing system that dampens the wind effect allowing for more accurate readings in windy conditions. READ MORE 

Read more →

Retrotec's Newly Updated Design Debuts Soon

Posted by Corey Breed on

Announced back in July, Retrotec is about to start shipping their newly designed duct testers and blower doors... What's the Difference? The primary change surrounds the shell design. A new polycarbonate plastic mold design is now used, allowing for the DucTester legs and handle to be incorporated into the shell. Accessory Updates A new larger carrying case (TL #119) will be used for the X Series systems. A Quick Connect Collar (SKU #DU373) will now be automatically included with every system that uses the X Series shell. The slightly larger shell size requires the use of a Quick Connect Collar...

Read more →

Retrotec Announces Design Changes

Posted by Corey Breed on

Per Retrotec, Ltd. What's the Difference? A new polycarbonate plastic mold design is now used, allowing for the DucTester legs and handle to be incorporated into the shell. The updated design accommodates a more streamlined in-house assembly. Benefits to the End User: The more robust legs support sturdiness & assist in tipping prevention You can now magnetically mount the DM32 gauge directly onto the DucTester for advanced maneuverability Color Changes The first production run of the new DucTesters will be a Red/Black combo (as shown in the images above). However, future production runs will change to a Yellow/Black combo. Specs are...

Read more →

Duct Leakage Test: Post Install or Final?

Posted by Corey Breed on

When is the best time to do duct leakage testing?    If you're an HVAC Installer, you'll want to protect yourself with the inspection occurring just after you complete your install.  You can confirm that it's been done correctly and up to current standards before TONS of other people make their way in to do their work.  HVAC systems are one of the first things to go into new construction.  After that you've got electricians, plumbers, drywallers, carpenters, and painters - just to name a few.  Each has their own collection of sharp tools, additional building materials and potential for damaging your mechanical system's relatively delicate pieces. ...

Read more →

Retrotec Price Increase

Posted by Corey Breed on

It's been a few years since the prices have changed on Retrotec's Duct Testers and Blower Doors, but as of Dec 1, 2018 the prices have gone up.  As of December 1st the price of a US340 Duct Tester is now $2,795 (compare to the Minneapolis Duct Blaster® at $2,730) and the price of a US5100 Blower Door is $3,495 (compare to Minneapolis Blower Door at $3,460). While this is a pretty significant price increase, it only brings them slightly above The Energy Conservatory's pricing structure, and probably accommodates increased costs due to recent tariffs.  In addition they no longer offer a WiFi-free gauge...

Read more →