Under Pressure

January/February 2012
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2012 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 03, 2012
I find it puzzling that many energy raters and auditors are not curious about what causes the pressure test results they see. Frankly, I find it very discouraging as well, because if they understood the principles behind these tests, they could accurately assess the problem and come up with proper solutions. We find ourselves working backward from a test result to a hypothesis. Instead, we should be trained to spend our time on visual inspections, formulate a hypothesis, and then confirm or reject that hypothesis based on the test results. Unfortunately, most of us simply want someone to feed us an answer based on a test. For heaven’s sake, don’t make us think!

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