Part one: Identifying comfort issues

In this video: A home comfort expert discusses how he begins the process to identify comfort issues in a newer home.

Part two: Testing for comfort issues

In this video: See how an expert uses a blower door test and HVAC testing to narrow down what is causing comfort issues in a newer home.

Part three: Fixing the heating and cooling problems

In this video: With the comfort issues identified, a plan for fixing them can be created.

Part four: Fixing the ventilation problems

In this video: With the ventilation issues identified, a plan for fixing the issues can be created.

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