Newer DG-700 and DG-500 gauges contain both a USB (located on the left in the picture) and a DB-9 Serial Communication Port (located in the center of the picture), either of which can be used to create a 2-way communication link between the gauge and a computer. This communication link can be used (along with TEC software) to conduct automated Blower Door tests and to data log both pressure channels.
- Fully automated Blower Door testing requires a DG-700 gauge, TECTITE software, a Blower Door fan speed controller with a communication jack (standard equipment since September 2004), a fan control cable, and a communication cable (either USB or 9 pin serial) to connect the DG-700 to a user supplied laptop computer. (If using a TEC WiFi Link, no communication cable is necessary.)
- Data logging of pressure measurements requires the TECLOG software, and a communication cable (either USB or 9 pin serial) to connect the DG-700 or DG-500 to a user supplied laptop computer.
In order for the Digital Gauge to communicate with your computer using a USB port, drivers must be installed. You will know if the drivers have not been installed when you plug in the Digital Gauge into your computer, run TECTITE and you see a message that says that the Gauge is not communcating with TECTITE. The driver file needs to be installed anytime you change computers.
TECTITE 4.0 (with WiFi) and TECTITE Express 4.0 are The Energy Conservatory's building airtightness test analysis programs for PC computers. The TECTITE programs make it easier than ever to conduct fully automated Blower Door tests, and to analyze and store Blower Door test data. The program's built-in report generator and graphing capabilities makes it simple for you document and present the results of a Blower Door test to a homeowner or client. Both programs are compatible with manual Blower Door testing (i.e. manual data entry), and fully automated tests using our DG-700 or APT system.
Common Features of TECTITE 4.0 (with WiFi) and TECTITE Express 4.0
* Auto-Test Features require use of DG-700 or APT system and associated cabling.
TECTITE 4.0 (with WiFi) Unique Features
TECTITE Express 4.0 Unique Features
This webinar hosted by TEC describes how to connect the DG-700 Gauge to a computer. Each connection option is discussed and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. The TEC WiFi Link, a wireless network option, is also discussed.
The free iTEC RESNET App makes it easy to comply with the data collection and reporting requirements of the new RESNET One Point Airtightness Test, as specified in Chapter 8 of the RESNET Performance Testing Standards. iTEC RESNET allows the user to manually enter the required Blower Door airtightness data, calculate test results, record customer and building information, display test results and email an HTML report. In addition, project files can be geotagged, time stamped and a single photograph from the camera roll can be linked to the project file. Finally, the application can email a project test file that is compatible with our new TECTITE 4.0 (WiFi) Blower Door PC software.
Here are a couple of recent reviews on the iTEC App
"Excellent app for RESNET air tightness testing. I just downloaded this app, and it is very well designed. It's simple to use, and quickly allows me to perform air tightness testing calcs. I love that I can get my exact GPS coordinates and also email an HTML report and a testing file. Great job!"
"Pretty handy app! Don't need to transfer notes or haul you computer around. Does crash when trying to email report. Trust they will get that fixed very soonUpdate:This is actually, Bill. The wife and I share an iTunes account.Unbelievable! The customer centered folks at Energy Conservatory actually follow these posts and called me on the phone. (Since they have me registered as an owner of their blower door) Very nice gentleman walked me through a couple of scenarios that indicated my old 3g iPhone was low on memory. Even got the benefit of learning how to shut down open apps that I wasn't aware off. Corrected the problem.Just got a follow up email from them to make sure the problem was resolved , appologizing for using my email to contact me, and kindly requesting that I update this post. Obviously, I am pleased to when I find one of the rare companies that understands the importance customer service and support and does all the little things right. (In addition to an excellent product)"
To see more information, or to download the free App from the Apple App store click on iTEC RESNET App.
To see more information, or to download the free App from the Google Play store click iTEC RESNET App.
Click here to download the iOS iTEC-700 app from the Apple App Store.
TECLOG3 is designed to monitor and store data from up to 16 DG-700's, DG-500's or APT's devices, and to provide computerized control of multiple Minneapolis Blower Door fans. Data connections can either be wired using CAT5 cable, or wireless using TEC WiFi Links along with a router.
TECLOG3 is the only software available that lets you see and track real-time building pressure and fan flow measurements, all possible because of our unique and easy-to-use graphical interface. During air leakage tests, TECLOG3’s electronic averaging of multiple building envelope pressures integrated with a Master Cruise Control makes computerized control of multiple blower doors a snap. Users can quickly select time periods to use in air tightness test results, and review and print test results using built-in calculation and reporting features, including a USACE compliant report. TECLOG3 makes it easy to configure data logging features including sampling rates, auto-zero intervals, pressure channel types and graph display options.
Click here for more information of using TECLOG3 to conduct multi-fan air leakage tests.
Click here for a PDF of TECLOG3 features.
An additional application for TECLOG3 can be found in User Tip #6. This User Tip contains an article describing how to use TECLOG3 and a DG-700 gauge to perform a worst-cast depressurization test. A sample TECLOG3 data file is also provided.
TECBLAST Ver. 1.2 helps you sell profitable duct testing and repair services by quickly analyzing duct airtightness test results. TECBLAST's user friendly entry screens and choice of professional looking reports makes it simple and fast to document and present test results to your customers. TECBLAST is designed specifically for use with the Minneapolis Duct Blaster system. For those with laptop computers, this useful program can be brought right to the jobsite.
TECBLAST Ver. 1.2 Features
The TEC Blower Door Simulator is a software training aid that helps trainers demonstrate how to perform a blower door test without having to physically set up a blower door system. The Blower Door Simulator includes a virtual Model 3 Minneapolis Blower Door and DG-700 Pressure and Flow Gauge that can be used to perform a blower door test on a virtual house. Test conditions such as building airtightness, indoor/outdoor temperatures, building style and wind levels can be set to simulate a variety of testing scenarios. The program also includes a RESNET One-Point Test Calculator so that the user can see the effects of temperature and baseline pressure corrections on overall test results using the RESNET test procedure.
Download the Blower Door Simulator Manual
The Zone Pressure Diagnostics (ZPD) Calculation Utility provides a way to estimate the leakage from one zone to another. It can help to prioritize air sealing activities. The ZPD Calculation Utility uses Minneapolis Blower Door™ tests taken with the house closed with zone pressure taps to the garage, the attic or the crawlspace. An opening is then made to the suspected zone, such as opening a door, and then running the Blower Door test again and noting changes in the zone pressures.
The ZPD Trainer Software is an interactive training tool that can be used to help demonstrate and teach the complex topic of Zone Pressure Diagnostics (ZPD). The ZPD Trainer screen contains 3 zones (house, garage and attic) that can be adjusted to demonstrate the relationship between air leakage and pressure. The software comes complete with charts and an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to teach ZPD concepts and calculate ZPD test results.