Puget Sound Energy donates blower door equipment to Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County

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Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager Chris Anderson poses with Puget Sound Energy employees in front of the donated door blower.

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) donated one of its blower doors Thursday morning to help Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County with its new home repair service.

The door will test homes for areas where air can easily enter or exit, such as around window and door frames. This testing tool is essential for the newest team at Habitat home repair servicewhich provides needed repairs to low-income people in Snohomish County.

Chris Anderson, construction manager at Habitat for Humanity, said the blower door will help the organization service about 20 homes a year.

“It’s going to help us a lot with older homes,” he said. “Most houses built before the 1980s, when they weren’t so concerned about waterproofing and that sort of thing.”

It will take employees a few months to become familiar with using the equipment, but Anderson is excited to begin offering his services to residents of the community.

The blower door fits securely into the front door of a home and determines how much air leaks into the home.

“It’s going to lower costs, improve home comfort and on top of that, it makes the earth greener,” he said. “That way you don’t run your heater or air conditioner more than necessary.”

PSE uses blower doors to help families find ways to save energy and money on their bills. There were three blower doors that need to be upgraded soon, so they were happy to donate one to Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s an older piece of equipment, but it still works great,” said PSE Outreach Coordinator Hunter Hassig.

In a press release, PSE said it is confident that Habitat for Humanity will put the equipment to good use in helping families in need.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Habitat’s home repair service can find more information here.

– Story and photos by Lauren Reichenbach

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