Teenage mutant Ninja TruTechs?

Yes, that’s right, TruTech turns 13 years old today! And like many 13 year olds, we are being introspective about who we are, where we came from and where we are headed.

As the title hints; we try to have fun with the work we do and not get too, too serious about ourselves.

Just like a child grows so much over an 8 year time span, a lot has happened since 2012 when we made our last birthday update blog post (on our fifth anniversary).

James C. Bergmann

Let’s start by remembering one of our founders, James (Jim) C. Bergmann who passed away in 2016. He was a kind and generous man, who, along with his son, James (Jim) L. Bergmann initiated the customer focussed and educational aspects of TruTech which continue to shape the way we do business today. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Jim.

TruTechTools Staff Photo June 2019

Staying on the topic of people, we are so grateful to our loyal employees, now numbering 15 fulltime and 2 part time. While all are unique individuals, they come together everyday with their minds set on helping our customers. From having the right stock of products available for fast shipments, to complete answers to all sorts of questions, to an easy to navigate website, prompt calibrations, in-depth technical resources, quick refunds and RMAs, to clear marketing messages and more. Our staff really want to make it fast and easy for our customers to work at a higher level.

In 2014, Jim Sr. sold his interest in the company to Eric Preston while Bill Spohn added to his interest by buying Jim Jr.’s shares. Since 2009, Eric, now VP and General Manager, provides guidance and direction for the bulk of the employees while as President & CEO, Bill provides strategic direction, networking connections and manages marketing. Eric and Bill work synergistically building TruTech into a better company every day. Jim Jr., better known as simply Jim Bergmann, has moved through a couple of companies incrementally increasing his influence on the HVAC diagnostic world. Now at his current company, MeasureQuick, Jim and his team have created the one and only multi-brand wireless tool platform that can stream data and run diagnostics to help all HVACR technicians work at a higher level.

TruTechTools Expansions: 2012, 2105, 2019

As our business grew, we continued to add staff, products lines (now almost 90!) and many, many products. Accommodating all this growth required expanding, then moving our facilities, as shown in the image above. It’s really amazing to think back to our first sale on April 23, 2007 was a single testo 905-T1 (version 1) Stick Thermometer shipped from a spare bedroom in Jim Sr.’s house.

INC 5000 Awards

We continue to be humbled that our progress as a business has not gone without notice. In addition to receiving awards, like the INC 5000 awards shown above, in 2019, Eric and Bill were nominated as Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. Our efforts on behalf of our customers continue to earn us high praise in our third party managed customer reviews: Facebook, Google Reviews and Shopper Approved.

HVAC Social Media Influencers
Bryan Orr, Zack Psioda, Gary McCreadie, Stephen Rardon, Mike Mayberry

Starting in about 2016, we’ve enjoyed great relationships with a number of social media influencers in the HVAC trade. Each one has their own style, followers, channels and methods. The variety is pretty intense. From Facebook pages, to Podcasts, to videos, to livestreams to Instagram posts and more, one thing they all share is a passion for learning, educating and sharing what they know. If you get a chance check out and follow some of our leading partners: Bryan Orr, Zack Psioda, Gary McCreadie, Stephen Rardon and Mike Mayberry.

Not to be left behind by the podcast generation, and at the encouragement of Bryan Orr, TruTech owner, Bill Spohn, started hosting two podcasts in 2017: RESTalk for RESNET and Building HVAC Science for TruTech.

On left new logo (2019) on right original logo from 2007

Another outward change we made was to redesign our trusty logo which served us so well for more than a decade. The new logo incorporates elements of the old one, but allows for a more compact delivery in new media. We added the tagline Quality Tools, Essential Support in 2016.

We have multiple definitions for the three blue Ts in the logo besides TruTechTools:

  • They are pillars of a blue collar workforce helping to support and benefit a green world.
  • They represent the three important groups of people for us: Customers, Employees, Vendors & Industry Colleagues
  • They stand for three things that we hope our efforts achieve through the work done by our customers: C-H-EE: Comfort, Health and Energy Efficiency (see vision and mission below)
  • They represent the three customer groups we focus on HVAC/R technicians, Building Performance technicians and Air Quality for Consumers
  • We also like the way the number of letters in our name stack up in an integral Pythagorean ratio of 3:4:5: Tru (3) Tech (4) Tools (5)

We have also recently crafted our Vision and Mission and Brand Promise:

  • Vision: All people live and work in Comfortable, Healthy, Safe and Energy Efficient homes and buildings.
  • Mission: Provide quality diagnostic tools and training for HVACR and Building Performance technicians to succeed in fulfilling our vision.
  • Brand Promise: Making it fast and easy for techs to work at a higher level.

As we think about where we are headed, it’s impossible to ignore the impact that the CoronaVirus Pandemic has had and will continue to have on the world, including the world of HVAC. Perhaps you’ll be reading this 1 or 2 or 5 years down the road and the impacts will be well understood and accepted.

At this point, we really don’t know.

From our vantage point at this moment on April 23, 2020, we do know we won’t change the principles by which we operate. That is to take care of people; people in our families, our company, our community, our customers and our vendors.

For it is with this spirit of care for others we were founded, and with this spirit we will continue to serve and thrive.

Until next time.

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Coupon codes now work for Testo brand products!

Testo logoCoupons are back for Testo!

Use your favorite coupon code on all brands, including Testo!

(Sorry, Fluke and FLIR still do not allow coupon codes.)

No need to login into your account anymore to save on Testo! Just use your favorite code and checkout!

A few of our most popular are listed below with links to who is associated with them. All codes below are 8% off your entire order! Check out their content!

Coupon codes are entered at the cart or checkout page in the “Apply Coupon” box. If you have any trouble, just reach out!

Call us weekdays during business hours (eastern time zone) at 1-888-224-3437, toll free US & Canada.

Or email us at info@TruTechTools.com or chat/leave a message on our LiveChat – www.TruTechTools.com


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Slides and video link for Zone Pressure Diagnostics Webinar

How much leakage is through the attic, the basement, the attached garage? The only method for answering these questions is Zone Pressure Diagnostic (ZPD).

This video addresses the ZPD basics to the advanced features. Learn about non-modifiable and modifiable zone analysis, the use of your digital manometer for ZPD testing, and the meaning of your results. The accurate and cutting-edge free Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) ZPD tool will be used for examples.

In this video you will:
* See the tools needed to perform ZPD
* Learn how to conduct a modifiable ZPD test to an attic, attached garage, or basement
* Hear discussed the results of modifiable zone analysis, including flow at CFM50 and area of leakage in each pressure boundary

Here are the slides from this presentation:RED ZPD with TTT May 2017

Learn from one of the best: Rick Karg from http://www.ResidentialEnergyDynamics.com

Go to his site for the best online calculators for Residential Energy Analysis.

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Announcement: TruTech Tools 10th Anniversary Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners in the TruTech Tools 10th Anniversary drawing!

winner map
Austin M., Niagara Falls, NY                           TJ G., Catonment, FL
“Willie” L., St Louis, MO          Mike K., N. Mankato, MN
Daniel L., Orland, CA
I spoke with each one of them last night and they truly seemed thrilled!
I heard comments like:
“Come on, you’re kidding me!”
“I NEVER win anything!”
“I thought you were pulling my leg.”
“I was just looking at my ratty, old tool bag AGAIN today.”
We’d like to again thank our vendors that participated and made this awesome giveaway possible:
stuffed pack vendors
Here’s what each winner will receive:

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Using Zone Pressure Diagnostics for House Leakage Analysis


Using Zone Pressure Diagnostics for House Leakage Analysis

REGISTER FOR May 11, 2017 at 11 am Eastern: CLICK HERE

REGISTER FOR May 24, 2017 at 4 pm Eastern: CLICK HERE

How much leakage is through the attic, the basement, the attached garage? The only method for answering these questions This webinar addresses the ZPD basics to the advanced features. Learn about non-modifiable and modifiable zone analysis, the use of your digital manometer for ZPD testing, and the meaning of your results. The accurate and cutting-edge free Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) ZPD tool will be used for examples.

In this session we will:
* List the tools needed to perform ZPD
* Explain how to conduct a modifiable ZPD test to an attic, attached garage, or basement
* Discuss the results of modifiable zone analysis, including flow at CFM50 and area of leakage in each pressure boundary


Taught by Rick Karg

R Karg 2 2015Rick Karg is President at Residential Energy Dynamics (or RED) He received his M.A. in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1972. He taught economics at New Hampshire College and spent ten years as a building contractor before beginning his long career in the residential energy field.
He has worked with the DOE low-income weatherization program on national and state levels, is a frequent presenter at national energy conferences, has worked with gas and electric utilities, writes curricula, standards, and codes. Rick has been on the ASHRAE 62.2 committee since 2007, and serves as an editorial adviser for Home Energy magazine. He has been developing and marketing software for residential energy analysts since 1995.

He received the 2015 Phillip C. Hastings award from Efficiency Maine for “his outstanding leadership in the field of building science and energy efficiency”. In 2016 he was inducted into the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Hall of Fame.

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TruTechTools 10th Anniversary Contest

Help us celebrate 10 years in business with by entering our contest!

CLICK HERE to enter to win one of five (5) Limited Edition Veto TechPac stuffed with over $1200 in products.

10th anniv imageThese Limited Edition TechPacs (unstuffed) are also available for purchase: www.trutechtools.com/10thAnniv
Simply fill in the form at the link with three (3) phrases that come to mind when you think of TruTech Tools.
Be sure to fill in all your contact info. Only one entry form per person will be accepted.
Prize drawing will be at random from all properly completed entries.

Increase your chances of winning by shooting a video stating three (3) phrases that come to mind when you think of TruTech Tools. A video entry is worth five (5) entries and may be done in addition to the text/form entry. Email a link to your video entry (videos only, please) to TTTcontest@gmail.com. Video must be at least 1 minute long but no longer than 3 minutes. Multiple video entries will not count more than once towards the drawing.

By completing a form or emailing in a video, you release all rights for any content you create to TruTechTools, LTD. Any taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

Contest closes on April 21, 2017 at 11:590PM Eastern. Winners will be announced on April 28, 2017 via social media and our website. Contest open to US residents only that are over 18 years of age.

TruTech Tools 10th Anniversary Contest Rules

Prizes in the pac:

TTT 10th Anniversary Prize Pack TOTAL VALUE-> $1,650
Brand Items Value
VETO Limited Edition TruTech 10 th Anniversary Veto Tech Pac $269.95
FooBot FooBot Indoor Air Monitor $199.00
Testo Refrigeration SmartProbes kit, plus testo swag $266.00
Bacharach Snifit CO Detector $249.95
UEI DL479 Electrical meter $99.95
RedFish Redfish BlueTooth Multimeters with current clamp and case $230.00
Black Mamba Work gloves $2.64
Hilmor Hilmor 6″ Shaft 7Pc Mag ND Set 3/16″ – 7/16″ LHSM7PC 1839075 $70.95
Hilmor Hilmor Quick-Engage Flare+Swage Kit 3/16″-3/4″ FS 1838947 $211.00
Hilmor Hilmor 1885412 6 inch Diagonal Cutting Plier $25.33
Hilmor Hilmor 1885424 8 Inch Wire Stripper $25.33

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ASHRAE 62.2 (2016): Using the New Standard in the Field


Below are links to the slides and a recording of a webinar presented in March 2017 by a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee. Viewers will understand how to use the new ASHRAE 62.2-2016 Standard, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings. The presenter, Rick Karg, focuses on existing dwellings and covers the details of the new ventilation Standard. The steps of sizing ventilation, both local and whole-building, are addressed in detail using the free web application by www.ResidentialEnergyDynamics.com (RED). [Note: Karg is the president of RED.]

New features of the 2016 Standard are made clear, including expanded scope, horizontally-attached dwelling considerations, de minimis for existing dwelling whole-building ventilation rate, updated provisions for new kitchen exhaust fans, and clarification of the alternative compliance path. With the help of the free, online RED ASHRAE 62.2-2016 tool, viewers will be able to accurately calculate ventilation needs for any existing or new dwelling.

Intended viewers: building performance and HVAC contractors, low-income weatherization analysts, code enforcement officers, or anyone interested in learning more about ASHRAE 62.2-2016.

Slides: ASHRAE 622-2016 Using the New Standard in the Field 2017

Video Recording of Webinar: LINK

Need tools for ventilation testing?: www.TruTechTools.com/

Need advice on how to test? Call 1-888-224-3437


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HERS Rater Training in May

HERS Raters are qualified to: perform duct tightness and blower door testing for home builders, certify projects for the ENERGY STAR program, rate new homes in all states (except CA), and assist homeowners with problems such as ice dams, moisture, and mold.

Become a HERS Rater with the NEHERS Alliance!
Early Bird Discount: Register by April 11th and get $200 off!

Online Component:

May 1st-May 12th, 2017 – Weekdays 9am-12pm

5-Day Classroom/Field Component:

May 15th-19th, 2017 –  Weekdays 8:30am-5pm – Fitchburg, MA

Training Fee is $2495 (Get $200 off if you register by April 11th!) and includes $1895 for the combined online and classroom components and all four RESNET exam fees, a $600 value.

The training includes: a brand new module to prepare students to take the Practical Simulation Exam;  all four RESNET Exam Fees- including the new Practical Simulation Exam ($600 total value); the Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value); a one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($50 value); 30 hours of online study; 5 days of classroom/field study; a thorough review of basic energy concepts; field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting; two of the five supervised ratings required by RESNET; and training on the latest version of rating software. Both online and classroom components are required for rater certification. Final registration deadline is April 18, 2017. For more information contact Betsy Ames at betsy@nehers.org or call/text 978-633-3013 or register online at http://www.nehers.org/event?EventID=1555. Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Linked In!

See the brochure:


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Pollutant sensors and their implications

Free online event, too

Personal Environmental Exposure Measurements: Making Sense and Making Use of Emerging Capabilities

November 16-17, 2016
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center, Room 100, 500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

http://nas-sites.org/emergin…/personal-exposure-measurement/WEBCAST will be available.

“…This workshop will explore the nuanced implications of citizen access to individual-level environmental exposure data. The workshop will bring together environmental health researchers, social scientists, business and consumer representatives, science policy experts, and other professionals at the forefront of emerging technologies, ethics, science communication, and public engagement. Workshop participants will provide an overview of the trends, tests, technologies, and other emerging capabilities that enable access to individual-level environmental exposure data, and discuss their implications for risk communication, public engagement, decision making, among other key considerations for both scientists and citizens.

Register now:

Preliminary Agenda

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Linda Wigington on IAQ Radio: Nov 11, 2016 12 PM EST

The Nexus of Energy and IAQ
& Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS)
IAQ Radio (www.iaqradio.com) welcomes energy efficiency and building science expert Linda Wigington. Through her company, Linda M. Wigington Associates, she is involved in initiatives to evaluate and redefine the process, scope, and value of residential energy reductions.
The program airs on Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at noon, Eastern time. Listen in by clicking this link: www.iaqradio.com. It will be archived for later listening at the same link a few days after broadcast.
She is demonstrating the feasibility of achieving deep reductions (beyond 70%) in existing dwellings through North American Thousand Home Challenge.
Some may know her better as being the founder of and being associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from its inception in 1986, (when she worked for ACTION-Housing in Pittsburgh, PA), through 2013. As program director, she convened the program committees and confirmed the agendas for over 50 North American and regional conferences. These events have been instrumental in promoting an integrated approach to health, safety, durability, and energy performance.
Linda has also been a technical consultant for residential utility programs. She was a founding member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) board of directors (2009) and is a board member of Community Solutions based in Yellow Springs, OH, and Cornerstone Care, a community health center serving several counties in southwestern PA.
She has led the Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Air ROCIS initiative since its inception in June 2014, and the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project since it began in September 2015. In the past Linda served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International’s Green Team and is currently on the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine. She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. LEARN MORE with Linda Wigington on IAQ Radio!

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