FINDING AIR LEAKS IN YOUR HOME

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If your home has rooms which are difficult to heat or cool, your homes structure may be allowing conditioned air to leak out or unconditioned air to enter the structure. The only way to identify where air is entering or exiting the structure is through the use of an infrared camera. Recently, a homeowner requested Beach Infrared services to identify why the temperature of various rooms in her home varied so widely. Our infrared Energy Scan is a review of walls and ceilings in every room identifying missing/improperly installed insulation and air leakage. A full report with infrared and digital pictures is provided, the type of anomaly and recommended repair is also part of our report.

The energy scan of the home identified air leak (arrows are pointing to ceiling cavities where cold air has entered the structure) into the structure above the first floor ceiling, this air leakage was noted in multiple ceiling cavities extending from front wall in dining room clear across to the rear wall in the kitchen (Fig. 3-4). Additionally, there was leakage in living room from left to right walls (Fig. 1-2). Both of these rooms were substantially colder than other rooms on the first floor.

 

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Figure 1 & 2

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The energy scan also identified missing insulation in multiple locations on the second floor and air leakage at all front windows (arrows are pointing to air leakage).

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Infrared thermography is a great tool for identifying missing/improperly installed insulation, in side walls, attics and cathedral ceilings; it does wonders to help visualize HVAC duct leakage and already identified air leakage pathways. Thermal imaging is also a great tool to help pinpoint areas affected by moisture related building failures, such as plumbing leaks and roof leaks.