Infrared Thermal energy scans play a crucial role in lowering energy costs. We can show where warm or cold air is entering a home, identify sections of walls or ceilings with inadequate, settled or even no insulation at all in wall or ceiling cavities. It can check for undiscovered gaps and deteriorated weather-sealing around windows and door. Thermal Scans can check access plates for electrical outlets, phone jacks, canister lights, smoke alarms or ceiling fans that were not properly insulated after installation. Thermal imaging can also identify leaks in heating/air conditioning ductwork.
The photo’s below show entire wall and ceiling cavities with no insulation, poorly installed insulation and air leakage (bright areas are the where the insulation problems are located).
If your home has warm or cool rooms/areas and your heating/cooling systems are running all the time, the problem may be due to numerous small leaks around windows and doors and other difficult to locate areas. Thermal imaging is an important part of a full energy audit we perform for our customers.
A comprehensive energy scan can be performed, in any season, although for best results the outdoor and indoor temperature difference should be at least 18º.
Accessible portions of the building are evaluated, and infrared/digital photos are taken of suspected problem areas that show temperature or moisture signature anomalies. These photos are later analyzed then incorporated into a report that explains the problems identified and recommends solutions. In many cases the solutions can be inexpensive to implement, and may be done by the homeowner or a contractor of their choice.
The Energy Department of the US government recommends if you are purchasing a home, this also includes new construction; the buyer should have an infrared energy scan of the home.