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Saving energy dollars with Infrared (Thermal) Imaging   Leave a comment

There are many building envelope issues that can generate significant heat loss, which causes energy dollars to be wasted in a not-so-tight home. And with the rising costs of heating fuels today, keeping a not-so-tight home comfortably warm can be very costly. Homeowners now have the opportunity to reduce their exorbitant monthly energy bills from our New England freezing winter months, and a good place to start would be a professional Infrared Home-Energy Efficiency Inspection.

An Infrared Home-Energy Efficiency Inspection is the use of an infrared (thermal) imaging camera that can actually “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from the walls, ceilings and floors of a home. It’s simply a non-invasive tool that is used to see what’s actually going on inside many living area walls, ceilings and floors. If there’s cold air infiltrating into a warm room, my infrared camera will sense this temperature difference that is transferring to the most inner surface of a living area and it will display these readings in a color and temperature format on  my IR camera screen. I will then interpret the readings directly to my client (the homeowner) and I will literally show them the real-time colorful images of the anomalies. I will then advise them on how to properly insulate these inefficiencies that are uncovered throughout their home. Infrared imaging is becoming the number one tool being utilized today to locate those concealed un-insulated wall and ceiling cavities.

While scanning a home for inefficiencies, I am also able to locate other hidden defects that may be lurking within the walls, ceilings and floors of a building. These anomalies include faulty electrical wiring (whether it is in the wall or exposed), to the presence of concealed Termites. Even a Mold build-up will affect the surrounding temperature of a surface and this moist area will be detected during a thermal scan.

A typical Energy Efficiency scan (on 2000 sq. ft. home) takes approximately 1 hour. This includes the actual thermal scan, obtaining both… the IR and digital images, then carefully interpreting and explaining my findings to my client. Once I finalize the infrared scan on-site, my findings will then be compiled into a professional report (at my office) and emailed to you in .PDF format within 24 hours. The fee on this particular IR scan will be $375.00. Pricing will always be based on the hourly scan, time of reporting and the distance traveled.

Every homeowner craves the opportunity to stop their hard earned energy dollars from slipping right through the cracks of their home, and I’m going to show them how it be accomplished with a little effort on their part. The costs of the infrared scan and upgrading an inefficient home will be recouped from the monthly heat savings alone. Not only will homeowners pay less on their heating bills, they’ll be enjoying the comforts of a warm home and alleviating those bothersome cold spots.

For those home owners who live in newly constructed homes and homes that have already been professionally insulated, and feel that their home is perfect, I’ve got news for you. I’ve been contracted by many builders who are curious as to how efficient their walls really were and I easily located inefficiencies throughout the home. I’ve also been contracted by homeowners who recently had their home professionally insulated and they simply wanted to know how tight the insulation was. To this day, I have failed to locate an insulation company that has filled every last cavity in a home. There will be imperfections and IR imaging will detect these insulation voids within minutes. There is no home perfect home and infrared imaging will prove that.

You will be hiring an expert who has a solid understanding of heat transfer laws, thermal dynamics and properties of why objects are hot or not or appear to be hot or not. My infrared camera allows me to identify hidden problem areas much faster and (in most cases) can avoid building owners from using invasive and destructive measures in order to pinpoint problem areas behind finished surfaces of their building. If you have any questions, please feel free to visit my website at http://www.massinfrared or call me at 978-683-4984.