What Is Thermographic Inspection?
There are many ways to evaluate the energy efficiency of a house. Here at Home Energy Experts, one of the cutting-edge techniques we utilize during home energy evaluation is thermographic inspection. A thermographic inspection is performed by an energy auditor to detect thermal defects in buildings. It relies on infrared cameras to find these defects, usually in the form of air escaping through the nooks and crannies of a structure. This can help to let the homeowner know whether their home is energy efficient, or if work needs to be done to keep air from seeping out.
How Does Thermography Work?
Thermography relies on infrared cameras to capture still images and video to measure surface temperatures in a building. Images and video from the infrared technology can show an energy auditor how the temperature varies throughout a building, displaying bright colors when representing warmer areas and dark colors for cooler ones. As a result of this technology, inspectors get a better idea of where insulation might be necessary, whether insulation already present is effective, or if insulation needs to be reinstalled correctly.
A thermographic inspection can either be done on the interior or exterior of a building. Generally, it’s up to the energy auditor to determine which option would work the best based on current weather conditions. Interior inspections are more common and more accurate, mostly due to the challenges of inspecting a building’s exterior in windy conditions.
Benefits of Thermographic Inspections
In addition to identifying air and insulation shortcomings, there are other benefits of thermographic inspections. These scans can detect the following:
- Leaks: Whether on your roof or elsewhere, areas of moisture can be thermally detected and revealed as problem areas.
- Electrical System Problems: A thermographic inspection can locate problems in a building’s electrical system, including loose wires that can lead to appliances running inefficiently.
- Structural Issues: Thermography is a common non-destructive tool in investigating structural anomalies.
How to Prepare for a Thermographic Inspection
When a homeowner plans on having a thermographic inspection done, they need to be prepared ahead of time so that they can get the most accurate results possible. Moving furniture away from the walls and removing any drapery is an important step that can ensure that the thermographic scans are more accurate. It should also be no colder than 20 degrees Fahrenheit outdoors during the time of the scan.
If thermographic evaluation or any other element of home energy inspection interests you, contact Home Energy Experts today. We lead the Reno-Sparks area in comprehensive, whole-house analysis of your energy usage. Find out why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our services – call now!