Having an energy-efficient home is important. It’s not only environmentally responsible, but it lowers energy costs as well. Often, older homes will have undetectable drafts or air leaks that contribute to higher energy costs. It can be a good idea to have your attic and crawl spaces inspected for these leaks with a thermal imaging inspection.
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What’s a Thermal Imaging Inspection?
Thermal imaging is a non-invasive inspection technique that uses infrared lasers to record and film the temperature of your house, identifying energy-wasting leaks. In addition to identifying heat loss and air infiltration, an inspection can reveal missing or damaged insulation, show damaged heating systems, and pinpoint broken window seals. It can even help identify pest infestations! To prep for an inspection, homeowners should move furniture away from walls and windows. Inspections are typically done when there is a great difference between inside and outside temperatures.
Energy Efficiency Solutions
A thermal imaging inspection may help identify your home’s biggest areas of energy waste. Depending on the findings of the inspection, there are a number of techniques to address the problem areas and make the building as eco-friendly as possible.
1. Install a Radiant Barrier.
Too much summer sun can cause your attic to heat up and damage the air ducts, leading to unstable temperature conditions throughout the house and high cooling costs. A radiant barrier in the roof reflects heat back out of the attic, resulting in more comfortable house temperatures and lower energy costs.
2. Use Roof Baffles.
Roof baffles, also known as rafter vents, are vents that preserve airflow in attic insulation. Natural ventilation and many modern ventilation systems depend upon the airflow enabled by baffles.
3. Try an Attic Fan.
You don’t spend much time in your attic, but installing a fan in the rafters not only lowers the temperature of the attic, but also reduces the temperature of your living areas. A fan can even extend the life of your roof by taking care of moisture that accumulates above the shower and cooking areas.
4. Keep Your Air Ducts Happy.
Damaged or non-working air ducts can severely impact your home’s energy efficiency by making the temperature uneven. A blocked or damaged duct can even carry bacteria into the air. Make sure you regularly inspect and clean your air ducts, check for damaged or inefficient insulation, and replace damaged ducts as soon as possible.
5. Know Your Insulation.
Insulation works by resisting conductive heat flow; the more resistant (and more effective) it is, the higher its R-value. Verify the R-value of your insulation by consulting an insulation specialist, and check that you’re using the right kind (and amount) of insulation in your home.
Thermal imaging inspections can identify areas of low energy efficiency in your home, making it easier for you to determine what steps to take to improve your energy use. Learn more about our thermal imaging services, or contact us to set up an inspection.