Mike Farquhar from BSG was very friendly and efficient. He explained everything he was doing.
We were surprised what we learned from his review. We were amazed at some of the small
changes to our home that would make a big difference (ie. silicone under bedroom window trim).
We would recommend this service as it was well worth our time. Thank you!
Lisa Ward | September 2018
Thermal Imaging Is Ideal For Energy Audits And Home Inspections
Thermal imaging has proven extremely valuable in revealing compromised insulation (basement and attic) or doors and windows that have been poorly air-sealed.
Infrared thermal imaging provides accurate data about a building’s air tightness, and consequent energy efficiency. This type of diagnosis can be relevant when determining air leakage through walls, roofs, and attics. Indeed, imaging has proven extremely valuable in revealing compromised insulation (basement and attic) or doors and windows that have been poorly air-sealed.
How Do Infrared Thermal Cameras Work?
Their Accurate Diagnosis Of Heat Loss Allows For Cost-Effective Remedies
Infrared cameras have proven to be valuable inspection tools. It’s a technology that accurately pinpoints heat loss that would otherwise by undetectable to the naked eye. Additionally, whether the deficiency is related to air sealing or thermal insulation, imaging data will allow for the most cost effective improvements to be made. Thereafter, improvements can actually be monitored.
Detecting Air Infiltration And Exfiltration In A Building Structure
Whether it’s a residential property or commercial, the principal cause of air leakage is associated with construction flaws. The result is undesirable airflow in and out of the building envelope. As such, thermal imaging can detect the source and scope of air leakage better than other options. Consequently, this allows for repairs/retrofits to be made specific to the source of leakage.
BSG’s Expertise Is Key To Accurate Diagnosis And Assessment
Thermal imaging instruments are highly technical and require expertise. BSG’s skilled inspectors have in-depth understanding of building science and building construction, and have conducted many inspections over the years. This type of building diagnostics requires a professional who completely understands the nuances of air leakage, moisture collection, and thermal bridging.
Thermal Imaging For Interior And Exterior Surveys
Professionals Use Both Infrared Video Cameras And Infrared Still Cameras To Evaluate The Surface Temperature Of A Building Envelope.
When it comes to energy efficiency, thermal imaging can determine the areas where insulation has been compromised and where improvements have to be made in order to rectify the problem.
The resulting images (video or still) highlight temperature variations, with white areas showing the warm spots, and black areas showing cool spots. When it comes to energy efficiency, thermal imaging can determine the areas where insulation has been compromised and where improvements have to be made in order to rectify the problem.
Conventionally, a thermographic inspection should include an interior as well as exterior survey. With an interior survey, an experienced energy auditor can easily identify the areas where warm air is escaping. As for exterior surveys, they do provide additional data, but accuracy can be off, because outdoor weather dynamics can affect readings. This is exactly why an interior survey is usually more accurate, offering readings and results that are considered more reliable.