20/20 Home Inspections
Thermal imaging for air tightness and energy efficiency are important quality control measures when building or renovating a home. Heat loss can account for up to 50% of total energy consumption in a building with causes ranging from air leakage through chimneys, attics and wall vents to badly sealed doorways, failing argon gas windows and missing insulation.
Thermal imaging cameras are well-established as valuable inspection tools that help reveal missing insulation, HVAC air flow and equipment issues, radiant heating malfunctions, compromised roofing, and much more. By detecting and locating patterns and sources of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye, thermal images provide convincing evidence in reports where improvements need to be made.
New buildings must meet modern energy efficiency standards and building codes. By reducing drafts and heat loss due to poor insulation, homes and businesses become more comfortable and customers conserve energy and save considerably on utility bills.
Adequate air exchange is important for occupant comfort, health and safety, but most buildings have a far higher rate of air leakage than necessary. The root cause is often poor design and/or construction which allows air to leak in or out. Without thermal imaging, the source of these drafts can be extremely difficult to detect and visualize. But with thermal imager in hand, inspectors and contractors can readily uncover the source of the heat issue, leading to helpful advice on the best improvements and repairs to stop energy loss.