Inspecting commercial buildings and homes with a thermal imaging camera is an effective and non-invasive method of monitoring and diagnosing building conditions. Thermal imaging technology has evolved into one of the most useful diagnostic tools for building inspections. With the help of a thermal imaging camera, you can easily find hidden issues early on, allowing you to repair them before they become severe and expensive to repair. Thermal cameras help you locate and detect building failures that may otherwise go undetected until they become problematic. Thermal inspections are the only non-contact technique of building investigation, removing the need to physically inspect behind a finished structure.
With the dramatic increase in energy prices, many building owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the efficiency of their structures. Themo Elite Inc. can conduct an energy audit to detect heat loss and insufficient insulation installation. Infrared thermography is an effective tool for assessing heat loss in residential as well as commercial buildings.
A home efficiency survey can be used to confirm issues caused by poor design, bad construction, or material failure. Thermal imaging is a critical quality control measure when building, inspecting, renovating, or auditing a home because it detects heat loss that is invisible to the naked eye. Thermal imaging cameras are a well-known inspection tool for revealing critical information such as heating malfunctions and drafts, highlighting where energy efficiency improvements are required.
Infrared Thermography provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to evaluate the energy efficiency of a typical residential structure and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems. With the help of thermal imaging, it becomes easier to understand building problems and how to go about having them repaired.
An infrared energy inspection enables you to “see” energy loss patterns in your commercial building. It can detect heat escaping around windows and doors, as well as from the roof of buildings. At Thermo Elite Inc. our inspection team interprets the infrared data and provides you with a comprehensive report following our on-site inspection.
As a result, you’ll have a better understanding of your building and where heat loss is occurring. Energy costs can be significantly reduced by addressing issues such as missing insulation and weatherization flaws around doors and windows.
How does It work?
While other infrared tools, such as spot radiometers and thermal line scanners are available, a thermal imaging camera is the most accurate device for energy audit inspections. The camera detects heat differences and temperature signatures by reading infrared radiation. The camera detects light that is within the heat spectrum, which exists just beyond the visible spectrum. Different heat signatures are displayed as a gradient color scheme in the camera’s viewfinder, with hotter areas displayed as brighter colours and cooler areas as darker colors.
An inspector can view this data on the camera to make observations and detect flaws. Inspectors can learn a lot about the building envelope by looking at the hottest and coldest spots. Images captured with the infrared camera can be included in the inspection report alongside digital photos of the same problem area.
Use of thermal inspection to identify heat loss spots in various parts of a building
When air escapes through your attic, your HVAC system has to work harder to heat or cool your home, consuming more energy. Improving the energy efficiency of your attic helps to keep your home at a comfortable temperature while saving you money on heating and cooling expenses.
The attic is the area of the house where infrared cameras have the most impact. Attics are particularly vulnerable to air leaks, poor ventilation, and faulty insulation. Infrared cameras can detect these problems and determine whether or not a home’s sealing, insulation, and ventilation are adequate.
If they are not, the camera’s thermal image identifies problem areas and allows for a more thorough diagnosis and plan of action. You should have your attic inspected regularly to ensure that any flaws are detected and repaired as soon as possible.
Windows and Doors
Over 20% of a home’s heat is lost due to poor door and window insulation. Even if your insulation and HVAC system is in good working order, heat is being lost through windows and doors. When the windows and doors are closed, no air should be allowed in or out. Window and door seals that are damaged are a widely known source of energy loss.
Over time, these seals can be damaged or worn out. Small air leaks through them may go undetected for months or even years, but they can have a negative impact on energy efficiency and indoor comfort. Also, window panes are considerably thinner and they also cause a significant amount of heat loss from the house. Unlike walls, the panes quickly let out warm air.
Since you cannot see the air leaking through doors and windows, a thermal imaging camera is a great tool because it can see what your eyes can’t. The camera can detect air leaks and missing insulation in your building’s doors and windows. With the help of thermal imaging, it is easy to find heat loss areas around doors and windows as those areas will appear differently on the infrared imaging camera. After inspecting the doors and windows from inside and outside, our inspection team will record footage and images of heat differences and will provide a detailed report on energy loss due to leaks, faults, or window and door. Once the faults are detected you can get them repaired promptly.
Anyone who has lived in an inadequately insulated home understands how difficult it can be to keep your home warm, cool, or simply livable. Small sections of missing insulation can make a significant difference in your energy bill as well. Inadequate insulation allows heat or cold to infiltrate, resulting in hot or cold spots on your walls or ceiling when viewed with a thermal camera.
Thermal inspection can quickly pinpoint areas where your building’s insulation is leaking. At Thermo Elite Inc. we know where buildings should be insulated as well as the notorious leak spots. Our experienced staff will capture images from outside as well as from inside of the building to find thermal variations in the air around the house.
After a thorough inspection of your building, we will provide you with a detailed report about where the insulation is poor so that you can fix it easily. Repairing the issue of missing insulation is a relatively simple way to significantly reduce your energy bill and improve the thermal qualities of your home.
Cracks in Exposed Concrete
Buildings may develop cracks over time for a variety of reasons. These cracks are often not good for building insulation and will allow air to enter or exit the building. Fortunately, these minor cracks are easily detected with thermal imaging cameras. Thermal imaging cameras will detect the major temperature difference between the outside and inside air and will highlight where the air is leaking from the building.
Once the building inspection is done using thermal cameras, a report will be generated caring all the details about the location of the cracks. When the hotspots are found you can get them repaired.
Air leak inspections
Controlled air exchange is required for occupant safety, however, most buildings waste a significant amount of energy due to excessive, uncontrolled air leakage. Leak remedies can be simple, but finding them without the use of infrared technology remains difficult.
The stack effect causes significant air leaks near attics and basements. The stack effect occurs when warm air rising in a home creates an area of low pressure at the lower levels and high pressure near the roof. Because of the pressure differences, warm air escapes from the top, and cold air enters near the bottom.
When the insulation is poor in your basement and attic, the cool air will keep leaking outside in summer while cool air in winter will enter inside your house. Under these conditions, your HVAC system has to work harder and you will end up paying huge energy bills. The infrared thermographic inspection helps in detecting such infiltrations in both residential and commercial buildings.
At Thermo Elite Inc. we will help you find the exact location of the infiltrations and what kind of infiltration they are. Our experts have years of experience in carrying out thermographic inspections and will help you find air leak hotspots in your building. Thermal imaging cameras are a powerful tool for identifying such problem areas. The source of air leaks can be hard to detect and visualize without thermal imaging. However, with a thermal imaging camera in hand, our inspection team can quickly identify the source of the heat issue, providing valuable advice on the best improvements and repairs to prevent energy loss.
Improved Energy Efficiency
The ability to document and report findings is perhaps the most valuable aspect of infrared inspection. Reach out to us today if you want a thermal inspection for your residential or commercial building in Ottawa.