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INFRARED SCANNING
A tool for making you building more energy efficient 


Black area where ceiling meets the wall indicates poor insulation at this area


Black area at left window around the lower sash indicates air infiltration at the lower sash.

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Building owners are always looking for ways to cut costs.   One of the biggest costs associated with buildings is the energy to create heat and electricity that building owners have to face every month.  The problem is that you cannot see where your building is losing heat.  Infrared scanning changes all that.  

 

Infrared technology has come a long way in the last 10 years. But beware!  Recently there has been a flood of inexpensive low-resolution cameras on the market. Our camera is sensitive enough to show a clear, detailed picture of the problems in your roof. At this time only government agencies have access to better equipment.

 

It lets you see where cold or warm air is escaping from a structure.  Infrared takes the guess work out of finding air leaks and poorly insulated components of your building. Being able to “see” the problem is the first step in making cost-effective repairs.  It allows a building owner to concentrate on the issues at hand, saving money by making repairs and upgrades to known problems.  Sadly, many owners will elect to take a broad brush approach to energy conservation, replacing entire systems when only repairs or upgrades are needed.  This can be costly and often results in a diminished return with respect to energy savings versus money spent.

 

Infrared scanning can also detect outdated building components.  For example, the latest building code has greatly increased the R value requirements for windows.  An infrared scan will enable you to see if your windows are allowing high amounts of either heat, or cold, in and out of your building due to thermal transmittance.  Instead of replacing a window based on its age, an owner can make the decision based on the window's thermal performance.