You Don't Have To Be Superman To See Through Walls!
Thermal Infrared Energy is more commonly known as ‘Heat.’ Everyone is familiar with heat because of our sense of touch. In the simplest terms, infrared energy is light that we cannot see, but our bodies can detect as heat. It is part of the electromagnetic spectrum that includes radio waves, X-rays and visible light.
Thermography measures surface temperatures by using infrared cameras to see light that is in the heat spectrum. Images on the film record the temperature variations of the building’s skin, ranging from white or lighter colors for warm regions to black or darker colors for cooler areas.
Infrared images help the us determine where a problem in the thermal envelope of the home is and how severe it may be. Incorporating thermal photography into an energy audit serves as a quality control tool to ensure that insulation has been installed correctly and where air leakage occurs in the home’s conditioned envelope and duct-work. As use of a blower door and duct blaster will help determine and quantify how leaky the house and ductwork is, thermal photography will help us “see” where this invisible air leakage is occurring.
Infrared + Blower Door
Thermographic scans are commonly used with a blower door test running. The blower door helps exaggerate air leaking through defects in the building shell. Such air leaks appear as different color streaks in the infrared camera’s screen.