Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

As our society advances we become a little wiser and learn from our mistakes. We also learn more about our environment and how we fit in it. The Earth’s population is rising rapidly and at this point in time it can be said that humankind is directly impacting the environment more than ever before. As one can imagine this impact is mostly negative. You may look at this and ask your self what you can do.

Well there are many things we can all do at the grass roots to make a positive change. To slow down and eventually halt this negative impact. One of the many things that we can do is to make our homes energy efficient. This will reduce the carbon footprint of our homes thereby reducing greenhouse gases.

At Scantherma we conduct Energy Audits using state of the art Thermal Imaging equipment. These inspections along with the accompanying reports have helped countless homes and business save money and lower their carbon footprint. The following are some areas we look at when inspecting buildings for energy efficiency using our thermal imaging cameras.

Insulation

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Missing insulation can be clearly seen here as the warmer orange to yellow colours.

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Again there is some areas with missing roof insulation in the corner of the room as seen in yellow.

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Here we can see some damaged roof insulation in yellow. The exposed tin roof is radiating heat into the roof space thus elevating the ambient temperature. This will in turn reflect the overall temperature of the building interior.

Air Leeks (infiltration – exfiltration)

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Here we can see the effects of air infiltration by the blue tones in the image. The room behind this door is air-conditioned and the cool air is pushing through micro-gaps at the bottom of the door.

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Cool air is pushing through gaps behind the garage roller door represented by dark blue.

Moisture

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In this image we can see an area with severe moisture damage in purple. This area was inundated by rain water pushing through small gaps in the exterior structure of the building.

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Structural damage in the building roof has allowed rain water to enter in and heavily damage this wall corner.

Heating / Cooling

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This image shows the flow of cool air from the ducted air-conditioner vents. As can be seen the cool air flow is concentrated in one direction.

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Cool air flow can be seen here in dark purple in the air vent.

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Heating vent can be seen here in yellow.

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Image of wall mounted reverse cycle air-conditioner unit after service. The blue shows unobstructed cold air flow.

Lighting

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Here we can clearly see a conventional down-light that has just been turned on.

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The same down-light after a few minutes of use. The core has heated up a fair amount and now shows the light at it’s optimum temperature range. Many similar lights heated up to above 80 degrees. These were later found to be faulty.

 

 Our FLIR Building Inspection Video.

You can find more of our FLIR videos on our YouTube channel here. Or if you would like to find out more about our Thermal Imaging services visit us here. Alternatively you can visit us at our Perth office here and one of our friendly technicians will be glad to help.