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By Chris Balzer
Now that we know the definition of thermal imaging, what is it used for and how can it help us?
A thermo graphic camera (infrared camera) detects infrared light (heat) invisible to the human eye. This characteristic makes these cameras incredibly useful for all sorts of applications, including security, surveillance, detection and military uses. Archeologists deploy infrared cameras on excavation sites. Engineers use them to find structural deficiencies. Doctors and medical technicians can pinpoint and diagnosis problems within the human body. Firefighters peer into the heart of fires and can detect fires not visible to the eye. Utility workers detect potential problems on the power grid or find leaks in water or gas lines and astronomers use infrared technology to explore the depths of space.
There are many different tasks and different types of thermal imaging, however; each camera relies on the same set of principles in order to function, using the heat given off by an object to produce an image. At ECES (Emerald Coast Energy Solutions), we are not archeologists, medical doctors or firefighters. We are passionate about finding and curing energy inefficiencies in your home to make it more comfortable and efficient, saving you money. That’s why we use Thermal Imaging when we inspect homes, for quick and accurate identification. An infrared camera can help diagnose a variety of home performance problems, including air leaks, missing insulation and thermal bridges.
Using thermal imaging allows us to see what other devices can’t. When hot and cold spots are identified using thermal imaging, this can be a sign of missing or inadequate insulation. Further visual inspections may reveal insulation was moved during fixture installation and not properly replaced. Air leaks can also be identified with a thermal imaging camera. Air leaks occur when the warmer or cooler air from the outside leak into your home through cracks and holes. Some common areas where air leaks happen are; light fixtures, electrical receptacles, windows and doors, attic entrances, and plumbing penetrations.
Once identified, we can seal these leaks and correct insulation making your home more energy sound. Most homes and homeowners can benefit from having a thermal imaging inspection and using this technology saves time, accurately identifies problem areas and once addressed, increases comfort and saves energy.
Chris Balzer is Founder and President of Emerald Coast Energy Solutions and resides in the Santa Rosa Beach area with his wife and three children. For more information on how to save money and become energy efficient, schedule an inspection by calling (850) 588-2870, visit www.trusteces.com or email email@example.com and Beat the Heat!