Thermal Image Energy Assessments

We can pinpoint energy loss locations so you can instantly see where your problems lie, providing you with information needed to improve your homes performance when it comes to energy consumption and associated costs.

What is thermal imaging
Infrared cameras see heat energy which is radiated from objects as well as reflected from other heat sources. The infrared camera isn’t x-ray vision, it cannot see through objects, rather it produces an image of thermal energy from surface temperatures. It can see anomalies mostly invisible to the naked eye and gives you information you need to take corrective action. The pictures give us the ability to visually see areas that are hotter / colder than others which includes stationary objects, water and air leaks.

Thermal imaging can be used on any age of structure, and yes, even newly built homes can have heating and cooling losses. Thermal imaging is a great tool to identify areas of energy loss such as air leaks at exterior walls, windows, doors, HVAC systems and ducts, missing or inadequate insulation, moisture intrusion (water leaks) on or within walls, ceilings, floors, including radiant floor heat systems and it can also detect ‘hot spots’ in electrical systems.

A home thermal image energy assessment is an affordable way to find heating and cooling losses and save money on future energy costs if noted deficiencies are corrected.

Advantages / Benefits

  • Thermal imaging involves no contact and is non-destructive to your home.
    It is fast and produces an image.
  • Safe and has zero environmental impact - camera is used from a distance and there is no radiation, chemicals or waste.
  • Inexpensive way to identify energy loss areas in your home.

What a Residential Thermal Image Energy Assessment includes
A residential thermal image energy assessment includes a scan of the home’s thermal envelope: walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, skylights. Leaks within the thermal envelope greatly affect the efficiency of the home’s energy consumption. Many of these leaks are not readily apparent or visible to the naked eye. Upon completion of the energy efficiency assessment a written report will be provided that includes the thermal images alongside digital pictures to depict the exact location of noted issues with our analysis. If deficiencies are identified we will provide recommendations for correcting the problem.

Often after locating deficiencies, fixing them is simple, affordable and possibly can be performed by the homeowner. Other repairs may require upgrading of building components and professional installation. If the homeowner elects to have Bender Construction Company, Inc. perform the suggested corrective measures, we will also perform a follow-up thermal image scan of the affected area(s) upon completion of the work at no additional cost.

Details and Preparation
Home thermal image energy assessments usually take 1-2 hours to complete depending on the size, style and age of the home. Homeowners should provide access to all areas of the home including the basement. To prepare for an interior thermal scan, the homeowner should take steps to ensure an accurate result which includes moving furniture away from exterior walls. The most accurate thermographic images usually occur when there is a large temperature difference (at least 20°F) between inside and outside air temperatures*. The HVAC system should be on for at least 24 hours prior to the thermal scan so the interior surface’s temperatures stabilize and the system should remain on during the scan, which helps identify air leaks.

*if a 20°F air temperature difference is not possible on the scheduled day/time the assessment may need to be re-scheduled to obtain optimum results.

Cost for a Residential Thermal Image Energy Assessment
$125 up to 1500 sq ft (basement counts as square footage)
$175 1501 to 2500 sq ft
$225 2501 to 3500 sq ft
$275 3501 to 4500 sq ft
$325 4501 to 5500 sq ft
5501+ sq ft call for quote

Scheduling and Questions
Call our office at (765) 589-8513 or email Tricia Tonagel-Bender at tricia@benderconstructioncompany.com to schedule your appointment or for more information.

Fall 2009 and Winter 2009/2010 Scheduling:
We currently are offering the Residential Thermal Image Energy Assessments only on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, during the hours of 9:00am - 3:00pm.

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