Keeping your home warm and energy-efficient is a priority for many homeowners. But what if unseen gaps and inefficiencies are costing you money and reducing comfort? A thermographic survey can reveal these hidden problems, helping you to make informed decisions about your property.

In this blog you’ll learn:

The UK’s housing stock is amongst the least energy efficient in Europe. Currently, housing accounts for 26% of all energy use in the UK. Of that, space and water heating accounts for around 80% of total domestic energy consumption. Lots of the energy we use escapes, providing little benefit and costing us money. This is why thermographic surveys to assess heat loss are vitally important.

What Is a Thermographic Survey?

Thermographic surveys have become increasingly sought after within the building construction industry for both new builds and existing properties. Thermal imaging surveys provide an instant and non-disruptive image of a building fabric.

Thermographers use specialised infrared imaging cameras to detect infrared radiation and thermal signatures emitted by objects and assess the integrity of the building fabric. Thermographic cameras work by detecting radiation in the long-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum to produce images of that radiation called thermograms. The level of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature. This results in warmer objects appear brighter in the resulting thermal images, allowing us to see the variations in temperature. This allows us to visualise temperature variations and identify potential issues in your building envelope.

To put it simply, a thermal survey allows you to identify areas where heat is escaping from your home.

Benefits of Thermographic Surveys for Homes

  1. Improved Energy Efficiency: By identifying heat loss areas, you can target improvements like additional insulation or addressing air leaks, leading to lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint
  2. Enhanced Comfort: Addressing thermal bridging and air leaks can create a more consistent and comfortable indoor temperature throughout the year.
  3. Early Detection of Problems: Catching issues like faulty insulation or moisture ingress early can prevent them from escalating into more expensive repairs. This includes identifying thermal bridging issues which often cause the cold spots that lead to condensation and potential black mould growth. Thermographic surveys can help pinpoint these trouble spots before they become a health hazard.
  4. Quality Assurance for Insulation: A thermographic survey acts as a quality check, ensuring that your insulation is installed correctly and at the specified thickness throughout the building. This helps identify any missing or poorly installed insulation that could be causing heat loss.
  5. Identify Air Leakage: Thermal imaging, combined with air tightness testing, is the most effective method for pinpointing air leaks in your building envelope. These leaks can significantly impact energy efficiency and comfort.
  6. BREEAM Compliance: Thermal Imaging Surveys can help meet BREEAM building sustainability standards – BREEAM assessments have credits available for testing and inspecting the buildings fabric by conducting a thermal imaging survey to BS EN 13187.

What Does a Thermographic Survey Involve?

  1. Consultation: We discuss your concerns, property details and objectives.
  2. Scheduling: Survey are ideal in colder months (most commonly between November and April) and conducted early mornings or late afternoon/evenings. This is to avoid direct sunlight, as surfaces need to be free of direct solar radiation from sunlight for at least 4 hours. For more information please read our blog on Thermographic Survey Requirements – this outlines key considerations to ensure optimal conditions for the survey.
  3. Survey: Our technicians capture thermal images of your home’s interior and exterior (typically 1-2 hours). Unlike many of our competitors, we perform internal and external assessments to provide a comprehensive understanding of where heat is being lost.
  4. Reporting: Within 5-10 business days, you’ll receive a detailed report with findings and thermal images. The findings can be used to improve the efficiency of heating and, in some cases, air conditioning units.
  5. Taking Action: By implementing the recommendations in your thermographic survey, you will not only save money on future energy bills but also significantly reduce your building’s carbon footprint. This benefits both your wallet and the environment.

Ready to See the Benefits?

Contact us today to schedule a thermographic survey today and take control of your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. We offer both residential and commercial thermal imaging surveys for new build and existing properties.

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