Have you had an independent heat loss survey of your home?
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Many homeowners are stunned to find out that their inefficient heating systems result in increased fuel costs to heat their homes each year.
These expenses not only pile up over time, but it will be very hard to maintain a warm environment when the temperatures outside begin to drop.
As a result, a full independent heat loss survey is highly recommended.
Why you need a heat loss survey?
With the use of infrared camera technology can detect and quickly and easily eliminate serious, undetected thermal inefficiencies in over 70 percent of all UK homes.
We can use thermal imaging to identify areas of potential energy savings by identifying heat loss sources. Those in the building industry rely on thermal imaging surveys to validate the building’s performance both domestically and commercially.
Heat loss is one of the main causes of rising utility costs, and a heat loss survey can help reduce this.
The increase in energy bills and the decrease in temperature that occurs as a consequence of unidentified heat loss.
A heat loss survey may be useful if you are having high energy bills or unexplained cold areas in your home or property.
Performing a thermal imaging survey to identify areas such as heat loss, air leakage, and moisture intrusion is an unobtrusive, efficient way to identify these problems. Usually, within 72 hours, the client will receive a complete report summarising the findings of the thermal imaging survey.
An in-depth analysis of the building’s strengths and weaknesses will be conducted during this survey. You will find out just how energy-efficient your building really is with a heat loss survey. A thorough understanding of how you can resolve and improve weak points when it comes to the conservation of heat is crucial.
Generally, when discussing heat loss in connection with a building, it is measured as the rate at which heat is allowed to pass through a building’s fabric from the inside to the outside. Using a thermal imaging camera, often known as an infrared camera, we can view the temperature range as if it were daylight.
Heat loss is classified into four types based on how it might occur: convection, conduction, radiation, and evaporation.
Any of these four heat loss paths may be the cause of your property’s inefficiency. In the worst-case situation, it may be any or maybe all of them.
What are the benefits of a heat loss survey?
- Loss of heat through walls and roofs
- Problems with dampness and condensation
- Insulation gaps and thermal bridges
- Pipes leaking beneath solid flooring
- Issues with the roof
- Insufficient loft insulation
- Window and frame issues
- Insufficient wall insulation
- Air leakage
- Inadequate fixtures and fittings
- Insulation that is missing or damaged
- Mould and damp
Every heat loss survey is followed by a detailed report that identifies issues and suggests improvements. Thermal imaging is the ideal tool for determining where heat is being lost in buildings. We can detect and pinpoint the source of your home’s heat loss.
By sensing temperature changes, the camera identifies areas where warm air is leaving your home or property. These cold areas, which may be caused by inadequate insulation, can result in moisture, condensation, and mould. Although there are more causes, such as air leakage around door frames and windows.
Where it is determined that poor insulation is causing the heat loss, we utilise a digital inspection camera to check the presence of any cavities and voids within the insulation.
After the survey is complete, we will prepare a report for you that identifies all the areas of your house or property that is losing heat and we will make recommendations for any required renovations or repairs.
How we perform a heat loss survey
A heat loss survey or any thermal imaging report should only be performed in the evening or early morning to get the most precise results. Your heating should be turned on, and the weather should be dry and there with no wind.
We never conduct a heat loss survey unless the circumstances are perfect.
If you’ve had a heat loss survey in the past on your property before and it wasn’t performed under these conditions, it may not be accurate.
What is the cost of a heat loss survey?
Various considerations must be considered, including the size and location of the property. We believe that we provide fantastic value in addition to outstanding service.
Please feel free to get in touch and we will be very happy to give you a more accurate quotation based on your requirements.
What are the best conditions for performing building thermal imaging surveys, also known as heat loss surveys?
Winter is the best time to conduct a thermographic survey or heat loss survey of a structure since the heating system is in use and the temperature differential between the inside and outside of the building is large enough to allow for accurate measurements.
Solar gain is minimised by conducting building inspections late at night or early in the morning when the sun’s rays have had the time to disperse, resulting in more accurate readings.
For an accurate survey, preparations need to be done to guarantee that the building fabric has been appropriately heated and that the temperature differential between the inside and outside air is no less than 10°C during the heat loss survey.
Prior to conducting a survey, the heating system should be running for at least a few days.
To ensure a 10°C differential in temperature between the inside and outside of the building on the night before the survey, the heating should be left on at a high setting throughout the night.
Prior to the survey, all windows and doors should be kept closed as much as possible to to preserve the building’s difference in temperature.