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What is Thermography?

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Even though everything looks fine with your home, there can be issues that are just not possible to spot with the human eye. Heating and insulation problems fit into this category and other than feeling a bit hot or cold it can be pretty much impossible to see any signs that something is wrong.

Thermal imaging software is the perfect way to quickly spot heat related issues in your property. A thermographic survey will provide you with a solution to a range of issues with your home, whether that be spotting thermal leakages or ensuring that the insulation has been correctly installed.

Thermalume offers high quality thermographic imaging services using ABBE-qualified building thermographers. Whether you want to perform an energy efficiency assessment or check the compliance of a property, we can help you keep the heat in your home.

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What is a Thermal Imaging Survey?

A thermal survey (also known as a thermographic Survey) is an assessment on a property using an infrared camera. Unlike a normal camera that would capture a regular image using visible light energy, an infrared camera will allow you to see any variations in temperature.

They do this by detecting radiation that emits from all objects – hotter subjects give off more radiation and colder subjects give off less. This radiation is captured by the thermal imaging camera and converted into a visual image that clearly shows changes in temperature. Warmer subjects will stand out against colder subjects as they will be coloured differently. A popular colour visual is for warmer areas to be shown in reds, oranges and yellows, and colder areas to be shown in blues, purples and blacks.

When thermography is applied to buildings and construction developments, we can paint an image of how heat is working in the property. These detailed thermal imaging maps enable you to spot any areas where heat is escaping due to bad design or faulty equipment, which means you can make informed decisions on how to keep your house more energy efficient. Improving your properties energy efficiency will be kinder on your finances, make your home more comfortable to live in and be more environmentally friendly.


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What is the Use of a Thermal Imaging Survey?

A thermographic survey can give valuable information on your property that would otherwise be difficult to spot. Having a visual representation of how heat works in your property can allow us to make informed decisions that improve the energy efficiency of your home. Greater energy efficiency will keep your bills down, make your house more comfortable to live in and reduce the overall impact your property has on the environment.

Many suspected issues in your property can be difficult to locate. With a thermal imaging survey we can get a clear image of your property so we can instantly see where the problems lie. This will save you time in searching for the route of the cause, as well as money and stress from endlessly probing for issues.

Spotting air leakages is one of the primary functions of a thermal imaging survey. Leaks in your home make your property less efficient at heating, as any heat can escape and leave your property. A thermographic survey is particularly effective at finding leaks when used alongside an air tightness test.

Assessing the quality and installation of insulation is also a key reason to get a thermographic survey. Making sure that your property is correctly insulated throughout with no gaps for air to escape is crucial to having an energy efficient home. The thickness of the insulation can also be checked which would be a time consuming task without the use of thermography.

If you suspect damp in your property then thermal imaging can be used to help locate the problem. Alternatively, a thermal survey can be used to dispel any doubts you might have over a survey from a damp proofing company. Burst pipes can also easily be located without the need for costly, harmful searching that may not even locate the source of the problem.


What Happens During a Thermal Imaging Survey?

A thermal camera is set up on the premises and detects the radiation, records its varying intensity, and processes the results through software. Cameras on their own do not give sufficient information – the data needs to be processed through desktop software and analysed by an ABBE-qualified building thermographer.

A thermogram not only allows us to see heat, but it also gives us 76,800 bits of data which can be further analysed (for a resolution of 320 x 240px). In this way thermographers can get at the figures behind the image, run scripts and mathematically analyse inspection results.

The technology is exciting; however, to create a credible survey it is not enough simply to be comfortable with the tech. A building survey should be carried out by a practitioner who understands both the physics behind the thermal patterns he sees and the construction of the buildings he inspects.


Book Your Thermographic Survey With Thermalume

We offer high quality thermal imaging surveys using ABBE-qualified building thermographers to give detailed data on your property. This data can be used to boost the overall energy efficiency of your home, saving you money and making your property more environmentally friendly.

For more information on Thermal Imaging Surveys, please contact a member of our team today. Our phone lines are 07510 075657 or use our contact page to submit an enquiry.

Interior - Air Infiltration. Classic thermal pattern of "fingers" of cold air extending down the wall. Thermogram of a large, traditionally built early Victorian house in Surrey. A thermal image of a cold child's room. Internal wall insulation has been installed on the left hand wall but not on the right

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Thermal images are familiar to most people. Blue is cold and red is hot, right? However, there is far more to thermography than that. A thermal image is a temperature painting, rendered from of tens of thousands of individual temperature readings. This data can be analysed in sophisticated ways.

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