Home Energy Audit Tools

Infrared Camera - By far the coolest tool in sight! The use of an infrared camera is known as thermography. Thermography is used to show, in a non invasive way, the temperature and temperature variances in objects. It shows light in a heat spectrum. A good example is, with the infrared camera we are able to look at a wall and see the different wall temperatures and see where air is leaking. The temperature differences show up on the camera as different colors. Another important use of the infrared camera is to locate water or moisture intrusion behind walls (The hidden danger). Water and/or moisture infiltration may be a source of mold growth.

Blower Door - Another cool energy auditing tool that will blow you away! Designed to measure the air tightness of buildings, air leakage and to help locate air leakage sites. The blower door consists of a powerful, calibrated fan that is temporarily sealed into an exterior doorway. The fan blows air out of the building to create a slight pressure difference between inside and outside. As a result, the pressure difference forces air through all holes and penetrations in the exterior envelope.

Manometer - This is the brains of the blower door! The manometer is a multi-functional pressure and flow gage that helps us interpret what the blower door is telling us about the home.

Combustion Analyzer - Kind of like a psychologist for your combustion appliances! A hand-held measuring instrument used for the analysis of combustion appliances. Measurements and analysis include temperature, draft, carbon monoxide and efficiency.

Gas Leak detector - A lifesaver! One of the most important tools when it comes to home energy audits, this detects and pinpoints combustible gas leaks in gas pipelines, valves, regulators and meters on gas equipment. The user is warned both audibly and visibly.

Carbon Monoxide Detector - Another real lifesaver! Determines the existence carbon monoxide (CO) in the environment and warns the user visibly and audibly about dangerous gas concentrations. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless and highly poisonous gas caused by incomplete combustion. Exposure to carbon monoxide can be very dangerous and in extreme exposure can be life threatening. Below is a chart describing some of the symptoms associated with the exposure to CO.

   

All of these energy auditing tools are important to the process and can ensure the safety of your home. If you want more information about home energy audits, contact us today!