The results of an infrared survey can be delivered to the client as a technical report.containing high resolution images and recommendations to help resolve any problems. This can be invaluable for anyone who recently purchased a brand new house, and is finding it losing heat quickly. The report can provide a basis for discussion with the builder and NHBC to get things sorted. If this is you, call Tom on 01357 520557.

However for older properties, solutions to some of the heat loss problems we see are often much simpler, and would have been standard practice for previous generations. 

A good surveyor will seek to understand the needs of the client, and provide a tailored report that provides an appropriate balance of technical and practical.  

So if you live in an older property and are wondering what 21st century technology you could implement to make your house more energy efficient, before you reach for solar panels (or at least at the same time!) think back first to what you saw at your grandparents’ house! 

1.Closing curtains at dusk

Even if you have double glazing closing your curtains at dusk can make a huge difference to heat loss from the house – have a look at our thermal image gallery at http://www.thermalimageuk.com. Make sure the curtains are set to the window side of any radiators, and that they reach the floor or window sill, creating as much of a seal as possible. This will not only direct warm air from the radiator in to the room, but will restrict the amount of cool air that gathers and sinks from the relative coolness of the glass on to the floor. This unrestricted flood of cool air can create the sensation of draughts.

2. Draught-proofing

Remember the sausage dog behind the living room door that kept out the draughts?! While you need to ensure that you maintain adequate ventilation (especially if there is gas fire or similar), by simply cutting down on the level of draughts you can create a more comfortable living environment (particularly if your feet become warmer), and turn down the heating. 

3.Stop heat leaking up the chimney

If there’s an open fire and it’s not in use then use a chimney balloon (rather than the old newspaper from days gone by) to slow down the rate of warm air leakage up the chimney. While you might not have noticed the warm air leaking out through the chimney, you will have noticed the cool air getting sucked in from windows, floorboards etc to replace it!, and perhaps wrongly diagnosed the main source of the problem. Just slowing the rate of air flow down a little and eliminating some draughts can make a big difference. 

 

 

 

 

Call Tom at thermalimageguy (Thermal Image UK) on 01357 520557 if you would to arrange a survey or discuss how to cut your heating bills

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