As the Florida summer draws nearer, it’s hard to forget what the coming months will bring: hot, sticky temperatures and lots of rain. We tend to seek refuge in our cool homes during these intense months thanks to the ever-pumping A/C. But what happens when your home doesn’t seem quite as cool anymore and your energy bill is through the roof?
If there are any weak or inefficient insulation spots in your home, you could be letting your money float right through the windows. How can you tell, though? More and more people are turning to thermal imaging to get the answers.
Thermal imaging devices use an infrared camera that produces an image showing different temperatures as different colors, the lighter the color, the hotter the temperature. Windows and doors are most commonly the culprits of inefficiency. This gives you an immediate answer to the question “Where is my cool air going?”
In addition to sensing where cool air is escaping, thermal imaging can show if there are any pockets of water hiding under you roof. Thanks to the sometimes torrential summer rains we get here in Florida, this is not all that uncommon. It can be a real serious problem if it doesn’t dry in a timely manner, it can produce mold and roof instability.
Sometimes, it takes a little money upfront to save a lot of money later. Thermal imaging can give you the information you need to make energy-efficient upgrades such as new doors and windows, roof repairs, or even simple changes like adding weather stripping to your doors. If you’ve noticed a decline in the coolness of your home or you’re looking to purchase a new home, it can be a good idea to perform a thermal imaging scan.