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IR - Worth a Thousand Words

September/October 2008
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 07, 2008
An infrared camera can become a top tool in your home performance toolbox.
An infrared camera and the ability to understand and interpret thermal images help contractors to find sources of energy loss, and to confirm that the problem has been solved. Energy conservation is the hot topic today, and the need to reduce ever-increasing energy costs is a priority. Homeowners are looking to contractors for help in finding the sources of energy loss, and in making improvements that will realize the greatest possible savings. To meet this demand, today’s residential remodeling contractors need to be about more than design and aesthetics.  They need to think in terms of high performance and energy efficiency on every job. An infrared camera and the ability to understand and interpret thermal images helps contractors to find sources of energy loss, and to confirm that the problem has been solved after the necessary work on the home has been done. IR 101 Thermal, or infrared, energy is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye. It is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat.  Unlike visible light, everything in the infrared world with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat.&...

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