Given the winter of 2017 and 2018, it is only natural that people have concerns about what we will face in the next few months. The summer of 2018 was glorious for most of the United Kingdom but there are concerns that we may face months of cold, wet, snowing and very miserable weather. If a home is not in good condition, winter can be a depressing time of year at home, so it is best for homeowners to carry out tests before the worst weather arises.
Therefore, building firms and property specialists need to be aware that their clients want help in autumn and this is the ideal time to carry out heat loss surveys before winter.
Find out where and how your home is losing heat
Most modern heat loss surveys are carried out with a thermal imaging camera and they help to detect where heat loss is occurring in the home and this information helps to confirm why the home is losing heat.
This is the important part of the survey because when you know why the home is losing heat, you can stop this from happening.
Thermal imaging cameras detect the difference in the temperature and the findings offer insight into the reasons behind these changes. In an area that is a cold spot, it is common to find that dampness, condensation and mould are present. A pertinent reason for these problems could be faulty insulation or there could be a crack in the window that leads to air leaking in this part of the home.
Conditions make a significant difference with respect to thermal imaging
It is important that the conditions are right when using thermal imaging, as this will ensure that the findings are more accurate. The correct conditions are usually:
- The process is undertaken in the evening
- The heating in the home should be on
- The weather should be dry
- There should be very little or no wind
It may be difficult to ensure the last two mentioned conditions are present but if they are not, the findings may not be accurate. This means that the test must be rescheduled but when the conditions are correct, the information contained in a heat loss survey report is invaluable.
As you can imagine, it is important that this style of work is carried out by skilled and experienced professionals. This is highly technical equipment that offers detailed readings, so the user should have awareness of what is on offer with this style of equipment.
It is also important that the information is collated properly into an actionable review. Knowing why and where heat is escaping from a home makes a difference in resolving the problem and can usually lead to swift action. With winter fast approaching, there is still time to organise thermal imaging for your home or for any property which you have responsibility for.
If you are keen to have a heat loss survey carried out, get in touch with H.I.C.H. LTD and we will be more than happy to assist you.