In this video, learn how thermal imaging and thermal cameras can help you reduce your energy consumption at home.
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Vincent Levistre, a community hub coordinator for Energies Solidaires, takes us through the thermal imaging walks they offer they offer to the public, which show how well homes perform in terms of energy efficiency, and highlight areas that don't retain heat effectively.
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What is the aim of an Energy Information Space?
Community Hub Coordinator, Energies Solidaires
We'd like to accompany people who are struggling, who are finding it difficult either to pay their bills or to heat their home to the minimum level necessary to be comfortable.
We'd really like to centre our work on that.
Helping people in need.
Offer them guidance;
first of all through eco-tips since these are the most simple ways of saving money when you're short of funds in the place
And working alongside them so that they may benefit from financial aid and specific support with building work.
What are thermal imaging walks?
Thermal imaging walks are a means of raising awareness that we've been offering now for 7 years. The let individuals discover the heat-loss spots in their home.
We identify the notable points, the houses we're going to work on.
And we invite residents to join us on this outing for 1 or 2 hours, and then we stop at each home and explain the points that are interesting to observe
What is a thermal camera?
Thermal cameras use a colour code which varies depending on the palette you choose.
The classic palette goes from red to blue.
The redder the image, the hotter the area.
The bluer the image, the colder the area.
So when we're standing outside a home on a thermal imaging outing, the building's weaknesses will primarily be identified by the hot points.
These points indicate the places in the building where the inside heat is escaping, and is therefore visible from the outside.
What can you see in the images?
In these thermal images, you can see a few different things.
You can see the different heat-loss spots in the home.
You'll be able to see this particularly through the thermal bridges in the picture.
These show all the weak points of the building relating to joints between the walls and the floors.
In certain cases, if conditions allow, you may also be able to see the heat-loss spots in the roof.
For example there may be some settling in the insulation, which means that a section of a roof is no longer properly insulated.
In some case you may also be able to see how the windows are performing.
You can even see more specific elements, such as radiators which have been installed against a wall and are heating it, meaning they can be identified from the outside of the building.
For the same reason we can also locate any chimneys. The hot air warms the flue and this hot airflow escapes outside.
What does a well-insulated home look like?
A well-insulated home, built to recent building standards, which include specifications on thermal bridges, will show a consistent facade which is almost entirely in the blue shades.
If you would like to save energy at home and find out about activities going on in your area, simply visit the website energysavingtrust.org.uk or find your nearest energy information space.
Check for thermal imagaging surveys available in your area