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Infrared Thermography: (Nearly) A Daily Tool

March/April 2008
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 07, 2008
The potential returns of using IR thermography for retrofitting of existing homes are immense.
Infrared (IR) thermography as a diagnostic tool for building performance has been under utilized. In the past the expense of the tools—from $25k to $60k—and their technological complexity have made them inaccessible to most contractors. Perhaps the biggest barrier has been due to a limited understanding of how to use the technology effectively and, consequently, a lack of day-to-day experience in diverse conditions. Thankfully, as the cost of the technology has decreased—to under $10k for many systems—more and more people are discovering the remarkable value it has in all stages of energy work for both new and retrofit buildings. And as more people use IR thermography regularly our collective foundation of field knowledge has grown substantially.

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