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Protect Your Home Investment

Understanding the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

By Paige Green
When buying a home today, regardless if it is an existing home or new construction, the greatest challenge is to better understand the operating cost of that home. As with an automobile, each vehicle performs differently in regards to operating cost and performance. The same applies to a residential home regarding the energy it takes to generate the levels of comfort that we expect and how the home is performing to keep moisture out.
Energy costs are the third largest expense of home ownership after your mortgage and taxes. Each year, millions of homes change hands of ownership. While an ordinary visual inspection is helpful in assessing major systems in your home, it is also important to inspect your home for energy efficiency and moisture issues by a qualified certified technician using the thermographic infrared technology.

A common issue that can be measured using the thermographic infrared technology is insulation values from both the attic and the sidewalls of the home exterior. This infrared scan of the home can identify potential issues with energy efficiency and moisture intrusion.
The United States Department of Energy recommends infrared inspections. The USDOE states the following, “You should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house. A thermographic scan performed by a certified technician is accurate enough to use as documentation in court proceedings.”
 
A camera similar to this one can perform an infared scan of your new home.
By having an infrared scan of the home before purchasing, you will be able to identify any insulation issues that the home may have and locate any moisture or water problems that are not visible. One of the biggest problems associated with water intrusion comes from the roof/attic area and from the window areas. No one wants to buy a home only to find out that the windowsills or frames are saturated with water, which can result in a costly repair or replacement. Another issue can be water running into the interior portion of the walls from a roof leak that is not visible.

If left undetected, energy efficiency and moisture issues will end up costing the new homeowner more money and aggravation. A thermographic infrared inspection by a certified technician can reveal these issues and save time and money. The costs for these services are inexpensive and range from $250 to as high as $450. Each inspection comes with a complete documentation of the inspection both infrared/ digital and written description of the findings.

Paige Green is owner of Thermegy Group LLC. Paige has been in the construction industry with over 20 years of experience and is a certified infrared technician. Paige can be reached at 515-224-3963, pgreen826@gmail.com.