THERMAL IMAGING AND SHORTS FROM PROJECTS

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THERMAL IMAGING HELPS FIND PLACES THAT ARE LOSING HEAT OR BRINGING IN COLD.  

A THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA IS A TOOL FOR ENERGY AUDITS.  

WE MOSTLY HAVE HAD FUN WITH THIS CAMERA, SEEING ACTUAL TEMPERATURES OF SITUATIONS WE REMEDY. 

 

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COPPER CITY, MI
THIS IS A DRYER VENT (IN A BASEMENT) THAT LONG AGO LOST ITS DRYER.

SIPHONING HEAT RIGHT OUT INTO WINTER.

TEMPERATURE THAT DAY: MID 20s 

STARTED FOAMING, THEN REMEMBERED TO SHOOT IT.

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THIS IS A THERMAL IMAGE OF THE SAME SPOT.

COLD SHOWS UP AS DARK, HEAT AS LIGHT. 

THESE PEOPLE WERE LOSING HEAT AND MONEY!

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WE FILLED IT WITH SPRAY FOAM AND DUCT-TAPED OVER THE END.   

 

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THERE IT IS!  BROUGHT IT UP BY ~20°!

 

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CHASSELL, MI – HOUSE WITH RADIATOR HEAT, BASEMENT

THESE ARE TWO HOT WATER PIPES RUNNING UNDER THE GROUND FLOOR. 

THE THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA HAS THIS SETTING,
‘VIEW-IN-SHOT.’ 

 

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WE PUT PIPE INSULATION ON HER HOT WATER LINES.

WE SHOT THE TEMPERATURE AGAIN AND IT IS 10° COOLER.

SHE PAYS LESS BECAUSE SHE IS SAVING HEAT. 

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THIS IS A SHOT OF AN OUTLET ON AN OUTER WALL. IT REALLY DIDN’T SHOW UP, HENCE, CRUDE DRAWING.

THE COVER IS OFF. WE PUT A GASKET ON. 

OUTER WALL OUTLETS CREATE A ‘THERMAL BRIDGE,’
WHICH IS A STRAIGHT SHOT FOR COLD AIR PENETRATION INTO A HOUSE.

 

 

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IT IS STILL HARD TO SEE, BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THE TEMPERATURE SHOT UP TO A MUCH TOASTIER NUMBER. 

ALSO: CHILD-PROTECTIVE PLUGS IN UNUSED PLUGS KEEPS THE WIND FROM BLOWING THROUGH THEM, TOO. 

 

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THIS IS AN OUTLET GASKET.

1. FLIP THE CIRCUIT BREAKER OFF.
2. TAKE OFF SWITCHPLATE OR OUTLET COVER.
3. PUT THIS ON IT, REPLACE COVER.
4. DO THIS FOR EVERY OUTER WALL LIGHT SWITCH OR OUTLET. 
5. THEN TURN THE CIRCUIT BACK ON AGAIN. 

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