Home Inspection – Energy Audit Photo Samples

Examples of Issues Found
During Previous Energy Audits

Example 1– The photos below include a visible light and infrared photo of air (dark areas) leaking into a room between the sub-floor and wall framing of a home. Do you have light-colored carpet in your home with dark stains around the perimeter of each room? This occurs when the carpet filters dirt from the air leaking into the room.

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Example 2 – The photos below include a visible light and infrared photo of a poorly insulated vault ceiling in the foyer of a home. Dark areas indicate heat loss due to the lack of an air barrier or thermal barrier. Proper insulation and air sealing are required.

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Example 3 – The photos below include a visible light and infrared photo of attic access stairs. The dark areas (cold) indicate this area is poorly insulated and weatherstripped, if at all. The small dark rectangle on the left shows an area without ceiling insulation.

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Example 4 – The photos below include a visible light and infrared photo of air leakage around window molding. This is a very common source of air leakage and the dark areas demonstrate just how much cold air can enter your home this way. Multiply this problem by the number of windows in your home, and you’ll quickly realize how big this problem can be.

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Example 5 – The photos below include a visible light and infrared photo of poorly installed insulation on the exterior wall of a basement. The insulation has been comprised due to the fact it is crimped, improperly sized for the space, and, more importantly, is not being used in conjunction with an air barrier. All dark areas indicate air leakage.

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Example 6 – HVAC ductwork leakage averages 30% in a residential system. In the infrared photo on the left, you can see just how much heat (light area) is being lost into the wall cavity. This is of particular concern if this is an exterior facing wall.

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