How Much Heat Is Your House Losing?

Since the winter started, New England has had several feet of snow blanket the area.  This winter wonderland is beautiful, but it brings with it many issues that homeowners have to deal with.   Just driving around the area, it is easy to see which homes and buildings are losing heat.  Long and dangerous icicles drape from the sides of buildings, showing that heat is escaping through the roof. This creates ice dams that damage a roof, causing costly repairs.  The thing is, roofs are not meant to melt snow, and so what is a homeowner to do?

Until a homeowner knows where the heat is being lost, it is virtually impossible to fix the issue. The best way to find out where your heat is going is to scan your home utilizing an infrared thermal imaging tool used during an energy audit. Infrared thermal imaging works in ANY season when used by a skilled technician.  With just a few-degree differential, the camera helps diagnose where insulation is not doing its job or if your home has moisture problems from a leaky roof.  It detects how readily surfaces give off heat and can be used both outdoors and indoors with heating or air conditioning.  And this infrared thermal imaging tool is used to actually SEE into wall cavities. It is used to reveal:

  • compressed insulation where fiberglass loses as much as 60% of its R-value
  • settled insulation producing gaps hidden within walls, floors and ceilings
  • wet areas from rain or leaking pipes.

During an energy audit, the above picture was taken of a home where there is significant heat loss through the roof and around the windows. A skilled technician can make recommendations as to how to improve these areas which will help significantly improve your heating costs annually, as well as stop ice dams and icicles.

If we were to scan your home, would it look like the picture above? Now is the time to get the facts and fix the areas of heat loss before costly repairs are required.

At Newhouse and Sun Construction, we can find areas of heat loss and make recommendations as to how to improve them, saving a homeowner many thousands of dollars annually. If you contact us at 978-657-7274 or at newhousesun@comcast.net before the end of February 2011, we will give you 10% discount off our services.

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