Top 3 Things Infrared Can Find in your Living Room

Living room (photo credit via flickr jinkazamah)It’s called the living room for a reason. That’s the room in your house where you typically relax, lounge, socialize – you live in that room. It’s often the largest and most trafficked room in your house, so it takes a real beating every day. Because you spend so much time in this room of your home, you notice things like drafts

1. Drafts and Air Leaks

Air leaks are uncomfortable and annoying but they also cost you real hard money. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), drafts cost the average homeowner as much as 10% of their total energy bill every year. If you’ve lived in your home for some time, you may think you know where the drafts are, but air leaks come from a wide range of sources, including:

  • attic hatches
  • wiring holes (for cable, electricity, phone lines)
  • knee walls (side walls that support the rafters)
  • recessed lighting
  • fireplace flues
  • basement rims (where the foundation meets the floor framing)


Air leaks in the living room

As you can see by the image here, the dark spots show where air is leaking through the walls due to poor insulation. That corner of the living room was always cold to the homeowner who had no idea why.

You can spend dozens of hours trying to find the leak that causes your living room to be less comfortable than you’d like, or you could call in an infrared pro. Once you know where the leaks really are happening, you can make the necessary upgrades to keep your living room leak-free and comfy.

2. Electrical Problems

The infrared camera can find hot spots caused by defects in electrical connections and components – all of which can cause electrical-based fires. Increased heating is a big sign of electrical failure, but it’s virtually undetectable without infrared. Some of the electrical problems  easily found by an infrared home inspection include:

  • Open circuits
  • Electrical overloads
  • Unbalanced electrical loads
  • Defective electrical equipment
  • Loose or deteriorated electrical connections

If you take a look at this image, you’ll see that we recently found an overheated electrical panel in one home. Overheated electrical panel found with infrared

The typical living room has quite a bit of electrical equipment: televisions, stereos, and more and all those electrical connections, plugs, and wires. An infrared inspection is simply one of the best diagnostic tools available for finding hot connections at the early stages of deterioration – before they cause an electrical fire in your home.

Water Leaks

I’ve said before and I’ll say it again: all homes – even newly constructed homes – have issues. Water leaks are an incredibly pervasive problem and a significant cause of damage to your home, even when you can’t see them. Not all water leaks result in quickly visible damage like ceiling stains, for example. Some can live for years, slowly drip, drip, dripping until the damage is finally noticed. By that time, the repair can be very expensive.

You may not initially be looking at your living room for water leaks, but if they’re there I’ll find them during the infrared home inspection and you could save yourself a very expensive home repair.

Andrew MacDonald is an experienced and certified infrared home inspector for homes in Elgin, Algonquin, St. Charles, and the surrounding towns for over a decade. When you want to know the condition of your home or a home you are considering buying, call Andrew today and he’ll tell you how he can help.
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