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Energy Balance

The Thanksgiving feast was delicious and the leftovers were too. I’m certain my calorie intake over the past week is quite out of balance with my use of energy.

A wooden kitchen match, burned entirely, gives off approximately on British Thermal Unit (Btu) of energy. One Calorie is the energy equivalent of burning four kitchen […]

Chip Wade Inspects a Commercial Property

Many of the same principles of a thermal inspection in a home can be applied to a commercial property inspection.  In this video, Chip Wade shows you how you can take your business to the next level by offering commercial property inspections. He spots a problem in a warehouse that is being converted to an […]

Things Get Hot for our Friend

We left our friend, Mr. Turkey, warm and happy in last week’s blog post.

Last week we left our wildlife friend, Mr. Turkey, exposed and thermally obvious. You can imagine what happened between then and this week.

So let’s talk again talk about capacitance , the thermal concept so fundamental to much of our work. Whether […]

Chip Wade Uncovers Common HVAC Problems

In our fifth video presented by Chip Wade, common problems in a home’s HVAC system are easily unveiled with the use of a thermal imager. Especially in a home that is 100 years old, inefficient vents and ducts are likely to be draining money on your energy bill. Chip spots a couple of problems that can […]

Thermally Fun Holiday Images

Fellow Thermal-Imaging-Blog.com readers,

John’s recent blog posting on “Wildlife in Infrared” has inspired me to share a few other images with you:

Upon further and closer inspection of the turkey-in-infrared image, something looks very familiar about this particular turkey.

I believe that is it a particular variety of wild turkey that is commonly found in Vermont… and […]

Wildlife in Infrared

Long ago, I once taught a course in a hotel that also housed a “disco”, which if you remember what they were, gives you an idea of how long ago it was! One evening after class, a student talked the DJ into plugging the video cable into the infrared imager we were using and suddenly […]

Episode 4: Chip Wade Inspects for Moisture Damage

In the fourth video of our series, Chip Wade demonstrates how we can use a Fluke TiR1 to inspect for moisture damage on the inside of a home. As he describes, most homes have been repainted several times, and water damage can be easily hidden from the naked eye. Using the thermal imager, a quick […]

Episode 3: Chip Wade Inspects Building Envelope and Electrical Outlet

In the third video in this series, Chip Wade starts by showing us some easy spots to inspect that might be draining money from your energy bill. First, he inspects the building envelope and points out what appears to be a common problem with insulation. He then goes inside and scans the electrical outlets to […]

Reflecting on Electromagnetic Radiation

Reflections, no matter what part of the electromagnetic spectrum we are operating in, are part of life. All materials are partially reflective of some wave lengths and none are perfectly reflective.

We are all familiar with mirrors, but watch a baby or a puppy when they are first looking into a mirror and learning how to […]

Stack-Effect O’Lantern Physics Explained

Check out this diagram for a festive explanation of the stack-effect!

Hope you all had a happy Halloween!