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Turning a Smartphone Into a Thermal Imaging Device

The Flir One attaches to Apple's iPhone to create a special camera that sees thermal energy

Posted on Jan 13 2014 by Scott Gibson

An Oregon company has introduced a $349 gadget that turns an Apple iPhone into a thermal imaging device capable of detecting heating and cooling leaks in buildings.

Flir introduced the Flir One at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7. The company said it would start selling the device worldwide this spring. The Flir One fits on an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, the most recent models.


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Online Thermal Images Show Ceiling Heat Leaks

Thermal images of thousands of roofs show some residents of Calgary, Alberta, where their ceilings are leaking energy

Posted on Nov 25 2013 by Scott Gibson

A University of Calgary team has combined thermal imaging and Google maps to show thousands of city residents where their houses are leaking energy and how much money they could save by tightening them up.


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  1. www.saveheat.co

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Ceiling Fans Are Evil

How can something so simple be good and bad at the same time?

Posted on Jul 16 2013 by Carl Seville

I can’t count the number of times I have walked past a neighbor’s home and seen the porch ceiling fans running with no one there to appreciate them. All the fans are doing is wasting electricity and contributing a little heat to the outdoor air. I am tempted (although I have never acted on the impulse) to pull the chains and turn the fans off or leave the neighbors a note.


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  1. Big Ass Fans

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A Good Time for Energy Audits and Weatherization

The best time to think about an energy audit is when few other people are thinking of one

Posted on May 9 2013 by Alex Wilson

Wait a second. Spring has barely sprung, and you’re saying we need to start thinking about energy audits already? What’s up with that?

There are several reasons why now is a good time not only to focus on energy auditing and weatherization work — not only for your clients, but also for your own home.


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  1. U.S. Department of Energy
  2. Alex Wilson

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An Introduction to Thermal Imaging

An infrared camera can help diagnose a variety of home-performance problems, including air leaks, missing insulation, or thermal bridges

Posted on Jan 6 2012 by Martin Holladay

Energy auditors and insulation contractors have been using infrared cameras to diagnose home-performance problems for over 30 years. Without opening up your walls or ceilings for inspection, a trained specialist can use one of these cameras to locate insulation voids, air leaks, moisture intrusion, thermal bypasses, and thermal bridges. It’s even possible to use an infrared camera to locate leaks in hydronic tubing embedded in a slab.


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  1. Tom Barbour - Thermal Image UK - http://www.thermalimageuk.com
  2. Infrared New England - http://www.infrarednewengland.com
  3. Chuck Evans - http://homecert.com
  4. Infrared New England - http://www.infrarednewengland.com
  5. David Valley - Massachusetts Infrared - http://www.massinfrared.com
  6. InfraMation newsletter - November 2006

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An Energy-Auditing Class in Montana

At a five-day course in a rural setting, four women learn to operate blower doors and infrared cameras

Posted on Nov 1 2011 by Kathy Price-Robinson

When I arrive for the five-day energy-auditing course at the Pure Energy Center in eastern Montana, I see instructor A. Tamasin Sterner outside the main house, clapping her hands and doing a little dance.

If you know Tamasin, a veteran energy auditor who famously counseled President Obama on the need for weatherization programs, you expect this show of exuberance.


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  1. All photos: Kathy Price Robinson

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