Thermal imaging

Find out where your home is leaking heat

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What is thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging can vividly reveal where your home is leaking heat.    The cameras are sensitive to infra-red and make ‘temperature map’ images .    This can show problems with insulation, draughts, damp and more –  useful in older homes, but also for revealing defects in new-builds. The images are easiest to decipher when it’s at least 10°C warmer inside than out, so this is mainly a winter activity.

Some of the problems shown are easy for householders to fix, like draught-proofing, and some, like faulty insulation, may need professional help. Significant improvements in comfort, energy bills and carbon emissions are often made as a result. More in this 2-page report.

Training & camera loan scheme

Come to a short training session to learn how to use our thermal cameras and interpret their images – then you can borrow a camera for free (donations welcome) to survey your home, those of friends or family and (we hope) others in your neighbourhood. It’s great see weaknesses in insulation, draughts, heating system problems in your home. It give good information and motivation to fix the problems that are revealed. 

Book a training session

Free online training, booking essential. 

Our Thermal Imaging season is November- March. 
Outside this it’s usually too warm for good results.

Book for an online Training Session:

Mon 27 Feb  6:00 – 7:30pm   Sorry, Fully Booked

Get an Alert  when Autumn booking opens         

Book a camera loan

We lend cameras only to people already trained in how to use them and to interpret their images.  

Resources

Camera Borrowing Agreement – Trainees must fill this in before borrowing a camera

Thermal Imaging Survey Record Form – Use this form to record all surveys completed
Thermal Imaging Training Slides – A useful reminder on how to use the cameras & understand their images

Videos on how to use:  (please bear with any YouTube adverts)
Camera 1 & 3 – Flir C5 
Camera 2 – Fluke TiR105
Camera 4 – Flir E40
Cameras 5-9 – Flir C2  video by Red Current

User manuals for: 
Flir C5 Annotated
Fluke TiR 105
Flir E40bx, annotated
Flir C2 Short, annotated
Flir C2 Long

More Resources:
Thermal Image Examples
TI in a Heatwave
find how to keep your home cooler

Thank you for your donations, which were invaluable recently:
On Friday 13th January CCF’s oldest thermal Camera, a Fluke TiR in use since 2010, was run over by a car when the borrower’s bike pannier fell off ! – our first camera loss. The insurance pay-out didn’t fully cover the cost of a modern replacement, but thanks to your support we could quickly buy a second Flir C5 getting it on-loan as the new Camera 1 within 2 weeks.

We’d like to loan more cameras to meet the welcome, unprecedented demand. Any support for this is very welcome.
 – CCF Thermal Imaging Team,  ticamera@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org