USING A FLIR C3- A POCKET-SIZED THERMAL CAMERA, DETECT RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL HVAC DUCT LEAK ISSUES

USING A FLIR C3- A POCKET-SIZED THERMAL CAMERA, DETECT RESIDENTIAL / COMMERCIAL HVAC DUCT LEAK ISSUES

  • DON’T LET SUDDEN INCREASES IN ELECTRICITY USAGE GO UNCHECKED

THE CHALLENGE

Sudden surges in electricity use can indicate a problem or series of failures within a  building’s  HVAC  system.  A  common  source  of  energy  loss  is  with  leaks  in  the  HVAC ductwork. This could mean energy bills up to 30 or 40% higher than running a  system  without  leaks.  Heating  and  Cooling  professionals  are  tasked  with  diagnosing  what  the  problem  could  be.  This  can  be  time  consuming,  since  the  traditional  method  would  require  inspecting  each  system  element  individually.  Not to mention that some ductwork can be located in very hard to reach areas.

HIGHLIGHTED SOLUTION

It  is  more  efficient  to  use  a  thermal  camera  to  scan  for  potential  problem  spots  first. With a thermal camera, you can detect hot spots and cold spots, for example, using a FLIR C3, a pocket-sized thermal camera, on ducts and vents could reveal spot  leaks  at  joints.  It  could  also  help  an  HVAC  professional  determine  that  the  HVAC  inefficiency  is  from  insulation  loss.  In  addition  to  scanning  the  ductwork  system,  a  thermal  camera  can  be  used  to  inspect  the  condenser  unit  to  see  if  a  coil is plugged and identify exactly where on the coil the blockage is occurring. It is also ideal to detect if there are mold conditions,  troubleshoot airflow problems, and   better   predict   mechanical   failure.   The   FLIR   C3   includes   a   professional   reporting  software,  FLIR  Tools  and  is  Wi-Fi  enabled.  It  is  an  affordable  addition  that will no doubt pay for itself after the first successful job.

THE RESULTS

A thermal imaging camera can help you quickly and efficiently scan the complete ductwork  for  leaks  and  disconnections.  Thermal  imaging  can  detect  small  leaks  and areas where duct insulation has broken down causing hot/cold air to escape. What would have taken a whole day of crawling in hot attics and tight crawl spaces or inspecting a large system can be accomplished in a fraction of the time. Once detected, the leaks can be fixed so the HVAC system runs efficiently again. In the end,  thermal  imaging  helps  HVAC  professionals  solve  problems  faster  and  save  customers money.

For more information about FLIR solutions in building inspection and maintenance or to schedule a product demonstration visit: www.flir.com/building-inspection-maintenance

Imagery for illustration purposes only.

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FLIR SYSTEMS MIDDLE EAST DWC-LLC

Building-Warehouse No: DLC-FH-03

Dubai South, Dubai World Central

P.O. Box 713153, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 802 4999

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