Heat Loss Survey ..........................................FAQ
Our philosophy is simple: If you reduce the heat escaping you need less energy input to feel comfortable. If your home is dry you need less energy to heat it.
Our heat loss survey, what is it?
It is a non-destructive survey by one of our experienced engineers of your home at the end of which you will know and understand how & why your house is loosing heat, what you can do about it and how best to heat it. As we don't sell anything otherthan our experience, training & expertise, you are safe in the knowledge that what we recommend is taylored to your precise circumstances.
How long does it take & what is involved?
Typically, a survey will last up to six hours in your home. The engineer will initially do a thermal image scan externally & internally to get a "feel" for the house and discuss the home owners issues/problems. External & internal environment data is gathered and logged for the duration of the survey. Next, the house is prepared for the blower door test and again the house is surveyed under different pressure conditions. A visual survey of the heating, distribution and control system follows and improvements noted. If the home owner wishes the surveyor to concentrate on any particular aspect, such as damp, this will be given special consideration. All findings are substantiated with other equipment such as smoke pencils, machines, damp indicator, surface temperature probes, data loggers etc. All survey findings are demonstrated and explained in plain language to the home owner during the survey and recommandations made to suit the home owner's future plans and budget and which take moisture control / ventilation into account (building physics). It is therefore imperative that the home owner is home for the survey as we find this information exchange to be the most valuable part of the survey. A post survey detailed report can be ordered. In any case, all survey data in compiled and supplied to the home owner.
Isn't a BER the same thing?
No, not at all. There is no quantitive testing involved in the BER. It is a purely visual survey and is not designed to be specific enough to give you the information we know you need. The best thing we can say about the BER system is that it is a start.