How to Keep the warmth in and the cold out of your home

Are you puzzled about your high energy bills? Do you often feel unexplainable draughts in your home?

If you answered yes to either of the above you probably need to assess where your home is losing heat. A large part of the expensive energy generated and used in your home can be wasted due to insufficient insulation and poor sealing around construction components.

There is a brand new service being offered by They can give your home a comprehensive home energy audit, heat loss analysis and a quality assurance check of installed insulation.

Snughome use state of the art sophisticated infrared technology which will high light any heat or energy losses from your home and pin point areas where your home needs insulation or repair. These cameras can detect a change in temperature of as little as 0.02 of a degree Celsius. Infrared/Thermal Imaging cameras are used by NASA, CIA, FBI and Scotland yard.

air escaping from ceiling

EG The above Infrared/Thermal image highlighting where heat is escaping through an attic hatch, not visible to the human eye

These state of the art thermal cameras along with a desk top and custom designed software enable Snughome to produce professional non-biased report on the condition of your home. Although clichés the camera really doesn’t lie, and while a picture tells a thousand words an infrared/thermal image tells many many more.

The Infrared/Thermal imaging camera will pin point where your home is losing/leaking valuable heat energy. Snughome will help you slash the cost of your home heating fuel bills, helping you save money, energy and thus the environment

How Infrared Thermography works

Simply Infrared Thermography, enables us to see and measure heat. All materials on earth emit heat energy in the infrared portion of the spectrum. Unfortunately, the unaided human eye cannot see in the infrared portion of the spectrum, Thermographic or thermal images allow the user to see thermally revealing anomalies that the trained thermographer can identify as problems in buildings and their components. Points of possible concern show up clearly in colourful easy to understand images as hot or cold in relation to their surroundings

Location of leaks.

Find and check heating loops and pipes for leaks. Even when pipes are laid under floor or behind walls, the heat of the pipes radiates through the surface and can be easily detected with an infrared camera. The precise location of leaks can be pinpointed, completely non-invasively.

how to detect problems with underfloor heating

Eg of underfloor heating loops set in concrete screed.

Detection of construction failures.

Heat losses, and air leaks are instantly visible on colourful, easy to understand thermal images. By highlighting areas of thermal energy loss, faulty locations are easily located, allowing measures to be taken to remedy the problems


missing insulation detected in ceiling with infrared  thermal cameraE.g of an Infrared/Thermal image showing missing Insulation in a sloping ceiling.

Buying a Home?

Don’t buy a home without first having an Infrared/Thermal Imaging inspection carried out.

Ensure your prospective home is free of dangerous or potentially expensive defects, it could save you thousands. Infrared/Thermal imaging inspections by Trained Snughome inspectors are a powerful and non invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of your prospective home. We can help prevent costly mistakes in buying property with hidden problems. Infrared Thermography quickly identifies problem areas in a property that can’t be seen by the naked eye and eliminates older more costly inspection techniques that require lots of labour and destructive probing.

Building Energy Rating (BER) VS Thermal Imaging

Lately I was approached by a prospective client saying that she wanted to have a building energy rating (B.E.R) carried out to find out where she was losing valuable heat from her home.

I explained that while a (B.E.R) certificate would give her an idea as to how much energy her home should use theoretically, if her home was constructed under laboratory conditions by scientists, a thermal imaging inspection however would give her specific real time information as to exactly where her home is losing heat right now and what can be done to address any issues discovered.

While having a (B.E.R) done on a home prior to sale or rent in Ireland is a legal requirement, I firmly believe for the reasons outlined above that it only goes part of the way. Thermal imaging can tell us so much more by revealing volumes of information in each image that quite simply isn’t available to the human eye.

It may be a cliché but the camera really never lies. A picture tells a thousand words but a thermal image tells many many many more.

About Snughome.

Daniel Slevin managing director of has worked on many major across Europe. It is from his experiences over the years that Daniel has developed this new and revolutionary service for the Irish market specifically. are a fully independent company with no affiliations to any property repair, maintenance or insulation companies. This ensures completely unbiased reporting on your behalf.

Our home inspection and energy audit reports will give an honest evaluation of any defects found in your home, giving you a clear view of the best way to deal with any problems found. Call the best national home inspection company today to see what we can do for you.

If you’ve been looking  for thermal imaging services and leak detection companies in Ireland, call us first for a free quote!

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