Weather-stripping!

Weather-stripping can be a great asset for stopping air infiltration this winter. Keeping a good supply on hand will be  beneficial to you and your customers. Before installing weather-stripping it is important to detect air leaks throughout a home.

Here are a few places the Department of Energy recommends:
• Electrical outlets
• Switch plates
• Door and window frames
• Electrical and gas service entrances
• Baseboards
• Weather stripping around doors
• Fireplace dampers
• Attic hatches
• Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
• Cable TV and phone lines
• Where dryer vents pass through walls
• Vents and fans.

Service Partners supplies weather-stripping to contractors nationwide. We have all the weatherization products you need to help you air seal your customer’s home.


Prepare For Fall – Gutter Guards!

September, 22nd marked the beginning of fall for the northern hemisphere. In a few parts of the United States fall foliage has begun turning the leaves of trees different colors. Fall foliage is also a preview for what is ahead for many homeowners across our country. Homeowners will soon grab their ladders and gloves and begin cleaning clogged gutters that are filled with leaves and other debris.

Help your customers get ahead and recommend placing gutter guards on all their gutters within the next few weeks before leaves start to fall. As you may already know, gutter guards help protect gutters from accumulating unwanted leaves, sticks and debris. Service Partners carries a wide variety of gutter guards that can be applied to help prevent gutter clogging.

Gutter Guard


Flir T-Series Thermal Imaging Video

Are your thermal imaging services in high demand or hopefully headed that way? You might be using your camera several times a week. Maybe even daily in your building inspection energy auditing restoration or roofing business. If that’s the case, FLIR T-series B cameras are definitely going to help take the load off.

 

Available in four models and with resolution up to 640 by 480, these are the most ergonomic thermal imagers you’re going to find out there. One of the primary features that distinguish t-series from all other thermal cameras is its rotating optical block. It lets you point the lens up or down 120 degrees and still keep the display right and easy view. This makes it much more comfortable for inspecting high low and other tough angles.

 

Optional interchangeable lenses are another t-series advantage, and there’s a great selection of them to help fit the view you need – including excellent wide angle and telephoto optics for scanning large spaces and roofs. Auto focus is another way T series makes thermal inspections more efficient. Focus makes a dramatic difference when it comes to accurately measuring temperature and just a touch of this button is the fast way to get there, but you always have full control if you need it with the fine adjustment on the t420 and 440 or the focus ring on the t620 and 640.

 

Another FLIR innovation that brings out even more detail is the MSX or multispectral dynamic imaging. This is a whole new mode beyond picture-in-picture and thermal fusion. MSX enhances thermal images with visible spectrum definition captured by the built-in digital camera. It virtually etches those details into the thermal pictures in real time so you clearly see numbers labels and other identifiable things to help you locate where problems are.

 

Every t-series camera comes equipped with Wi-Fi communication to let you stream live video to your smartphone or to your tablet using our FLIR tools mobile app. It also gives you a remote control of camera functions like focus, level, and span, color palette choices and temperature measurement tools – pretty handy if you or someone else wants to monitor from a distance. You can import and analyze stored JPEGs with the app too while you’re still on the job site quickly create a professional report and share it by email to get a faster response for repairs. T-series also has Bluetooth that talks to Extech meter link tools. This is a very simple way to embed moisture level data right into your thermal images when you need to measure more than just temperature.

 

T-series bx cameras offer the broadest temperature ranges and sensitivity increases as you move up through the line of camera models. Extra sensitivity helps you see subtler temperature differences more clearly – important when you’re looking for traces of moisture and small air leaks for example. The touch screen on t-series cameras puts measurement and imaging tools right at your fingertips, and on the t440 and 640 you can even use it to sketch quick notes and drawings on IR and visual images. The t640 also has a viewfinder to help you see clearly even in the brightest outdoor conditions.

 

There are a lot of great features here to help you out – especially when you have a slate full of customers to take care of. If you’re looking for the highest image detail to put in reports that contractors insurance companies and your customers can rely on, and the most ergonomic way to capture those images, then you’ll find it in t-series cameras.

 

 


Water Conservation | World Water Week

This time every year, a week is chosen at the end of August or in the beginning of September that is recognized as World Water Week.  Also known as #wwweek throughout twitter and other social media sites. Every year, organizations & individuals across the globe come together at this “annual global event for concretely addressing the planet’s water issues and related concerns of international development”.  Currently, we are in the middle of World Water Week and wanted to highlight a few tips that you can pass on to your customers to help conserve water.
1.) Use low-flow shower heads. Service Partners carries a variety of low-flow shower heads that help reduce water consumption.

2.) Use Faucet Aerators – these little devices will help introduce air into the water flow giving the appearance of a full stream of water while actually reducing water consumption.

3.) Use dishwasher and washing machine only during full loads.

4.) Take shorter showers

5.) Check for water leaks on a regular basis to make sure piping is in good condition.

 

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FLIR – I Series Camera

FLIR’s point and shoot line of I series thermal imagers are extremely easy to use infrared cameras. They’re rugged, light and portable, and to top it off they’re the most affordable thermal-imaging cameras.

If you’re looking for a simple camera for occasional troubleshooting, an HVAC contractor inspecting ductwork and compressors, or an electrician, or utility trouble man would like one handy all the time for quick scans and safety checks. FLIR I series is a good fit in all those cases. It’s definitely the right tool for instant non-contact temperature measurements, and the way to see hidden problems before they get away from you.

 

The i3 is fast and reliable at finding equipment that’s running too hot, or may be about to fail. A standard heat-map imaging thermometer might work in a few applications with large enough targets, but the i3 provides a lot more thermal imaging power. The i3 60 x 60 thermal detector provides 3600 measurement pixels in each image and it produces a recognizable thermal picture of the scene on the 2.8 inch LCD. It shows you where the hot spot is right away. It also gives you a 50:1 spot size ratio so you can scan one-inch targets 50 inches away and get an accurate temperature. Compare that to a single spot ir thermometer with only one average reading at a time and no image at all to show you where to measure.

 

All I series cameras have a focus free lens for easy scanning just power up flip open the lens and get ready to scan. A simple interface lets you set emissivity and other parameters so you’re detecting correctly. You can also change the color palette to the one that works best lock the temperature range and so on.

 

Every I series camera also stores thousands of radiometric jpg images pull them up in the archive or import them later to a Mac or PC with the USB cable or from the removable SD card. Then you can use the easy FLIR tools software we include to tune and analyze the images further adjust the levels change the palette, add more measurement tools capturing images that have all this stored temperature data and analyzing it later makes it easier to measure any spot on the image, This certainly beats jotting down dozens of readings from one of these. Even better, Flare tools can help you create a professional report in no time to reinforce your findings.

 

The i5 gives you ten thousand pixels that’s over two and a half times the imaging and measurement resolution of the i3, plus the i5 gives you a wider view to cover more area and greater sensitivity to kick up the quality.

 

To image even more clearly the i7 has the most resolution in the iseries class at 140 x 140 it’s almost 20,000 pixels. It’s also got the widest field of view to capture more of the scene for quicker scans along with the spot meter and i7 also gives you an in camera area box tool with an automatic marker to find hotspots quicker. Plus you can set an isotherm to alert you when something is above or below a specific temperature threshold, and all I series cameras come with flares and a warranty that covers the detector for twn full years, batteries for five years, and parts and labor for two years.

 

If you’re going to be using your camera to do more frequent inspections and reports and you need reference photos to go along with your thermal images, check out flares e-series.They have a ton of productivity features that can really help you breeze through inspections. E series definitely offers the best imagery and price to performance value in their class so be sure to look at e series before you make your decision.