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.

 


Contractors’ Club Video

Welcome to the Service Partners Contractors Club. Your loyalty has earned you membership in this value-added, customer-focused club. We are excited about this new program it will bring you, our customer, more value to your business, while recognizing your commitment to Service Partners as your trusted supplier. From our informational webinars on industry related subjects that provide you with the latest information, to our training programs that help you maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace, every aspect of the Service Partners Contractors Club has been built with your success in line. For example, our solid vendor relationships are a key factor to your business development and we have numerous relationships with successful vendors to help grow your bottom line.

 

These programs work with discounts exclusively for you as a club member. Here are a few of those current relationships. Allpro Technology is a preferred partner of our Contractors Club. Allpro Insulator Software is a premium operational software that manages all aspects of your business software issues. Electric Gas Industry Association, or ECGI, is a national leading organization that provides business training and financing to help small businesses throughout the country. HomeAdvisor, formerly ServiceMagic, is a market leader in generating qualified leads for service businesses across the country based on location and specifically help you in the retrofit marketplace. Energy Circle Pro is a complete website and marketing platform designed for independent energy efficiency professionals. They offer professional website designed with numerous package options and extensive CMS platform training is always included.

 

In addition to marketing service providers, we’ve developed tried-and-true marketing tools for our club members, Tools that continue to pull in results. Custom door hangers, postcards, and leave behind cost effective methods that are used to great effect without breaking the bank.

 

Now a bit about our training programs: The Service Partners Contractors Club has developed a building science and Home Performance training program available to members at a substantial cost savings. BPI is the nation’s premier standards development and credentialing organization, or residential energy efficiency retrofit work. Your club membership offers training by BPI standards in both the analyst professional and envelope professional designations. As an authorized BPI test we also administer the certification exams for analysts and envelope professional certifications.

 

Be on the lookout for a new training project that is under way inside the Contractors Club. We are working with Advanced Energy out of Raleigh North Carolina to develop online training modules for best practices in fiberglass

batt insulation, blown fiberglass insulation, and air sealing. These trainings will be available in both English and Spanish versions and available directly on your office computer. They will include a certification exam after each session. These trainings will be available to all your staff at a minimal cost.

 

Sign up today to become a member of the Service Partners Contractors Club by visiting https://www.service-partners.com/contractors-club.


Keep These Weatherization Items Handy

As winter sets in, homeowners are scrambling to add new insulation where needed and further weatherize their home. Here is a list of a few things to keep on hand that you’ll likely need on the job.
1.) Insulation Supports: -these wire supports are handy for installing roll and batt insulation.
2.) Insulation Netting: – alternative to wire supports. Great for wood sub floors and second story floors.
3.) Caulk and Sealants: caulk can be your best friend when weatherizing a building. Keep a few tubes on hand to seal off around doors and windows.

4.) Safety Respirator: protect yourself from air born contaminates when hanging insulation.
5.) Hard Hat: You never know when you’ll need one!
6.) First Aid Kit: Always prepare for the worst and try to be as safe as possible while working.

 

Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States with over 75 branch locations.


Knee Wall Attic Access Door Insulation Cover

Knee Wall

What is a Knee Wall? A Knee Wall can be defined as a short wall usually less than three feet in height. They are often found in homes with finished attics and built to connect to the sloping roof. The Knee Wall serves as a short, solid wall in the finished attic. Installing an Attic Access Door into the Knee Wall allows access to the space behind the Knee Wall. The space behind the knee wall makes a great storage area.

Air leakage from an un-insulated Knee Wall Attic Access Door can cause heat to transfer from the attic into the living quarters in the summer, and from the living quarters to the attic in the winter. In order to avoid this heat transfer, consider installing an Energy Shield II Attic Access Door Cover. It will help to reduce your heating and cooling costs by sealing off the opening in your Attic Access Door.

The Energy Shield II attaches to attic side of the Knee Wall Framework. It has a zippered opening in which you un-zip to gain access to the attic. It installs easily in minutes.

Service Partners has standard sizes available: 24” X 48” for a Knee Wall Door, and 24”x 80” for a Full Size Door.


Corner Pads Help Stop Air infiltration

corner pads

Many customers already know about applying weatherstripping to doors, but one item they may not know about are corner pads. Corner pads are self adhesive that are applied to the inside bottom corner of the hinge side of a door. These insulation pads seal off the hardest area to prevent air infiltration and light. Keep a few bags of these corner pads on hand to add extra protection against air infiltration for your customers.


Air Sealing For Winter

Fall is in full swing which means means it is time to start preparing for winter. Getting an early start for your customers will pay big dividends to them down the road. Stopping air leaks for your customers can be your low hanging fruit you can take down early.

When on the premises of your customer’s home, walk around the outside looking for any visual cues that air may be leaking. Typical exterior places to inspect for leaks are outside water spigots, where siding & chimneys meet as well as where the foundation and siding assemble.

Venture inside the home to further inspect for air leaks once the exterior inspection is complete. A common location that is a likely culprit is around electrical outlets. You can combat most air penetration around electric outlets with a simple outlet gasket.

Below is a small list from the DOE for common air leak locations inside a home. Also attached below is a great image highlighting the most likely places for air leaks.

• 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.

 

 

Air Sealing A House

 

Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States.  We supply insulation & accessories to contractors & businesses throughout the country.


Weatherize Homes With Our Door Sweeps

Door Sweep

Door sweeps are the small pieces of rubber or vinyl at the bottom of a door that effectively cover the gap where the door meets the bottom of the frame. This area is almost always built with a gap to allow the door to open and close smoothly. Contrary to its name, the door sweep doesn’t “sweep” anything. It acts as a buffer between the small gap and a home.

 

Not only that but it saves you money on energy as well. By acting as a layer of insulation and a seal between the air on the other side of the door and the inside controlled temperature air, it is effective at preventing  heat transfer or heat loss through air movement. Of course, it is even more effective when combined with a screen or storm door, because then less air is allowed to even come to the door in the first place.

 

It may also prevent heat loss if it is made of a good insulation material. Heat loss happens when heat is transferred between two materials when there is a difference in surface temperature. If the cold outside air touches the door sweep, and the door sweep is warmer than the air, the heat from the door sweep will be lost. If the door sweep is cooled and the material becomes colder, heat will be lost because the house is warmer. Rubber is a fairly good insulator for this purpose, which is why it is the material most often used in door sweeps.

 

The “brush” type of sweep is good for reducing air flow, but will readily transfer heat if temperatures are different – which is why a lot of modern outer facing doors are no longer sold with this type of sweep. If a door sweep gets worn and falls off you may ask yourself if you need to actually replace it for the customer. Do a simple test. If you feel air entering through the bottom of the door, then absolutely – your customer needs a door sweep. If not, and you cannot see the light from outside within the customers home, they may not need one. Though it certainly will never hurt to add one!

Contact us today to find out how you can help weatherize your home with door sweeps.


Announcing Service Partners Contractors’ Club!

 

Contractors' Club

As a valued customer, we are offering you the exciting opportunity to join the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. What is the Service Partners Contractors’ Club? This club offers special discounted services, educational webinars, marketing tools, networking opportunities, regional conferences and much more to qualified customers. Membership is 100% free for all qualified customers.

Service Partners is more than your trusted supplier of insulation and equipment. We also want to provide the education, support and sales tools customers need to help grow their business. We are committed to helping our customers expand and diversify their business. That is why we have created the Service Partners Contractors’ Club. We look forward to sharing all of the benefits of this new opportunity with our valued customers.

Please visit Service Partners Contractors’ Club for more information.


Ways To Save

Doesn’t everyone need to save money? There are many things you can encourage your customers to do around their home to lower their energy costs. Here are some simple projects that you can recommend to get them on their way to having more money in their wallet.

Adding insulation is one of many ways to save. Knee wall attic access doors and attic stairs are often left un-insulated. Recommend to your customers that they insulate theirs. Another way to reduce heating and cooling bills is to make sure homeowners have adequate insulation in the attic. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation for a homeowner or contractor in most cases.

Let your customers know that insulating is a great start to helping reduce energy bills is not the only thing that can be done to stop heat loss and air infiltration. A drafty home is not only uncomfortable, but expensive as well. Ask yourself, does the home need weather stripping? Can you feel cold air coming in around doors and windows on a cold windy day? You may not have thought about it this way before, but if you have a ¼” gap at the bottom of a 3’ wide door, you have 9 square inches of open space. If you had a hole this size in an exterior wall, you would fix it right?

Check for places that need to be caulked. Look for gaps and holes around door and window frames, wall and roof vents, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures and skylights. Look around outdoor faucets and where gas pipes and electrical lines enter the house. Check the joints where siding joins at corners and where it meets the roof and foundation or where it meets the fireplace chimney. Service Partners offers a wide selection of caulks to meet all of your needs.

Saving water will also save your customers money. Regular shower heads can be replaced with more efficient low-flow shower heads. They can also save by shortening the length of their showers and washing their clothes in cold water.

These are just a few things you can recommend to your customers to help them get started saving and reducing energy costs.


WALLTITE® Insulation Air Barrier Now Available!

Service Partners now carries Walltite BASF spray foam at specific locations. Walltite is a two-component closed-cell spray polyurethane foam system utilizing an EPA-approved, zero ozone-depleting blowing agent.

According to BASF’s website the WALLTITE® insulating air barrier system has the following specifics:

 

• Eliminates uncontrolled air leakage

• Improves occupant comfort, health and safety

• Improves indoor environmental quality

• Improves structural strength

• Reduces condensation, moisture and mold problems

• Conforms to any shape

• Is approved by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) to meet the mandated air barrier requirements of the Commercial Energy Codes of Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Michigan

• Is installed only by ABAA approved applicators with third-party quality control inspection

 

Please contact your local Service Partners spray foam supplier for inquires regarding Walltite spray foam insulation. Locate your nearest Service Partners branch here.