How does your home perform for energy efficiency

Do you have cold spots in your home?
Are your energy bill high?

We provide energy ratings of your home to help you save money on your energy consumption. New homes as well as old homes all have energy losses that you can’t see. Black Hills Thermal Imaging and Black Hills Professional Home Inspections LLC can help you locate those pesky drafts in your home or commercial building. Go green in 2016!

How does your home stack up for energy efficiency? Would you like to know where you can improve and save on your energy consumption in your home or commercial building? We can help! Knowing where your energy is going, is the first place you need to start. We can help you get started on saving money on your utility bills today! Don’t be left in the cold with high energy bills.

We will do an inspection of your home to locate the areas that you need to improve on. Our reports will guide you and show you where you can improve and start lowering your utility bills. Energy costs are only going to rise in the future and you can help put those high energy bills at bay. First you need to know where your money is going and set a plan on improving in those areas. Our reports will guide you in the right direction. You can make a educated plan of attack and know where the worst areas are located in your home that need improvement.

Not only can you start saving money, you can also make your home worth more and more comfortable. If you decide to sell your home or commercial property down the road, you can show where the improvements have been made to your home or commercial building. Provide the buyers with the report and show them the improvements that have been made. We recommend that after the improvements have been made you have another energy report done to show you how well the improvements have added value and savings.

Energy Rating

Energy Loss in Homes and the Benefits of Insulation


Our energy score ratting is only offered by Black Hills Professional Home Inspections and Black Hills Thermal Imaging. We have designed an inspection report for our customers that will show you where you need to improve. The report is detailed, clearly laid out and very easy to understand. We will also provide you with ideas that you can do on your own without costing you anything, that will add up over time.


When energy loss is confronted in a meaningful way, the savings over time can add up to a huge savings. This is money you can spend on things besides your electric or gas bills. Over time this could even pay for a new car! Most homes have enough energy loss areas that can add up to a window being open all year round in your home, in some homes even a door!

R- Rated Materials

We can show you pictures of the energy loss with our High End Thermal Camera. Don’t be fooled with or sent on a wild goose chase with inexperience and low quality equipment by our competitors. Our thermal cameras provide quality, high resolution pictures that show you your energy loss. Low quality cameras are not accurate and can give false readings.

In South Dakota, an R-value up to R49 is recommended in the attic.

The walls R-value needs to be between R13 and R15.

The Black Hills is in Zone#6

U.S. Department of Energy Recommended Total R-Values

Colorado Energy R Values


Air Films

Exterior 0.17
Interior Wall 0.68
Interior Ceiling 0.61

Air Space
Minimum 1/2″ up to 4″ 1.00

Building Board
Gypsum Wall Board 1/2″ 0.45
Gypsum Wall Board 5/8″ 0.5625
Plywood 1/2″ 0.62
Plywood 1″ 1.25
Fiber board sheathing 1/2″ 1.32
Medium Density Particle Board 1/2″ 0.53

Insulating Materials
R-11 Mineral Fiber with 2×4 metal studs @ 16″ OC 5.50
R-11 Mineral Fiber with 2×4 wood studs @ 16″ OC 12.44
R-11 Mineral Fiber with 2×4 metal studs @ 24″ OC 6.60
R-19 Mineral Fiber with 2×6 metal studs @ 16″ OC 7.10
R-19 Mineral Fiber with 2×6 metal studs @ 24″ OC 8.55
R-19 Mineral Fiber with 2×6 wood studs @ 24″ OC 19.11
Expanded Polystyrene (Extruded) 1″ 5.00
Polyurethane Foam (Foamed on site) 1″ 6.25
Polyisocyanurate (Foil Faced) 1″ 7.20

Masonry and Concrete
Common Brick 4″ 0.80
Face Brick 4″ 0.44
Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) 4″ 0.80
Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) 8″ 1.11
Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) 12″ 1.28
Concrete 60 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.52
Concrete 70 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.42
Concrete 80 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.33
Concrete 90 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.26
Concrete 100 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.21
Concrete 120 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.13
Concrete 150 pounds per cubic foot 1″ 0.07
Granite 1″ 0.05
Sandstone / Limestone 1″ 0.08

Aluminum / Vinyl (not insulated) 0.61
Aluminum / Vinyl (1/2″ insulation) 1.80

Hardwood 3/4″ 0.68
Tile 0.05
Carpet with fiber pad 2.08
Carpet with rubber pad 1.23

Asphalt Shingles 0.44
Wood Shingles 0.97

Single Pane 1/4″ 0.91
Double Pane with 1/4″ air space 1.69
Double Pane with 1/2″ air space 2.04
Double Pane with 3/4″ air space 2.38
Triple Pane with 1/4″ air spaces 2.56
Triple Pane with 1/2″ air spaces 3.23

Wood, solid core 1 3/4″ 2.17
Insulated metal door 2″ 15.00


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