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Thermal Imaging

An infrared camera is a non-contact device that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform temperature calculations.  Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be quantified, or measured, allowing you to not only monitor thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems.

Thermal imaging can provide us with a way to see heat loss in a home, and focus on those areas where improved insulation may provide energy savings. Other uses include finding spots of water leaks or damage and viewing radiant heating in floors.

Heat Loss

Heat Loss

An infrared inspection is the most effective method to identify heat loss.

Energy is critically important and very expensive. The cost to heat, cool, maintain, light and support people & operations inside requires several forms of Energy.

An Infrared Energy Inspection (aka Thermography Inspection) is the fastest, most effective and highly efficient non-destructive method to identify and address those areas where heat loss and possible moisture intrusion could negatively affect building performance.

This picture shows a ceiling light installed in a vaulted ceiling. Due to a large variation in temperature it appears that insulation was not installed around the light after installation. There also appears to be cold air gaps in areas that insulation may have been poorly installed (darker shades are cold areas verses light areas are fiberglass insulation.)

Radiant In Floor Heating

Radiant In Floor Heating

Radiant heat warms up very slowly, and it is difficult in the time of a normal inspection to turn it on and be sure that it is warming a room as it should, unless you have a thermal imaging camera. So, when we are hired to inspect a home with radiant heat, we will almost always recommend adding thermal imaging to verify all zones are working properly.

This picture shows radiant floor heating that was verified as working under a concrete slab.

Radiant In Floor Heating
Radiant In Floor Heating

Moisture

The inspector can use the infrared camera to produce images of your home and detect heat patterns from possible moisture in building materials. This inspection helps to identify damage in ceilings, roof, floors, and carpets that may be caused by moisture. Once these areas are identified, other instruments can be used to help verify moisture content. Moisture damage is a common problem in most homes.  Even a small amount of water can infiltrate the home which can take months to dry out.

The picture was used to view the extent of water damage into the floor and wall from a small leak at a toilet shutoff valve.

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