Infrared (IR) Thermal Imaging

We Can See Moisture And Water Damage

We Can See Electrical Hot-Spot Anomalies

We Can See Cold/Heat Infiltration And Loss

We Can See Equipment Functionality

We Can See Exterior Thermal Weakpoints

What Is Infrared (IR) Thermal Imaging?

Infrared (IR) thermography is the process of using a specialized thermal imaging camera to detect the natural radiation (heat) coming from an object, converting that heat into temperature, and displaying an image of that temperature reading (called a Thermogram). Thermograms make it possible to see heat-producing objects that are normally invisible to the naked eye. This allows us to visualize certain hidden defects such as moisture, lack of insulation, air gaps, equipment functionality, electrical hot-spots, backed up/blocked plumbing drains and dryer ducts, HVAC air duct leaks, and much more. 

What IR Thermal Imaging Is NOT:

IR Thermography is not X-ray vision. The sole-properties of IR Thermal Imaging are detecting the heat radiation that an object puts out. An IR Thermal Camera will detect a clear image of a persons hand directly in front of the camera, and if that person places their hand against a wall and then removes their hand from the wall and from view of the camera, the IR Thermal Camera will still show a visible handprint on the wall (even though the actual hand is out of view of the camera). This is because the hand transferred some of its heat to the wall before the hand was removed, and the heat remained on the wall, exactly where the hand used to be. This essentially is the process of IR Thermography. 

IR Thermal Imaging does not put off radiation or any other type of harmful rays; It is simply a measuring device. In fact, the objects actually putting off radiation are all around you, but it is HEAT radiation, which is not harmful and a completely natural process. Our IR Thermal Imaging camera is simply taking a picture of that radiating heat (or lack thereof). It is no more harmful than a thermometer that checks your body temperature, or the camera that takes the photos of you or your family. 

Although infrared thermal imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy, unless removal or destruction of components can be achieved to validate findings. We utilize other tools to verify thermal images, but even with these considerations, we do not claim to have x-ray vision. Every inspection (even IR Thermal Imaging) contains hidden (latent) defects that do not present themselves at the time of the inspection. Particularly in the case of IR Thermal Imaging, certain conditions inside and outside of the home at the time of inspection will either allow for very clear thermal imaging defect detection, or will make it difficult for thermal defects to stand out in the thermal image. We call this condition “Delta-T”. As specially trained certified IR Thermal Imagers, we do our best to utilize tactics from our training to improve the delta-T effect inside the home at the time of inspection, but sometimes the conditions still may not be ideal.

Infrared (IR) Thermal Imaging Services Available:

        Spot IR Thermography is included free of charge in every Whole House Inspection as questionable areas present themselves throughout the inspection. Spot IR Thermography is not a complete IR Thermal inspection and is only utilized in areas of the home during the inspection that are suspect of conditions that IR technology could potentially shed more light. 

        Whole House IR Thermal Inspections can help you determine how much energy your home is loosing, where moisture may have infiltrated, and which problem areas and fixes you should prioritize to save energy and improve the comfort and condition of your home. We will take a look at your building from the inside and out, top to bottom. We’ll examine a variety of components, including roof, attic, windows, doors, walls, ceilings, floors, eaves, and basement/crawlspace and more to see if we can spot any major issues causing leaks into or out of your home. We provide this whole house service as an add on to our Whole House Inspections for a discounted price, or as a stand alone inspection. While we are a certified home energy auditor, this is not a home energy audit. This inspection however, gives you much of the same information at nearly half the cost. 

Single Room/System IR Inspections can be performed for specific rooms or areas of the home in question. You may have “that one room” in your house that is always hard to heat or cool, or maybe you’re worried that your roof may be leaking and causing damage to materials in your attic or ceiling structure. We can inspect individual rooms, components or systems for you at a fraction of the cost and get you one step closer to a better home and peace of mind.



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