Thermal Imaging, also known as infrared photography or thermography, can be a powerful tool for the home inspector. With favorable conditions, thermal imaging can help the inspector identify areas with insufficient insulation, moisture issues, air leaks, and the presence of pests and animals.
Thermography allows us to see heat signatures we normally can't see. Proper training is essential to correctly interpret and apply this information for the benefit of our clients. We are proud to be infrared certified!
Hot Air Infiltration
This image shows where the hot attic air is infiltrating the cooled habitable living space. Inspection of the attic revealed exposed framing timbers where the hot air is seen.
Lack of Insulation on Ducts
Excessive amounts of condensation was noted on and dripping down this air-handler in the crawlspace. The condensate was difficult to see with the naked eye, but showed up clearly while inspecting with the thermal camera.
Thermal Imaging is an effective way to check for some electrical problems. Sometimes improper wiring will cause a switch or outlet receptacle to be abnormally warm.
Water may be lurking behind surfaces. With the proper temperatures, thermal imaging can detect many scenarios in which water is hidden from the naked eye.