What Does Thermal Imaging Do For a Home Inspection?
Benefits of an Infrared Home Inspection
Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the home inspector to show clients things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Thermal Imaging can reveal issues in homes of all ages. Infrared technology can detect heat loss, moisture damage, air leakage and inconsistencies in insulation coverage. Below are three major benefits to using thermal imaging in a home inspection:
Finding Hidden Moisture
In terms of detecting moisture, an infrared camera can help locate:
Hidden roof leaks with recent rainfall
Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation
Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations
Water and moisture infiltration at the foundation that may lead to structural damage and mold
Detecting Energy Loss
In terms of energy loss, an infrared camera can help detect:
Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors
Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
Air conditioner compressor leaks
Under-fastening and/or missing framing members. Similarly, other structural defects that can lead to energy loss
Broken seals in double-paned windows
Locating Hot Spots
Infrared cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home. For example:
Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement
Overloaded and undersized circuits
Overheated electrical equipment and components
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Thermal imaging does have limitations. Thermal imaging displays surface temperatures of solid objects. It does not show the temperature of objects that reflect light. For example: glass, shiny metal and light-colored objects in direct sunlight. It does not “see through walls.” Instead, it displays a slight difference in the surface temperature of the wall. Images of areas behind, and not in-contact with walls depends on the temperature difference of the area. Hot objects are easiest to detect because they radiate heat to the not in-contact surface.
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