Thermal imaging is an advanced and newer technology that inspectors use to get temperature details about a home and assess how protected it is against environmental elements.
What is Thermal Imaging?
Infrared technology is changing home inspections dramatically and protecting homeowners – or soon-to-be homeowners – from costly issues. Infrared technology is used to scan a home and see the various temperatures that occur within the home.
I am a certified thermal inspector. When I scan the home, I know what temperatures are expected to be in an area, and also notice when it is higher or lower than it should be.
A thermal camera is used to capture temperature images of a home’s surfaces, which is otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Thermal scans are a non-disruptive method of scanning a surface to find potential problems like heat escaping through cracks and crevices, frigid incoming air, or moisture that may be leaking inside.
The temperatures captured by the camera are measured and calculated. The results give the homeowners or buyers a clear picture of the home and how that relates to its condition or overall efficiency.
Why Do I Need a Thermal Imaging Inspection?
Thermal imagery provides an immediate look at the condition of the home, without having to tear anything apart to see inside of walls.
Thermal Inspections Can Reveal:
- The placement of studs and rafters that might not be up to code
- Water penetration into roofs and ceiling surfaces
- Moisture build-up in building materials
- Detection of missing or insufficient insulation
- Electrical issues at points like breaker boxes, outlets, and switches
- Detect plumbing and piping and their proper/improper installation
- Impact on energy efficiency
- Detection of pests