What is thermal imaging? Infrared cameras do not look at objects. They capture the energy (heat) transferred from an object to produce a real time image in different color scheme. In other words, it allows us to see temperatures that are not visible to the naked eye.
Proper training is essential in being able to properly obtain and interpret thermal images. We are proud to be infrared certified!
Here is a partial list of services we can perform with thermal imaging for homeowners, contractors, plumbers and electricians:
- Water Intrusion
The blue areas we see in this roof structure is water intrusion from roof leaks around a chimney due to damaged flashing. While this was not visible to the naked eye, a quick thermal imaging scan can reveal problems that can become major headaches down the road!
- Cold Air Infiltration
The use of thermal imaging allows us to ‘see’ where doors and windows do not properly seal. This image shows us where cold air is entering the home around the windows through the wall cavity. If you are looking for ways to save money on your heating and cooling bills, thermal imaging is fantastic tool to help you understand where heat loss is occurring.
- Insulation Efficiency
This image shows us areas of fallen or settled insulation. This is in an old farm house where blown-in insulation had been added to the exterior walls as an improvement years ago. Especially if you live in an older home, thermal imaging can help determine the location of your major areas of heat loss in your home.
- Electrical Systems
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. Thermal imaging is a great high-tech way to see if heated toilet seats work!
- HVAC Ducts & Insulation
Our thermal imaging camera shows us if there are any leaks present, which not only could lead to $$$$ being wasted to heat or cool the attic space, but heat loss in an attic can lead to major problems, such as ice dams.
- Locate pipes and/or Leaks
This home had a finished basement, and no one knew where the water supply pipes were located that supply the second floor bathrooms. Before tearing in to walls in search of pipes, this contractor called us to take a peek. Since thermal imaging looks at temperatures, a properly trained inspector knows to run either hot or cold water (it depends on the situation) and within minutes the camera was able to show the pipes location. The pipes were nowhere near where anyone expected in this home and we saved the contractor (and homeowner) a TON of unnecessary time and money prior to starting this remodel project.
- Radiant Heating
Many rooms have radiant heating installed. How can your inspector tell if the radiant heating is operating properly? Thermal imaging is the best answer! After just a few minutes of operation, our thermal camera can ‘see’ where the radiant heat is located and verify that it is working properly. Thermal imaging is also a great tool to help plumbing & heating contractors find broken or leaking heating loops.
Is there heat in this bathroom floor? The only way we can tell if the radiant flooring is working is with thermal imaging.
- Pest Applications
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. When possible, other tools are used to verify Thermal Images, but even with these considerations we do not claim to have x-ray vision. Conditions may change and cause the apparent temperature readings revealed in Thermal Images to be different at any given time.