Thermal Imaging by IM Home Inspections!
Thermal Imaging, also called Infrared Imaging, or simply IR photography, uses a camera that detects differences in temperature to see things that may not be visible.
Thermal imaging is not x-ray vision, rather it displays differences in temperatures of the surface. Surface temperature can be affected by what is under the surface.
The greater the temperature difference, the clearer the image is. For example, if it is 95 degrees outside, but you have been running the AC set to 78 all day, a thermal image can show great detail about an exterior wall. However, with an interior wall, where both sides are the same temperature, very little, if any detail, will be present.
Not everyone with a fancy camera knows how to use it. A certified thermographer is someone who has taken the time and effort to study this complex science.
Thermal Imaging is useful for:
- Determining water leaks or moisture intrusion when combined with a moisture meter.
- Overheating electrical elements
- Missing or differences in insulation
- Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) leaks
- Insect or other infestations
A Thermal Imaging Camera is used as part of every home inspection.*
A normal picture, on the left, shows the top of a water heater in a dark corner. The Thermal Image, on the right, shows the heater’s exhaust is leaking into the home .
The regular picture shows a portion of a ceiling with nothing out of the ordinary. The Thermal Image shows a cold spot, which a moisture meter confirmed was a leak from the AC condensation line.
The normal picture shows a regular ceiling. The Thermal Image shows a section of missing insulation.
*Use of thermal camera is limited to inspectors discretion and results can vary depending on temperature conditions at time of the inspection.