Thermal imaging and Home Inspections
Thermal Imaging utilizes high tech equipment that can see the energy loss of a home.
If your home is an energy loss sieve then your overall energy bills are going to be higher.
In the winter it’s a big deal but have you ever thought of that as a summer problem? Cooling loss in a home can be as detrimental as winter energy loss.
First look, what is Thermal Imaging?
Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the home inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
How can thermal Imaging help a homeowner?
A thermal imager (also known as a thermal camera) is essentially a heat sensor that is capable of detecting tiny differences in temperature. The device collects the infrared radiation from objects in the scene and creates an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences. This technology will pinpoint areas a homeowner needs to focus on to make their home more energy efficient and save money.
Why hire a professional to do a Thermal Imaging Inspection?
First off Thermal Imaging equipment is not cheap; a professional home inspector will have this as part of their tool box and has already invested the money and time to learn the equipment properly.
Secondly, once a proper thermal inspection is performed and any deficiencies have been acted upon it is very unlikely that another thermal image inspection will have to be performed for some time.
Can Thermal Imaging see more than just heat loss?
Yes, thermal imaging can also detect moisture in areas that the naked eye may miss. This can be invaluable in helping to detect future moisture and mold issues. Thermal imaging is invaluable for detecting potential moisture issues. When moisture is present in a material or surface, it is constantly evaporating. This process of cooling during evaporation (when liquid is converted to a gas), is called evaporative cooling. An infrared camera is so sensitive that it can pick up the Delta-T or temperature differential from this process taking place, and alerts me to the potential of possible moisture. This is then verified with a moisture meter to get an exact reading of the moisture content.
In the Twin Cities Minneapolis Saint Paul area Inspections Plus has the experience and equipment to perform Thermal Inspections on your property.