Thermography or Thermal Imaging

What is Thermography?

All objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit infrared radiation. The amount of infrared radiation an object emits increases with temperature. Thermography (also commonly called Infrared (IR) or Thermal Imaging)  is a science and a non-invasive method for detecting temperature variations related to heat. While a regular camera basically is a light sensor, capable of creating images by detecting tiny differences in light, an infrared (IR) or thermal camera is essentially a heat sensor capable of creating electronic images based on the interpretation of temperature differences across surfaces.

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How is Thermography helpful during a home inspection?

Infrared or thermal imaging technology not only compliments the conventional home inspection methods, it offers key advantages as it can help identify – or rule out – problem areas that may not immediately be seen with the naked eye.  Thermography can increase the likelihood of detecting:

  • Missing, inconsistent, or wet insulation
  • Heating and cooling losses around windows, doors, electrical outlets, etc.
  • Leaky or disconnected duct work
  • Broken seals in thermal pane windows
  • Moisture issues such as roof leaks, plumbing leaks, leaky skylights, leaky foundations, moisture ingress
  • Electrical hot spots
  • Poor construction
  • Damaged or malfunctioning in-floor heat
  • Signs of rodents or insects

As an avid proponent of thermography a thermal scan is included in all home inspections I do, rather than offering it as an add-on service.