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Infrared Thermal Imaging

Infrared thermal imagining is used not only to discover energy inefficiencies, but also areas that may contain moisture and excessive heat. The Thermal Imaging Camera is not a x-ray camera, but a camera that sees heat radiation. This is done by seeing radiation being emitted off of objects. Heat is classified in 3 ways: Convection, Conduction, and Radiation. Radiation is heat transferring through electromagnetic Waves motion. For example, Hot water Radiators use radiation to heat homes by transferring heat from the hotter object to the colder (cold absorbs heat). This infrared energy is light that is not seen by the human eye, but is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Everything gives off radiation; even ice! The hotter an object is, the greater the radiation it gives off. This is how we are able to use the Thermal Imaging Camera to detect areas that may lack insulation, water damage, heat loss, and hot wires and breakers. This is a great tool to see behind walls, because as you need to remember, a Home Inspector does not tear into walls (non-evasive, generalist visual inspection).

The Benefits of Infrared

IR cameras provide the benefit of seeing heat energy of objects, either in the wall or on the surface, that helps the technician evaluate for defects. These temperature differences help in determining:

JDH Inspections has taken the training and expertise necessary to accurately interpret Infrared images and pinpoint problem areas in your home or building. I provide a report with photos at the end of the inspection. This will be emailed to you. I offer this service at an additional cost to my inspection services. Call for quotes, because this adds time to a standard inspection.

Contact us for additional details, or to schedule an Infrared Inspection!

Sample Pictures

Below are pictures that show you how a camera sees differences in heat signatures.

A heat run inside an outside wall going to the second floor.

A heat register that is emitting heat.

Infrared Cameras are great for locating in-floor heat and also finding those leaks. You can also see that there is a hot spot in the far receptacle.

In this picture you can see the cool air infiltrating in the corner of the basement window. This window is glass block with no insulation around it.

This picture is of a water main. You can see the cool water entering the water meter and then leaving. The insulation covers the water as it passes through.

This image is from an interior side of an exterior door of a home. Notice the range of temperature on the side bar used for this shot. It’s easy to understand some weather stripping is needed here. The colors can be easily read as to temperature variation, compared to the accompanying thermometer at the side of the picture.

This is a picture of a bedroom floor at an exterior wall. Sill sealing or insulation is needed.

Notice how the stains in the carpet show up.

The dark color shows the temperature difference of air migrating in these areas. First, coming into the exhaust fan.

Second, possible lack of insulation in the attic.

Moisture in these areas is in the process of evaporating so it cools the area, and this is what then shows up on the camera as a slightly cooler area. It is important to then verify with a moisture meter. You can see the image that the camera produces from the various temperatures.

This picture was taken after a clean up of a water leak under a kitchen sink. You can see the migration of water up the sides of the cabinet.