What is Thermal Imaging?
Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows home inspectors to show homeowners things about their homes 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. In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
- Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
- Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
- Air-conditioner compressor leaks;
- Under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and
- Broken seals in double-paned windows.
In addition to providing you insight into possible energy loss,
moisture intrusion, and hot spots, a thermal imaging scan help an inspector locate:
– Possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;
– The presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the
structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and
– Dangerous fuel leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
Ridgeview Inspections includes Infrared (thermal imaging) scans of
several major components with each and every home inspection.
Thermal imaging services can also be ordered without an inspection.