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How Infrared Technology Works

Looking at the chart below demonstrates how little the human eye can actually see, yet a Certified Infrared Inspector using an infrared camera allows him to see things that other inspectors understandably miss. Simply having an infrared camera will yield little information to the untrained eye yet when understanding how infrared technology works with a keen understanding of building science an inspector can use such technology to help find problems within your home or property that is often invisible to the naked eye.

Unlike visible light, in the infrared world everything with a temperature above absolute zero ( -459 degress fahrenheit) emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cube, emit infrared.  The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted which allows to literally see things in a different light......infrared light.

How can this benefit you?

Our Infrared / Themography inspections are non-destructive, which allows us to show you things about your home or business that no one can show you with conventional inspection methods which take more time and often are not as thorough.

A picture says a thousand words; infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that lets you instantly visualize and verify thermal performance but, using infrared images to find a problem is sometimes not enough.

In fact, an infrared camera image without an accurate measurement says very little, it is important for the inspector to know how to analyze the information they are receiving, this requires understanding the dynamic relationship that various systems and components of a home have with one another. What may look like air intrusion to some inspectors may simply be how the structure was framed. This is where actual construction experience comes into play.

What are some of the things you look for in an Infrared Inspection?

  • electrical faults before they cause a fire.
  • overloaded and undersized circuits.
  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement.
  • missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation.
  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors.
  • water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold.
  • possible pest infestation.
  • hidden roof leaks, before they cause serious damage.
  • air conditioner compressor leaks.
  • under fastening and/or missing framing members.
  • structural defects.
  • broken seals in double pane windows.
  • energy loss and efficiency.
  • dangerous flue leaks.
  • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems.
  • unseen plumbing leaks.
  • overheated equipment.
Below are just a few of the hundreds of pictures we have taken:
ABOVE:  Water leak in a bath room, moisture wicking up the wall, unseen with the naked eye until months later.
ABOVE:  Pull down door improperly insulated & HVAC duct work leaking in attic, resulting in loss of energy.
ABOVE:  Infrared reveals insulation that is missing in gable of this family room.
ABOVE:  Radiant floor working properly.
ABOVE:  Improper flashing of roof often goes undetected, even by most home inspectors.
ABOVE:  Moisture in ceiling and  a front door losing a tremendous amount of heat.

The U.S. Department Of Energy Now Recommends That A Thermographic Scan Be Done Before Purchasing A House, Even On New Homes!

Thermography uses specially designed infrared video or still cameras to make images (called thermograms) that show surface heat variations. This technology has a number of applications. Thermograms of electrical systems can detect abnormally hot electrical connections or components. Thermograms of mechanical systems can detect the heat created by excessive friction. Energy auditors use thermography as a tool to help detect heat losses and air leakage in building envelopes.
Infrared scanning allows energy auditors to check the effectiveness of insulation in a building's construction. The resulting thermograms help auditors determine whether a building needs insulation and where in the building it should go. Because wet insulation conducts heat faster than dry insulation, thermographic scans of roofs can often detect roof leaks.
In addition to using thermography during an energy audit, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house. A thermographic scan performed by a certified technician is usually accurate enough to use as documentation in court proceedings.

 

Because of the continual demand for energy, utility companies have to raise their rates. We try to find ways that help curtail that extra expense; one of those ways is through our energy audit program / inspection.

Contact us to do an energy audit in order to bring your utility bills down. Even in newer homes we find problems that the builder and homeowner never knew existed. Imagine the money you would be out of pocket if this hidden problem continues... Our services pay for themselves!

 

Which cup was hot?

its the one on the right.....close to 160 degrees!

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Inspector: Jeff Haynes

Phone: (704) 791-0318

Email: jhaynes417@gmail.com