Large portion of insulation missing in an attic.
Infrared Imaging or Thermal Imaging is a type of infrared imaging science. Infrared cameras detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum and produce images of that radiation. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects based on their temperatures, thermography makes it possible to "see" one's environment with or without visible illumination. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature, therefore thermography allows one to see variations in temperature (hence the name). When viewed by an infrared camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds.
Thermal imaging has many uses. For example, firefighters use it to see through smoke, find persons, and localize the base of a fire. With thermal imaging, power lines maintenance technicians locate overheating joints and parts, a tell-tale sign of their failure, to eliminate potential hazards. Where thermal insulation becomes faulty, building construction technicians can see thermal signatures that indicate heat leaks and to improve the efficiencies of cooling or heating air-conditioning.
Thermal imaging with your home inspection allows the inspector to see things within the home not visible to anyone. The infrared camera can detect things like missing insulation, water leaks, overheating wires and electrical faults and thermal loss. The Infrared camera is similar to a camcorder or digital camera and the inspector can record the infrared images within the home for documentation within the report.
Robert is a Certified Thermographer through Flir. Flir is the leading Infrared camera manufacturer. We utilize a Flir camera at every inspection.