Thermal Imaging, Infrared inspections, Energy Loss Evaluations

Energy Loss Evaluations (Thermal Imaging)

An Energy Loss Evaluation is a Thermal Imaging scan (using an Infrared Camera) of the homes
Exterior envelope and Interior. Infrared Cameras detect temperatures of a surface. Thermal Imaging cameras measure surface temperature only. It is NOT x-ray vision
On the Exterior inspection -  I look for areas of 
*heat loss
*water intrusion
*plumbing leaks.
During the Interior inspection - I look for areas of

*heat loss and insulation deficiencies
*air infiltration
*plumbing leakage
*water intrusion
*leaking HVAC ducting
*possible electrical deficiencies
*moisture intrusion from the exterior,
Moisture can be conducive to fungi-mold, decay and wood destroying insects.

Using Infrared technology can help identify these areas.

I will use my infrared camera during a typical home inspection to inspect suspect moisture intrusion areas and ceilings underneath upper bathrooms to help detect leaking bathroom fixtures that have not yet become visible on the ceiling surface.

 

   

Hot spot (yellow) is an old door bell transformer that is no longer in use. Notice the
temperature. Transformer is 86 degrees and the wall is 66 degrees
This is "electrical" energy loss

 

This shows a cold spot (blue) indicating that the connection to this ceiling HVAC vent
is leaking. This is energy loss (AC system in use) and because this cold air can cause
condensation, there is a  potential for moisture and mold problems above in ceiling.

 
Picture of in floor hot water heating, yellow lines are the heating zones. Part of a typical
home inspection where there is in floor heating.

Warm area (yellow) where lower roof meets the siding of the upper level of the home
shows a great amount of heat loss.
Compare the spot temperatures - 5.8 degrees and 21 degrees.

 

This is a picture of the ceiling in a 2 story home under the upper bathroom, taken
during a typical home inspection. The blue indicates a cold area. I tested this area
with a moisture meter and found moisture. The upper bathroom shower was leaking.
There were no signs of moisture to the naked eye. This leak would not have been
found without using an infrared camera.

**Thermal Imaging and Infrared technology can also be used to find electrical problems, machinery problems and more. Where ever temperature differences may indicate a problem