Infrared thermal imaging in home inspections is used to detect problems by reading heat signatures of areas within the property. Inspectors can perform thermographic assessments to help uncover problems and safety concerns in the home.
5 Ways Thermal Imaging is Beneficial in Home Inspections
1. Find Damage in the HVAC System
Thermal cameras read the temperature of an area, which is helpful when analyzing HVAC system performance. Due to the camera’s ability to capture differences in temperature, the home inspector can identify problem areas. A thermal camera can reveal overheating components and signs of leakage in the compressor of an air conditioner.
2. Electrical Hazards
Infrared cameras help locate electrical hazards by detecting temperature differences within the walls. When wiring a home, electricians may unintentionally overload the circuit or damage the wiring, leading to hot spots that could cause an electrical fire if left unaddressed.
Hire a home inspector who uses thermal imaging to help identify these dangers. Using the thermal images, the inspector is able to document hot spots with a different temperature from the surrounding areas.
3. Thermal Imaging Detects Heat Loss in a Home
During the fall and winter, it may be difficult to keep your house warm. We often use space heaters or light a fire to keep our homes more comfortable. If your house has poor insulation, the heat escapes rapidly and your power bill will be higher than normal.
Infrared imaging can identify the leaks where heat is escaping. It can also locate areas of missing or damaged insulation. Making repairs to the affected areas means you’ll save on energy costs and your family will be more comfortable throughout the year.
4. Detecting Leaks and Moisture
Water intrusion problems are costly to repair. For example, plumbing leaks behind your walls can cause severe damage, eventually leading to mold growth and affecting your home’s structural integrity. Most of these issues are not discovered until they cause visible damage. However, with the use of an infrared camera, the inspector will see cooler temperatures in the infrared image that indicate an area of concern.
5. Other Issues
Thermal imaging cameras can also detect pests by identifying temperature changes. The camera may be able to ‘see’ an area where a rodent nest is located. The information gained by the use of infrared images will lead to a more thorough assessment of the home’s condition.
Hire a home inspector who uses thermal imaging in home inspections. He or she can identify hidden issues that could become more severe over time.
Alpharetta Property Inspections offers home inspection services to customers in North Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Cobb, Dekalb, and Cherokee counties. We use an infrared camera to help detect problems in the property. Contact us to request an appointment.