Inspec-Pro Home Inspection uses equipment that meets Canadian Government Standards (NMS 022713) for our thermographic inspections or, thermal imaging home inspections. We use a very specific protocol focused on identifying thermal anomalies, and our inspectors have been trained on the equipment and the protocol by leaders in thermographic training.
Reading the thermal images produced by an infrared camera during an inspection allows for quick and accurate identification of defects that may not always be immediately apparent to the naked eye. Infrared imaging is especially useful when looking for air leaks, including insulation defects, during an energy audit because it allows the inspector to actually view the apparent temperatures in a given area.
By purposely controlling the temperature and air pressure in the interior of a house, air can be forced inside through cracks and holes. Using an infrared camera, the sources of these air leaks can be quickly located and visually documented. Areas of insufficient insulation also become more apparent when viewed through an infrared camera and can be visually documented, as well.
Our infrared camera offers a non-invasive means of monitoring the condition of buildings providing on-site high-resolution thermal imagery, revealing potential structural and moisture issues as well as energy efficiency issues.
This specialty tool is used in every area of your home and can uncover in New or older built homes:
missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation
moisture intrusion that could lead to mold under floors
energy loss and efficiency
heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
unknown plumbing leaks
electrical issues, and more
How It Works
While there are other infrared tools available, such as spot radiometers and thermal line scanners, a thermal imaging camera is the most accurate device to use for energy-audit inspections. The camera reads infrared radiation in order to express heat differences and temperature signatures.
The camera sees light that is within the heat spectrum that exists just beyond the spectrum that can be seen with the naked eye. Differing heat signatures are displayed in the camera's viewfinder as a gradient colour scheme, with hotter areas displayed as brighter colours, and cooler areas as darker colours.
An inspector can view this information thermographic inspection in order to make observations and find defects. By viewing the hottest and coldest areas, inspectors can collect valuable data about the building envelope. Images taken with the IR camera can be included alongside digital photos of the same problem area in the inspection report.