Infrared thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal or infrared energy, is the light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat.
Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared energy. Expect Four Square Home Inspections to utilize infrared analysis to identify structural deficiencies, insulation issues, and moisture penetration issues.
Our Infrared Analysis Process
We use infrared imaging to detect defects and issues that may be present on a property that are not readily detectable with the naked eye or through traditional inspectional techniques. Infrared thermography can be used for a multitude of applications, including building diagnostics for moisture intrusion, insulation voids, ventilation issues, energy evaluations and auditing, and electrical troubleshooting among other applications.
We utilize two differing approaches to infrared. The most common application is where a client wishes to supplement their home inspection with a thermal imaging “scan.” This approach involves a simple “walk-around” with the client to survey the home using the infrared camera (FLIR E-60). This “walk-around” is conducted without the use of a blower door and generally no formal report is issued (although one can be prepared for an additional fee. The client is advised on-site about issues that may warrant correction or improvement. This approach has certain limits as to the time of day or season when is most beneficial and productive.
The secondary application involves the use of a blower door to negatively pressurize the home (this negative pressurization is most common but sometimes the home must be positively pressurized). This second approach is more time consuming and is more expensive but can be more revealing almost any time of day or season. This second approach, using the blower door technology coupled with the infrared camera, helps to visually enhance building defects including building envelope (walls and ceilings) locating air leaks, duct leakage, insulation defects, air infiltration, building tightness, air exchange rates and other issues.
Of course, I will be happy to discuss the options, pricing and benefits of each approach.
For more details about infrared analysis, call us at440-446-8000!
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