How Infrared Cameras Work
As humans, we are limited in terms of what we can see with our eyes. We see only visible light, which is just a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum. We cannot see infrared radiation (heat)–at least not without an infrared camera!
An IR camera, also called a thermal imaging camera or a thermal imager, records infrared radiation given off by the objects in its field of view, producing a thermogram (infrared image). This entire process takes just a fraction of a second!
Every object has its own unique heat signature because different materials emit different amounts of infrared radiation. In a thermogram, warmer surfaces appear in red, orange and yellow tones while cooler surfaces appear in different shades of blue, purple and green.
This makes it possible to identify abnormal thermal patterns, which may indicate problems like air leakage and moisture penetration. As such, infrared cameras are becoming more and more important in today’s home inspection industry.
Take full advantage of this awesome technology–call the certified pros at Mold Busters to book your thermal imaging survey!
Common problems detected by an infrared camera
Here are some of the common problems detected by IR cameras during a home inspection:
- Air leakage and heat loss
- Leaks, water damage and other moisture problems
- Missing or inadequate insulation
- Foundation cracks, gaps and holes
- Missing shingles and other roofing issues
- Chimney cracks
- Poorly sealed windows and doors
- Leaky pipes and faulty plumbing
Why we use infrared cameras
At Mold Busters, our technicians use IR cameras because they add speed and detail to our inspections. From building envelope surveys and roof inspections to energy audits and moisture detection, thermal imaging cameras often result in:
Here are just a couple of reasons why we choose infrared:
- It saves time. We don’t need to physically search every corner and crevice of your home to find what we’re looking for.
- It saves money. We detect all problems that are costing you, whether in damages or energy consumption.
- It gives you peace of mind. With the speed and precision of thermal imaging, you can rest assured that we’ll catch every problem, no matter how big or small.
Experience the benefit of thermal inspections—book your IR inspection today!