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!

how infrared cameras work

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.

As such, infrared cameras are becoming more and more important in today’s home inspection industry, especially for our teams in Montreal and Ottawa.

Take full advantage of this awesome technology–call the certified pros at Mold Busters to book your thermal imaging survey!

Video: How Infrared Cameras Work For Home Inspections

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

Video: How Infrared Cameras Help Detect Mold

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.

Moreover, if you’re unable to have an in-person inspection, we also offer a free virtual mold inspection service to help identify potential mold issues.

Experience the benefit of thermal inspections—book your IR inspection today!

Published: September 6, 2018 Updated: February 3, 2020

John Ward

Written by:

Account Executive
Mold Busters

Fact checked by:

Mold Busters

Michael Golubev