An infrared home inspection is a non-destructive, investigative tool that creates a more detailed and accurate assessment of a building. Also known as thermography, an infrared home inspection uses infrared radiation to create an image that reveals temperature differences throughout a home or office. A thermographic scan can be highly effective at uncovering hidden defects that are not visible to the naked eye.
An infrared home inspection is done on either the interior or exterior. Since weather conditions can affect the results, interior scans are generally more accurate because of the reduced air movement.
Why Should I Do An Infrared Home Inspection?
An infrared home inspection can identify and document:
- Energy loss and efficiency
- Unknown plumbing leaks
- Hidden roof leaks before they cause severe damageMissing, damaged, or wet insulation
- Missing, damaged, or wet insulation
- Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
- Water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold
- Broken seals in double pane windows
- Damaged or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
- Electrical faults before they cause a fire
- Overloaded and undersized circuits
- Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement
- Overheated equipment
Infrared building surveys are the only proven, non-destructive and complete method for troubleshooting building heat loss and moisture problems. Building owners use infrared testing to save millions of dollars every year by reducing energy costs, minimizing structural damage, and enhancing occupant comfort and health.
A Checkmark Infrared Home Inspection Report Can Help You:
- Prioritize and document heat loss problems
- Determine best options for energy-saving renovation and retrofits
- Increase energy efficiency
- Locate causes of frozen pipes, ice dams, and moisture damage
- Reduce heating and cooling costs
- Identify sources of air and water infiltration
- Pinpoint missing, damaged or wet insulation
Are Infrared Home Inspections Important?
Infrared home inspection could help you to improve your home, whether you are buying, selling, or staying put. The technology we use during our assessment will help you to:
- See what you are getting in a new home purchase, pre-post renovations
- Find problems in your current home
- Make corrective action determinations and cost decisions
- Know how and where you need to make improvements
- Cut down your energy bills
- Make your home as energy efficient as possible
An infrared inspection will not only help to assess your home, but it will provide you with visual images to demonstrate where heat is being lost.
With the high cost of energy today, homeowners and small businesses should also use infrared imaging for energy savings, moisture detection (leading to mold in some cases), and especially for electrical panel inspections that can detect potential fire hazards from bad connections, overloaded circuits and more.