Thermal Imaging

Often times thermal imaging can detect a small problem in a home,
before it becomes a major problem!
Thermal Imaging Redmond, Oregon – Bend, Oregon
Prineville, Oregon – Madras, Oregon

What is thermal imaging (IR Scans)?

All objects emit infrared energy (heat) as a function of their temperature. The infraredinfrared_house energy emitted by an object is known as its heat signature. In general, the hotter an object is, the more radiation it emits. A thermal imager (also known as a thermal camera) is essentially a heat sensor that is capable of detecting tiny differences in temperature. The device collects the infrared radiation from objects in the scene and creates an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences. Because objects are rarely precisely the same temperature as other objects around them, a thermal camera can detect them and they will appear as distinct in a thermal image.

What is the advantage to thermal imaging (IR Scans) with a home inspection?

Home inspections are a visual inspection, we can only report on what we see. Thermal imaging gives us the ability to see beyond the normally visible. We use a thermal imaging camera to accurately detect hot and cold spots in the home which can find many problems with a home that were not visible to the naked eye.

Examples of what you could find with an IR Scan:

  • Finding water leaks, water and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, through masonry, floors, above windows and doors
  • Evaluation of the electrical system of the house, looking for ‘hot’ connections and aging, overheating circuit beakers
  • Wood destroying insect infestation
  • Insulation efficiency and coverage
  • Energy efficiency and use evaluation, energy audits, HVAC duct leakage
  • Aged electrical receptacles, circuit breakers, loose wiring connections
  • Possible areas of mold buildup
  • Leaking roofs and skylights
Exterior Image Infrared 2

Exterior Image

Exterior Image Infrared

Exterior Image

Moisture above door Infrared

Moisture Above Door on the Interior

Missing Insulation Infrared 2

Missing Insulation






In floor heating Infrared 2

Thermal Image of Radiant Heating

Missing Insulation Infrared

Missing Insulation in Attic





Below are three articles that illustrate what an IR Camera can detect with a properly trained home inspector:

IR Cameras- Inspecting for Moisture Intrusion

IR Cameras – Electrical

IR Cameras- Inspecting Roofs

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