The Benefits of Thermal Imaging
in Residential Home Inspections

When you decide that you’re ready to become a homeowner, you know it’s going to be one of the most important decisions in your life. You’re trying to settle down and have a place to call your own. But you’re going to want to make sure it’s best as it can be. When you have your home inspected by a professional home inspector, there are some benefits to having an inspector with thermography certification.

Thermal Imaging in home inspections is a non-invasive way for the inspector to find details about the house that are not as easy to spot by normal means. With the technology of thermal imaging, an inspector can find out more details about your future home and if there are any problem areas that may need addressing.

Energy Loss

Thermal Imaging can help detect areas of both heat loss and air infiltration, whether it’s in the walls, floors, windows, the ceiling, and any doors that are supposedly sealed. If you have any radiating heat systems, thermal imaging can also help determine if your systems are working well or are damaged. If your double-pane windows have a broken seal, thermal imaging can also help you detect these problems. By leaving these problems alone, they can result in loss of heat or cooling, and higher energy bills.

Hot Spots

Electrical issues can result in numerous power-related issues, but they also can present a fire hazard. With thermal imaging, your inspector can locate those electrical faults and overheated electrical equipment before they become a potential fire hazard and damage your home. Your home inspector can also detect circuit breakers that may need to be switched out as well as circuits that are either overloaded or underloaded, all with the help of thermal imaging. Protect your new home by spotting these issues early with a home inspection.

Moisture Problems

Water damage can be just as costly as fire damage from electrical issues. A home inspector with a thermography certification can help spot these trouble spots where there may be leak or water penetration. With thermal imaging, the home inspector will be able to spot hidden roof leaks, plumbing leaks, missing insulation, and even locate moisture intrusion in areas such as the home foundation. It is important to find these problem areas as they could lead to both structural damage and dangerous mold.

Pest Control

A home inspector with thermal imaging equipment can also spot pest areas. Wood-boring insects can lead to energy loss as they create their tunnels through the wooden structures of your home. Larger pests, such as mice and rats, will often try to infiltrate and build a nest within a home. Their heat signatures and nesting locations can be found using thermal imaging.