There has never been a simpler way of detecting and diagnosing a range of building problems than using thermographic inspection devices. Energy auditors and home inspectors regularly use thermography for reliable, instant and accurate building diagnosis to deal with many building problems like moisture problems, detecting thermal defects, and air leakage in homes.
Types of thermographic devices
The home inspector or energy auditor may use the following thermographic inspection devices to ease their work:
How thermal imaging works
Infrared cameras are commonly used to detect heat emissions and insulation defects of a building. Since thermal energy is a kind of light that can't be easily detected with our own eyes, therefore we use infrared cameras to detect long and complicated wavelengths. So in this case, it's that area of the light scale that we notice as heat. The home inspector uses thermography inspection devices, i.e. an infrared camera, to detect the variations in the surface temperature of walls, pipes, heaters, ceilings, etc. The variations in temperatures can indicate a build-up of moisture and heat in the house due to failed insulation.
Detecting faults in insulation systems
Infrared thermography also allows you to find out the effectiveness of insulation systems after the building construction, i.e. detecting poorly installed window panes, roof leaks, etc. The results (thermograms) can help you to decide whether new insulation systems should be installed and where exactly to fix them.
Applicability of thermography
The thermographic inspection can be carried out either from the interior or the exterior of the building. This depends on the effective thermographic procedure to yield the most accurate results under the given weather conditions. But most inspectors would use interior scans because the escaping heat usually doesn't move in a conventional way.
It is also difficult to detect the temperature variations from the outside, especially when there's a lot of wind. Therefore, thermographic inspections will produce accurate results in a reduced air movement such as a home's interior.
It is very important that before you buy a house, you should make a thermographic scan, both in its interior and exterior for any insulation defects. Furthermore, for accurate and reliable thermographic inspections, it's better to find a technician like Safe House Property Consultants.
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