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What are Infrared Waves?

Infrared waves, or infrared light, are part of the electromagnetic spectrum. People encounter Infrared waves every day; the human eye cannot see it, but humans can detect it as heat. 

A remote control uses light waves just beyond the visible spectrum of light—infrared light waves—to change channels on your TV. This region of the spectrum is divided into near-, mid-, and far-infrared. The region from 8 to 15 microns (µm) is referred to by Earth scientists as thermal infrared since these wavelengths are best for studying the longwave thermal energy radiating from our planet.

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Temperature Extremes can be Inspected in Electrical Panels

InfraRed Imaging

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A Thermal Scan, also  referred to as an Infra-Red scan, can detect very small differences in temperature and is used for detecting moisture, insulation levels and some structural issues.

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Basic Infrared Scan:
Includes a partial scan of the home for items such as electrical hot spots, HVAC supply vents, door insulation, exterior door weather-stripping & moisture issues. This type of scan is included with all of our professional home inspection services.
Whole House Scan:
Includes a full scan of the home for items such as electrical hot spots, attic door insulation, HVAC supply vents, exterior door weather-stripping, moisture issues, exterior of the structure, interior walls, ceilings, windows, attic insulation and more. This scan is designed to provide a building envelope survey in which the home’s energy efficiencies are closely examined. The whole house scan can be added to any professional home inspection for an additional fee. We also provide this type of scan as a stand-alone service. Please inquire for specific pricing.

 

Discovering Issues the Naked Eye can't See

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Infrared Imaging can help to identify problems as opposed to just identifying signs. Solutions include:
⌲Warm/Cooled Air loss.
⌲Detecting Water or Moisture in different substrates
⌲Problems in electrical

Thermal bridges
Leaking in A/C ducting
⌲Gaps in insulation
⌲Leaking windows or doors and installment
⌲ EIFS Wall Cladding Examination.
⌲Wetness intrusion examinations of the roof covering and House envelope.
⌲Find Hydronic leakages in Sub floor heating unit.
⌲Evaluate Apartment roofing system for leakages.
⌲Boat hull examination for micro-cracking.
⌲Locate or evaluate Solar Panel installations.
Please Note:  Although infrared thermal imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy, unless removal or destruction of components can be achieved to validate findings.
Other tools are used to verify thermal images, but even with these considerations we do not claim to have x-ray vision.  Conditions may change and cause the apparent temperature reading to be different at any given time.
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Heat Loss through the Roof covering

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Water Flow issues in the radiator

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