Infrared Thermography Inspections

Infrared Thermography Inspections: Why You Need Them…

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Infrared thermography involves measuring the temperature of a surface by using specially designed infrared videos or still cameras to make images, known as thermograms, which show the heat spectrum. The images on the film or video record the temperature variations of a building’s shell, ranging from white for warmer areas to black for cooler regions.

The resulting images will be used by your inspector for quality control as well as to ensure that the insulation has been installed correctly. So how can an infrared thermography inspection help you?

Electrical inspections in buildings

Infrared electrical inspections are conducted to find hot spots that are caused by defects in electrical connections and components. This method is used to spot areas with excessive heat and increased electrical resistance so that the problems are corrected as soon as possible before they cause a safety hazard.

Since increased heating of electrical components is a sign of failure, infrared thermography inspection is the safest diagnostic tool for finding the hot connections in the early stages of degeneration. This is why your insurer may ask for an electrical infrared inspection to prevent electrical problems before they cause injury to the occupants of your building. Your inspector should provide you with a well-detailed inspection report and advise you on whether you’ll need a simple repair or a complete replacement of your electric components.

Insulation inspections 

Infrared thermography can be used to detect damaged, missing, or non-performing insulation. This inspection is usually done from both outside and inside the building, but the most accurate results are seen from inside because there are fewer external influences. Each and every type of insulation in your building has a unique thermal pattern which is susceptible to cracking and shrinkage if poorly installed. A careful investigation from a certified infrared thermographer will help prevent a huge cost of poor performance of insulation and excessive energy consumption.

Thermal heat loss inspections and air leakage source identification

Infrared thermographic scans are used to detect temperature variations in the shell of a building which helps to determine whether heat is being lost or air is being leaked. Because of its accuracy, a thermal imaging camera is used. It produces 2-dimensional thermal pictures of the area showing heat leakage. Air leakages can lead to significant energy consumption in your building. Visualizing air leakage pathway can be extremely difficult without thermal imaging.

Reducing the amount of air that leaks in or out of your building is the most cost-effective way of cutting cooling and heating costs, increasing comfort, improving durability, and creating a healthier indoor environment. Infrared thermography inspections are non-destructive and non-invasive. This means that no walls, ceilings, or floors are opened to perform the inspection.

At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we conduct thorough infrared thermography inspections that detail areas of concern such as air leakages, insulation problems, poor workmanship, missing insulation, structural defects, moisture condensation problems, as well as damage due to mold. Our inspectors are experienced, skilled, and certified infrared thermographers who are always happy and available to offer their professional services. Our sheer affordability and expertise are what set us far apart from other inspection firms. For exceptional services, contact us today!


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  • January 27, 2018

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  • March 27, 2018

    My husband and I run a small business and we just bought a new warehouse. Our worry is that we will be spending more money than needed on our electric bill if the building is not properly insulated, so we are looking at using electrical scanning to show up the places in the building that are more in need of insulation. It is good to know it is also helpful for building inspections.

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