Thermal Imaging Services
Central PA Home Inspections can provide you with Infrared Thermography services utilizing Infrared Thermal Imaging Cameras as a tool to help detect construction deficiencies, material defects in buildings or its systems. FLIR cameras, software, along with Thermography Certification have all been acquired as the foundation to provide solid Thermal Imaging services. FLIR systems are the global leader in Infrared cameras. www.flir.com
Infrared Thermal Imaging can evaluate costly heating and cooling losses due to poor construction, missing or damaged insulation or duct work. Water intrusion from roofs, wall cladding, windows as well as plumbing leaks can be identified before any major damage. Thermal Inspections of EPDM rubber roofing to detect and identify the leak sites can be preformed and save many man hours of roofers guess work when leaks can be clearly identified and mapped out for the roofers for easy repair before major damage or re roofing needs occur.
Thermogram of heat losses of a home
All molecules above Absolute Zero, (0 Kelvin) have kinetic energy or emit (EME) electromagnetic energy due to their temperature. It travels through space at the speed of light and can be reflected, refracted, absorbed, and emitted. Infrared energy is generated by the vibration and rotation of atoms and molecules. The higher the temperature of an object, the more the motion and hence the more infrared energy is emitted.
Energy is what the camera sees. Infrared cameras do not use the visible light spectrum. Thermography or Thermal Imaging detects radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. All objects emit a unique thermal signature in the infrared spectrum based on its thermo-physical properties. Infrared thermal cameras can see at night, zero light is needed for thermal viewing. Temperature differences are the key element to infrared imaging. As long as there is a Delta T, the thermal camera can see. Sometimes the environment is used and sometimes you artificially create this delta.
This phenomenon makes it possible for thermal or infrared cameras to capture the IR radiation and to convert these signals into visible video information. Special software and a standard PC can then process the signals.
A qualitative Infrared Thermal Scan and visual inspection of the structure or systems by Central PA Home Inspections will help identify areas of concern. Visual and Infrared images will be stored electronically and used as part of the client final infrared report. Thermogram of trapped water under rubber roofing