A New Dimension in Inspections

What is Infrared Thermography?

Infrared Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Infrared is especially useful for noting temperature variations behind walls. A trained technician can spot problems in homes ranging from water leaking behind walls, rodent and insect infestations, mold colonies hidden in wall cavities, missing insulation, and hidden electrical problems.


Here we see a thermogram of
missing ceiling insulation.

Here is a nice hot "can light" radiating 102 degree heat into the room.  Note the missing insulation around the light.
(the light is NOT on this is heat leaking in from the attic.)

Here is an un-insulated attic access hatch. Note the color scale on the right.  Most of it is over 100 degrees!