Infrared thermal imaging (also known as thermography) is an emerging technology that may allow your SVHI inspector to show you things about your home that no one can show you using conventional inspection methods.
Infrared thermal imaging may help diagnose the problem rather than merely identify symptoms and can often identify and document:
The color images produced can then be included in the inspection report to provide supporting documentation. One picture is worth a thousand words.
We use leading-edge thermal imaging technology, thermography, during your site inspections to help us determine deficiencies for an accurate report. This should NOT be confused with requesting an energy audit which requires more time, additional equipment, and different procedures.
SVHI employs comparative qualitative thermography measurement. We compare the thermal pattern or profile of a building component to the visible light profile of the same component. The results obtained by infrared thermography are largely influenced by the time of day, weather, and exposure. This is because there needs to be a strong differential or net thermal change occurring in order to identify the conditions.
Although infrared thermal imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy. When possible, 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 readings revealed in thermal images to be different at any given time.