Thermal Imaging


Infrared Camera ImageHot or cold air cannot be detected by the naked eye.  An infrared camera has the capability of detecting  a difference in temperature of less than .08°C.  Over time Insulation may begin to sag behind exterior and attic walls causing gaps that result in a difference in the surface temperature of those walls.  These gaps can be "seen" and identified with thermal imaging.  The use of an infrared camera in performing our comprehensive energy audit gives the auditor a visual of these temperature differences using a color spectrum, thereby making it possible to pinpoint problem areas of air leakage that would otherwise go unseen and unnoticed.





Another important use of the infrared camera is that it enables our auditors to find trouble spots behind walls due to hidden water or moisture infiltration. The surface of a wall may seem dry to the naked eye, but unseen moisture infiltration behind walls creates a temperature difference on the surface which the infrared camera can "see". This moisture infiltration can degrade insulation and may be a source of mold growth.