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Heat can be described as the energy associated with the random and chaotic motions of the atomic particles from which matter is composed.
The themal imaging camera has a lens which focuses on the infrared light being emitted by object camera is pointed at. The cameral typically has a phased array which will detect the infrared elements and depict them as a thermogram.
The thermalgram is interpeted by the circuits in the camera and transmitted to the display. Most cameras can display in black and white (greyscale) or in colour (rainbow) depending on settings the operator chooses.
Infrared cameras scan at a rate of 29 to 31 times a second and can read temperature from minus 20 degrees C to over 2000 degrees C. These cameras can detect a change in temperature as small as 0.2 C.
Home inspectors typically will be using the un-cooled type of thermal imaging camera.
Thermal imaging can identify Moisture Intrusion in ceilings, windows and walls. Wet insulation caused by roof leaks can also be identifed. This is especially valuable on Commercial Roofs as water penetration can be detected prior to actually leaking into building. Hot spots in electrical equipment can also be detected by profesisonal use of Thermal Imaging camera.
Light is basically divided into two categories for the purpose of thermal imaging, visible light and invisible light. There is an almost infinite range of light beyond human range of vision. Light, as described in physics, is an electromagnetic wave that propagates through space at a fixed speed. This wave is further identified by its wave length, frequency and energy. As displayed below the actual wavelengths visible to the human eye is quite small.
Although most moisture problems are visible there are times where an area may have been repaired but there is still a minor leak which has not become visible, this is where a thermal image scan will detect hidden moisture.
As shown in the pictures below, thermal imaging using an infrared camera has no problem finding and identifying missing insulation in the ceiling.
Typically, when people are looking for an insurance type of inspection, a visual inspection is conducted to determine if there is evidence of any problems with the installation. This includes examining clearances, chimney heights and visual signs of deterioration. If there are concerns identified, then the inspector should make a recommendation that the appliance be checked and, if necessary, repaired by a certified technician or chimney sweep.
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