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Thermal Inspection Center

  • Q: What is a thermal imaging?

    A: The process of measuring surface temperatures to uncover heating and cooling deficiencies in a home. A thermal imaging inspection can also identify faulty wiring, water and air leaks, condensation problems and damaged or insufficient insulation. It is a fast, cost effective way to determine how much heat your home may be losing.

  • Q: Why should I consider a thermal imaging inspection?

    A: To save money on heating costs. A thermal imaging inspection is the best method available to determine how much heat your home may be losing. It can uncover hidden problems that can be repaired to lower your energy bills. A thermal imaging technician may uncover poor insulation or faulty workmanship that may be missed during a standard home inspection.

  • Q: What's involved in a thermal infrared inspection?

    A: A thermal infrared technician will use a thermal imaging camera to create a graph that shows heat loss in various areas of the home. He will scan for problems related to:

    • Water and moisture intrusion
    • Electrical system components
    • Thermal insulation
    • Structural components
    • Flat roof components
    • Pitched roof components
    • The building envelope
    • Material defects
    • Air infiltration / Heat loss
    • HVAC components
    • Radiant heating systems
  • Q: How should I choose a thermal infrared inspector?

    A: There are currently no licensing requirements for thermal infrared inspectors in the U.S., but ask if the technician is a certified thermographer who has been trained to use thermal imaging equipment. For more information, visit infraredtraining.com.

    Always request and then check recent references. Check to see if the company has any unresolved complaints that have been filed with the city or state consumer protection agency or Better Business Bureau.

  • Q: How much does a thermal infrared inspection cost?

    A: Prices range from $150 to $500 depending on the size and location of the home.

  • Q: Who pays for the thermal infrared imaging inspection?

    A: Sellers are currently paying for more than half of the thermal imaging inspections conducted in the U.S.