Infrared (IR) Image Testing?
Infrared imaging is a technology that shows you elements of your home or commercial building that you can’t see with the naked eye. This technology records surface temperatures using an infrared thermal imaging camera. These cameras use heat instead of light. An infrared camera can detect heat loss, damaged heating systems, air conditioner leaks, structural defects, and broken window-panel seals. They can also detect even the smallest differences in heat between objects (sometimes as small as 1/10th of a degree!). IR cameras (or sensors) translate temperature variances into an image that is easy to understand. A thermal imaging camera allows you to see a picture of an entire room and the temperature changes between objects.
INFRARED IMAGE TESTING
In construction, infrared imaging is used to detect heat leaks and faulty thermal insulation. These defects can compromise the efficiency of both cooling and heating systems. Although it seems as if IR cameras can see through walls, the reality is that they simply record the temperature of the wall and the insulation inside.
In construction this is crucial to fully understanding what is inside the walls. It is also important for detecting moisture intrusion such as plumbing or roof leaks and mechanical failures.
What Are The
Benefits Of IR Inspections?
EARLY DETECTION OF NEEDED REPAIRS
Using infrared technology is important in construction as a way to diagnose any issues that are visibly undetectable. With an IR inspection, you can determine the amount of work needed before purchasing a property. In addition, proactive routine IR inspections can be used as a cost-saving preventative measure for property owners.
IR inspections can save property owners thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. By discovering potential problems ahead of time, you can prevent these issues from becoming visible to tenants or guests. Finding the presence of leaking pipes during an IR inspection, for example, can avoid the cost of fixing the inevitable bowing of ceilings and cracks within a structure if this is not quickly addressed.
Damaged HVAC systems, mechanical issues, and faulty electricity are hazardous and could cause severe damage or possible bodily harm. Old motors, compressors, or pumps can turn into expensive repairs for a property owner. By using IR inspections as a preventative measure, property owners are able to determine issues, prolong the longevity of their structure, and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
ENERGY CONSERVATION / ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION
An infrared inspection often reveals defective elements. Repairing outdated or comprised systems will ultimately conserve energy and save money over time and passing an IR inspection can earn an ENERGY STAR CERTIFICATION for your property. There are many benefits to this certification, including lower energy bills and cheaper insurance rates.
Do I Need An Infrared Inspection?
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED AN IR INSPECTION
It’s nearly impossible to know with 100% certainty if you have underlying issues on your property that could result in costly repairs. This is mostly due to the fact that once a structure is built, you can’t see those areas with the most potential for expensive repairs. This alone makes an IR inspection a wise investment.
It’s a good idea to have an infrared inspection at the beginning of the building process. If this is not possible, there are some things you can look for in an existing structure to determine the presence of underlying issues.
SOME RED FLAGS INCLUDE:
- Collapsed glass
- Electrical problems
- Stains on the ceiling
- Tiled shower leaks
If you’ve noticed one or more of these within your home or commercial building, you should seek a solution as quickly as possible.
Trust GreenWorks to conduct an IR Inspection on your home or commercial property.
Inspections can be performed quickly, accurately, and safely.
Our knowledge and experience help you to implement and maintain a safe, cost-effective approach to your home or commercial property.
GreenWorks technicians are thoroughly trained on data acquisition and interpretation. This enables us to detect problems prior to failure.
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