Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging, or the use of an infrared camera, when assessing thermal insulation, structural, and HVAC issues can safe your business thousands of dollars in unforeseen problems. The use of thermal images is a non-invasive, yet extremely efficient way to diagnose problems with your building heating and cooling systems. This cutting edge technology can also be used as the residential level to check for roof leaks, poor insulation, and checking the efficiency of your windows.

A thermographic camera detects infrared radiation from the magnetic spectrum to produce an image called a thermogram, a visual depiction of the variations in temperature detected within the camera’s field of view. With it, you can read a thermal signature as small as an electrical box or as big as a building envelope.

As the finding of blockages, inefficiencies, and damages beneath the dry exterior surface of a home can typically involve a lot of drilling and cutting into questionable areas, employing mostly trial and error. The traditional methods for HVAC specialists can be quite invasive. Likewise, the use of X-ray systems are sometimes used to see inside of walls and roofs non-destructively, but can only “see” certain types of materials. They are also extremely expensive to operate, and, just as with medical x-rays, come with serious safety issues that just aren’t a problem with infrared cameras.

With the thermogram, we can read a thermal signature as small as an electrical box or as big as a building envelope. In laymen’s terms, infrared cameras provide a way of seeing the insides of things. Since infrared cameras detect heat, using them to scan for temperature differences on the outside allows our technicians to get a very good idea of the temperature differentials in a defined area.

When attempting to find trapped moisture in metal panels, a roof absorbs heat from the sun. As the sun goes down and temperatures dip, wet areas of the roof release heat slower than dry areas. The temperature differential is shown on the image through variations in color. Using the thermogram, you can pinpoint where water may have leaked through the roof and into the insulation.
Heat is emitted differently depending on size, density and weight of an object. To an infrared camera, an insulated wall looks different than a grouted one. Both of those look different than a wall that is just empty. Using an infrared camera, we can see all the inside areas of any structure and can instantly determine if components are damaged, missing, or out of place, leaving your building or roof intact but still diagnosing the problem.

This also applies to preventative maintenance. Tech Clean can use an infrared diagnostic to not only detect hard to spot problems, but also to see problems before they become serious issues. We can then diagnose not just the extent to but also the source of many of these potential threats. Better to pinpoint potential problems before they arise and become expensive and labor intensive.

In most cases, a large reduction in costs is afforded by the use of thermal imaging to sort out issues before they become actual problems. Early detection of moisture inside a wall, for instance, allows for an earlier, simple, relatively less expensive fix which would not be possible much later. Extended, undetected exposure to moisture also creates a pervasive problem with mold.
With rising energy costs, business and home owners will be pleased to find out about any inefficiencies causing energy losses in their buildings or homes without having to pay for a team to come in and essentially rip the structure apart to diagnose an issue that might otherwise have had a miner solution. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning costs can be kept down, and thermal imaging is an extremely efficient and cutting edge method of finding problems with these systems.

There are many thermographic cameras on the market today, but not everyone has the experience and training to read the images correctly. It takes a trained and experienced expert to tell the difference between evidence of thermal bridging, air leakage, and moisture. It is better to hire a professional who understands building construction, understands building science, and has history of conducting thermographic inspections. Call Tech Clean and we will use this technology to find issues before they become problems.   Back to News & Events