Two huge costs that business owners have to contend with are problems with a building's insulation envelope and leaks in a roof. Both of these issues are notoriously hard to find. After all, some roof leaks can travel under roofing for several feet before they find an entry point into a building. Similarly, you might not be able to see where air is leaking around an electrical outlet in your home. In either case, you need a tool that can help you to spot problems, and this is where a thermal camera can be useful.
Spotting Roof Leaks
If you have an aging roof, or you have spotted the tell-tale signs of water damage in your home, then you should have your roof inspected to find the source of the leak. A leak in a roof will allow water to build up in the area of the roof surrounding the leak. After the sun starts to fall, the roof will begin to radiate heat into the surrounding air, but the water in a leak will decrease the roofing material's ability to radiate heat. Thus, scanning the roof with a thermal camera in the evening will allow you to quickly spot areas of the roof that are not radiating heat like they should.
Spotting Problems with a Building's Insulation Envelope
You might consider using a laser thermometer to find problems with your building's insulation envelope. The problem with this approach is that the thermometer will give the temperature for one point at a time. A thermal camera can scan a wide area and give you instant feedback on thermal loss. Thus, if you don't know where you have a leak, then you want a tool that will make finding the leak easier. A thermal camera makes it easy to scan large areas and spot anomalies.
A thermal camera is typically quite expensive, so buying a camera to make a quick inspection of a home is probably not a wise investment. On the other hand, a contractor or facilities manager will have ample opportunity to save either customers or a company thousands of dollars by eliminating problems. While a thermal camera may not be a wise purchase for a homeowner, you can typically hire someone to inspect your home with a thermal camera. While you might suspect that you have problems with your roof, allowing an inspector to look over your whole home can help to find problems you never knew you had. In any case, a thermal camera deserves a spot on a building inspector's tool belt. Contact a company like Infrared Cameras Inc. for more info.Share