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What is thermal imaging or infrared?
Thermal imaging, also known as infrared, detects heat energy emitted by objects. It requires absolutely no light, is totally unaffected by light sources (as opposed to night vision), and is non-contact.  
What benefits does an infrared inspection make?
Infrared inspections are not provided by all home inspectors in the industry, nor is it required. However, those who choose to offer this service are more able to provide information about the home or building that may not otherwise be available to those not equipped with thermal imaging capabilities. Specifically, thermal imagining provides: 
  • Non-destructive analysis (Non-contact, requires no removal or opening of walls)
  • Helps find poor or inadequate insulation (I.e. air leaking due to poor air sealing)
  • Detects building envelope leaks (I.e. moisture intrusion, leaks or build-up)
  • Finds overheating electrical problems (I.e. electrical panels and breakers)
  • See where energy efficiency can be improved (Save money by seeing where you are losing it, such as air leaks around doors, windows, or walls)
  • Tracing heating elements (I.e. trace radiant tubing in floors and ceilings and pinpoint leaks in those systems)
Contact Bluebird Inspections for an infrared inspection on your property and see why building experts rely on this same method for fast, reliable, accurate building diagnostics.  

Why you should choose a thermographer certified by ITC?

There are companies who provide thermal imgaging, but not all certified. Choose an inspector that has certification from an accredited organization. John Chung is certified by the Infrared Training Center (ITC), the world leader in training for thermography professionals. Here are a few other reasons why to choose a professional certified by ITC: 
  • The ITC certification program meets or exceeds the ASNT (American Society for Nondestructive Testing) Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A recommendations for training.
  • ITC Infrared Thermography Certification is the gold-standard qualification within the thermography industry.
  • ITC certification verifies that a thermographer can:
    • Operate an infrared camera
    • Collect quality data
    • Produce professional infrared inspection reports
    • Understand the techniques and limitations of infrared thermography for specific applications. 
  • Class cover the infrared topics covered by the ASNT guidelines.
  • Certification requires passing two quizzes and final examination (all closed-book). 
  • Certification requires submission and satisfactory completion of a field-assignment, demonstrating understanding of their application and proper use of the infrared camera.
  • Students maintain and advance their infrared certification through continuing education and further training.  


Are there limitations to thermal imaging?
It is important to note that thermal imaging does not have the ability to "see through walls," but instead only displays different heat signatures present in the surface temperature of a solid wall or object. While there is no guarantee that infrared will catch every problem present within a home at the time of inspection, the effective use of thermal imaging does provide a more comprehensive analysis of a building that may not be afforded to those who choose not to use it. 

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