4 Reasons to Perform an Infrared Thermal Scan

Plenty of individuals assume an infrared thermal scan is only useful in spy thriller movies, for mapping purposes, or in remote surveying tasks. This technology has come a long way, however, making it a great option for tackling problems many homes and businesses face! Today, let’s explore the most significant and common use cases. Here are four reasons to perform an infrared thermal scan – a professional service we’re proud to offer at Indoor Air Quality!

Insulation Inspections

Infrared scans, especially in colder weather, can quickly and accurately show you which parts of your property are the least effective in terms of insulation. Warmer areas appear brighter and cooler sections darker, so inspectors only need to point their scanners at a wall or ceiling to identify drafty areas or missing insulation. This is great for conserving energy, as improving such sections of your property can prevent excessive heater and air conditioner use. 

Water Leaks

If there’s a foundation water leak within your finished wall, the temperature of the moisture will be different than that of the immediate environment surrounding it. Thermal imaging can spot these problems with ease, especially if you already know which general area the leak is occurring in. Today’s infrared cameras are capable, powerful systems with hypersensitive sensors, so you can count on accurate results to work with, especially when it comes to identifying moisture or humidity accumulation. 

Inspecting Radiant Flooring

Heated basement floors, driveways and otherwise contain not only heating coils but plenty of wiring. Without infrared thermal imaging, it can be difficult to spot a break in the system. Hydronic radiant leaks may also occur, which will show up on infrared devices as colour-coded anomalies in temperature. 

Pest and Vermin Detection

Live animals and insects such as mice, cockroaches and otherwise appear as bright orange and red splotches on the screen of a thermal imaging device. These devices allow you to spot nests in the walls and ventilation. Not only is infrared ideal for figuring out how severe your pest or vermin infestation is, but it may even help you spot nests or areas where they’re getting in. If a technician notices signs of life when performing an imaging scan, they’ll let you know and recommend an appropriate pest removal service.

Our ITC Air Canada certified and experienced team at Indoor Air Quality offers infrared thermal scans for these and other purposes, such as maintaining ESA compliance for radiant heat pads. Regardless of your property layout or needs, we’re happy to assist you with professional, prompt and courteous service. To learn more or schedule a scan, contact us today!