Whenever there are new appliances or construction work that is being done to your home, experts recommend checking everything: walls, structure, electrical connections, and even the lack of proper insulation. But one factor that has been recently found to increase the accuracy of home inspections is infrared thermographic inspections.
They may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but they are not. Not that much, anyway.
One of the things we never keep in mind when it comes to fully assess a potential new home is the weather conditions of the place where it is situated. But beyond these conditions, what we need to take into account, truly, is the way these conditions have affected the structure and functionality of the space – it is how we will be able to determine the capability it has to function properly.
The way we can do this is through a thorough inspection that encompasses all aspects involved in the construction and upkeep of a house: electrical (which includes temperature readings for appliances), structural (takes into account the conditions of walls or cracks on exposed concrete), and ceilings (air infiltration leakage or lack of proper insulation).
What many experts consider to be the best part of infrared thermographic inspections is the predictive ability it has to measure any kind of strange temperature present in any type of space. This is especially useful when it comes to determining the capacity a specific area of the house has, in regards to its future use – kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and many more.
A complete evaluation of all the related parts makes for a spot-on assessment that will notice potential failures that, if not taken care of, will have catastrophic results in the maintenance process of any home. Risk management will become a manageable task that will allow you to predict future faults in the foundation of your home.
But how can this assessment be done? Through thermal radiation. All objects radiate a specific temperature. This is what an infrared thermographic inspection uses to analyze how space works or not within the required needs.
This energy that emanates from an object becomes a visible image that can be used to perform predictive analysis of the structural needs a new home may require.
Using a state of the art special camera that is able to register the heat emanating from the area, experts will be able to take a more detailed look to know exactly what is going on in a specific area – how has the weather affected its conditions, any type of leakage that may not be noticeable to the human eye, etc.
As with any evaluation, a report must be conducted to fully understand the specific terminology involved in an infrared thermographic inspection. The measures that the report will indicate, serve as a metric of the operating conditions in which space should function properly. For areas like attics, where air leakage and a lack of proper insulation are a constant threat, this is especially useful.
What is key to keep in mind is that every area will have an operating temperature that depends greatly on the structural and weather conditions present, particularly if there are a lot of appliances and electrical gadgets to be placed and loaded in it.
Specifically, when it comes to electrical appliances, a global assessment is needed to understand how each appliance works alone and in the company of others. This is how an expert will get an average compound of the required energy levels the room will need to avoid any faults or accidents.
The thermal image captured by the camera will then serve as crucial information that can be stored for future reference. And this is where we need to stress the necessity this process presents for prevention and home improvement – maintenance becomes a task that takes into account the future use of a space, something not many consider important when first moving into a new home.
Not only are these inspections necessary to avoid problems before, but they should be performed after any damage has been repaired, so the area is fully assessed in all of its states and corrections are proven to be functional for space.
When it comes to taking care of a space that is for personal use, especially one that is to become a home where you will build a life, no resource should be taken for granted.
And if this includes taking into account elements like temperature and heat, then the evaluation to be performed will certainly enhance the ability this future home may have to be the place you have always wanted.
It’s just a matter of trusting certified professionals who will give you and those around you the time and certainty you need to use all the technology available to your advantage.