thermal infrared imaging

HAPPI inspectors using thermal imagers, capture heat patterns that allow them to see what's behind the scenes (or in this case, the walls and ceilings), for a comprehensive and in-depth view of a building's condition.

Thermal imaging is a non-invasive way to inspect diagnoses and monitor the condition of buildings.  Structural anomalies may be revealed, and much more easily addressed than by conventional inspection methods, leading to cost and time savings and a safer building environment.  

Using thermal imaging devices, also known as infrared (IR) cameras assist with building diagnostics and greatly increased the speed and accuracy of locating trouble spots making ongoing building maintenance and repair a much easier endeavour.

 

HAPPI inspectors are able to monitor, locate and repair many otherwise hidden conditions such as; heating and cooling loss through improperly insulated areas, air movement through the enclosure, moisture presence from plumbing or rain water issues, termite damage or potential electrical problems.  

Infrared cameras translate the heat signatures of objects into colours on a gradient scale, with higher temperatures appearing as lighter colours, and lower temperatures and wet areas appearing as darker colours.

Also known as thermography, IR technology captures the light that exists just outside the visible spectrum.

Thermal images show surface-heat variations, which is why an IR camera is such a diverse tool for commercial and home inspectors that can be used for a variety of applications. 

Abnormally hot electrical components and connections may be seen during an inspection.  Areas of moisture that may lead to leaks and structural damage can be located based on apparent temperature differences.  Heat loss and air leakage in a building envelope, and even areas of insufficient insulation, can be pinpointed quickly and accurately during an energy audit.  

The IR ability to read heat as colour then displays that information in a way that's easily understood by homeowners and other clients makes the IR camera an important tool for HAPPI inspectors to have in their equipment arsenal.

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