Infrared Imaging

Utility payments are a big-budget item when it comes to owning a commercial property. Significant savings are possible when insulation levels are analyzed with an infrared camera. Infrared imaging, sometimes called thermography, combines technical knowledge with specialized equipment to help identify problems in the roof, walls, ceilings or floors, or certain mechanical issues of a commercial property.

The Benefits of Infrared

Temperature changes across surfaces as depicted by the infrared camera and interpreted by the inspector along with other clues can indicate the following:

  • Safety concerns
  • Developing leaks
  • Preventable heating and cooling losses

Temperature differentials point to “hot spots” in wiring, which are potential fire hazards that then can be addressed for overall safety. Areas of missing or reduced insulation may be identified for repair or replacement and appear as a different color or shade of gray on the surface of a wall. Moisture, perhaps leaking through a section of the roof, can leave a “cooler” spot on the camera imaging, allowing an inspector to alert you to smaller issues before they become bigger problems.

How Thermal Imaging Works

Trained inspectors use a radiometric infrared camera to scan your commercial property for evidence of temperature changes. Thermal imaging uses a specially-designed camera to register changes in temperature, or heat energy, across surfaces.

The camera converts the information into a digital image with heat changes depicted in various colors or shades of gray. The images are then interpreted by the inspector to provide the owner, or buyer with additional information. For more details on the technology, possible benefits and types of inspections offered, please call your NPI inspector.

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