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Infrared Thermal Imaging

"... In addition to using thermography during an energy audit, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes. You may wish to include a clause in the contract requiring a thermographic scan of the house... "

U.S. Department of Energy


Before Purchasing a House or a Building

If you are buying a residential or commercial building, an Infrared Scan (a.k.a. building thermograms) can help you to discover hidden problems that the seller may not even know exist.

water intrusion

Cost-Effective Predictive Maintenance

An Infrared Scan of electrical panels for hot spots, defective transformers and loose electrical connections can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs over the life of your building.

overloaded branch circuit 

Energy Loss Survey

An Infrared Scan will detect air leakage and insulation defects. You can conserve energy and reduce your energy bill after remediation

missing weather-strip no insulation over recess light

New Buildings

Even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes that can cost you money on a daily basis.

Before one-year warranty expiration, an infrared scan (infrared inspection) can reveal defects and will save you money.

Cathedral ceiling looked fine; but Infrared Scan revealed missing 4'x8' insulation batt!


With infrared cameras (a.k.a. thermal imagers), Potomac Homes measures the surface temperature for finding anomalies that can, under the right conditions, reveal water leaks, moisture intrusion, condensation, air leakage,  insulation problems, abnormal heating in electrical systems, defects in HVAC distribution systems, etc.

Infrared cameras cannot see through walls or other components of the building. They are not providing X-Ray, but thermograms. They are truly just measuring the surface temperature and thermal distribution of the target objects, passively and non-intrusively.

By interpreting surface temperature patterns, we can detect anomalies and pinpoint defects, which are corroborated with other instruments, like moisture meters, or further specialist investigation. Thermography imagers are non-invasive investigation instruments that complement visual inspection.


more on Building Thermography

IR Thermography on NACHI.TV

no insulation over attic hatch

missing insulation over recess lights
missing insulation
plumbing leak in ceiling

loose heat vent


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