The above image is a screen capture from an inspector Facebook group where the infrared images depict some dark (‘cold’) areas in the ceiling loose fill insulation. The inspector erroneously and braggingly claims this to represent a “crappy insulation job” in the discussion that followed. Closer scrutiny reveals there to only be ~4 or less degrees difference between the dark areas and the rest (majority) of the ceiling (determined by reading the corresponding temperature scale in the image). Hardly a “crappy” insulation job, but more rather typical of loose fill fiberglass insulation application, especially when the temperature range in the image has been poorly adjusted. Something an experienced infrared thermographer would explain to the client as a non-issue. Poorly adjusted thermal images are some of the most unnecessarily alarming misinterpretations by inexperienced inspectors, followed closely by overlooked concerns that can have significant implications. Getting it right is both an art and a science requiring education, experience, and proper equipment.
Infrared inspections for commercial or residential applications are some of the most complicated applications known to the infrared industry. These applications combine the knowledge of a building inspector with the advanced science behind infrared technology. Not fully understanding either is a disastrous combination for both the client and the inspector, but the client is the one who has the most to lose.
When accuracy, quality, and experience matters, BC Warner Inspections & Thermal Imaging Services is the right choice for your inspection application. Not only is our infrared camera of professional grade and quality, but so too are all our necessary inspection equipment and tools to perform the job you are hiring a professional to do!