This is going to be a milestone year for a technology that can add useful information during a home inspection.Thermal imaging is not new. My father worked with airplane mounted thermal imaging systems when he was in the aerospace industry back in the 1960’s. (And they cost over $100,000.) I used them for analysis of circuit design in the 1980’s when I was an electrical engineer. (And they cost over $10,000.) This year they will be available for under $400. All they need is to attach to your smartphone. FLIR, a company that has a large market share for the current thermal imaging cameras, is introducing their FLIR ONE. It attaches to a smart phone and will give users a new way to look at the world.
Here is a like to more information: http://www.flir.com/flirone/
The concern is that reading and interpreting thermal images is not a task for amateurs. I participate on a number of home inspector type forums and there is constant debate about the use of thermal imaging in residential inspections and problems with liability and mis-interpretation. I personally had an energy audit done this last year and the auditor used a thermal imaging camera and even he wasn’t always sure what he was seeing.
This could get interesting!
Jon Boyd Broker/Manager
The Home Buyer’s Agent of Ann Arbor, Inc
1905 Pauline Blvd. Suite 1 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
We serve the Ann Arbor – Brighton – Plymouth – Novi – Canton – Ypsilanti – Saline – Chelsea – Dexter – Novi – Northville areas in Southeastern Michigan.