The 1987 film Predator brought thermal (infrared) images to the big screen for the first time.
- Showing us a different way to see.
Why it matters: Using thermal imaging we can find clues that help us understand what’s going on with our building enclosures.
🔬 Zoom in: I was testing my new thermal camera at my house when I spotted a potential problem.
- On the ceiling in the guest bathroom I saw a 1.5 x 2 foot area that was cooler than the surrounding ceiling.
😵 Here’s what I found in my attic —>
- The copper suction line for my AC was not properly insulated.
- Warm attic air has been condensing on the cold line and water has been collecting on my ceiling.
- It’s not enough water to cause the ceiling to collapse.
- But more than enough to cause a problem I have to solve.
🥊 Reality check: Water is a predator looking for a way into every crack and crevice in your house.
- Mold is like an alien force looking for enough moisture so it can breed. 😱
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- For a few hundred bucks, you can get a thermal camera attachment for your smart phone.
- Or I can come over with my thermal camera and scan your house, while doing my best Arnold voice. 😉