Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging or infrared, is one of the specialty tools used during a Cottonwood Home Inspection. This unique tool has many applications during a home inspection and is included in the inspection price. Cottonwood Home Inspection uses this tool on an as needed basis to help in the overall inspection process. This is not a tool that will give all the answers or discover all unforeseen issues. It is however helpful in generating a more accurate overall impression of the home. In a typical inspection we will run a scan of the interior of the home and certain systems in an attempt to identify any potential issues.

NOTE: we do not provide energy evaluation or a full thermal imaging report as part of the typical Home Inspection. If you would like a thermal imaging infrared inspection for specific reasons other than a home inspection please call us to discuss options.

What Can an Infrared Camera Detect?

In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:

  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;

  • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;

  • air-conditioner compressor leaks;

  • under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and

  • broken seals in double-paned windows.

In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:

  • plumbing leaks;

  • hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;

  • missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and

  • water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.

IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:

  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;

  • overloaded and undersized circuits;

  • overheated electrical equipment and components


Lack of insulation in attic
Water leaks from roof
Lack of insulation in wall
Bathroom exhaust not properly connected
Radiant floor working correctly


Faulty electrical below floor
Water leak from water heater in closet