Infrared thermal imaging is steadily becoming more popular in New Zealand, as more and more property owners and insurance professionals understand the technology’s true value. Particularly in New Zealand, thermal imaging is proving to be an efficient way to detect insulation issues. This is an important step for any property, given that New Zealand’s minimum standards for insulation have recently changed under the Healthy Homes Standards.
Why use thermography to detect insulation leaks?
Recent news in NZ has also focused on mould damage, and the health impacts of cold, damp homes. Some places—like Wellington—struggle with mould more than others, but it remains an issue across our whole country, as our weather can fluctuate significantly over the year, no matter where you are.
This means that house inspectors are being required to pay more attention to potential moisture damage caused by leaks or improperly installed insulation. However, finding insulation failures and moisture damage isn’t an easy task, and can be disruptive and invasive. No one wants to tear up the floor or walls looking for moisture damage or searching for insulation issues that may not even exist. This is why thermal imaging is a great alternative; it can help locate these problem areas without causing any structural damage.
How Thermal Imaging Avoids These Problems
Several home insurers have added regular thermal imaging to their inspection guidelines, to better detect moisture and cut down the costs of expensive and invasive testing. Through thermography, insurers can find potential water damage areas without needing to physically uncover them, typically by scanning for studs or wall components that are cooler than their surroundings due to the evaporation of moisture.
Detecting insulation failures is also a huge draw for the technology, as improperly fitted insulation can lead to heat loss through the walls or roofing. These areas can be made visible with thermography, by heating the interior of the house during colder weather and scanning for visible signs of heat leaking through the structure. This technique can be inverted during summer, by cooling the house down to below the ambient temperature outside.
Thermal Imaging Is the Next Step Toward Healthy Homes
When used alongside other professional techniques like moisture meter testing, thermography stands to substantially improve homes across the country in the next several years. Using thermal imaging to find moisture, insulation failures, and other issues with a home’s thermal envelope may be a relatively new school of thought, but it’s growing quickly in both popularity and effectiveness. As demand grows, new applications are emerging for existing IR technology, and new thermal imaging equipment is developed for use. Both of these make thermal imaging more reliable, allowing specialists to make more accurate readings of a property.
With thermography, you can check for existing or potential damage before investing in more destructive testing methods, saving everyone time and money and minimising interruptions to residents.
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Need to check a property for moisture or temperature issues? A thermographic inspection may be exactly what you need. Talk to us today, and we can run you through how our technology could help!