Thermal Imaging & Home Energy Reports

A Thermographer and a Home Inspector with a Thermal Camera are NOT the same thing! It is up to you the client to choose which one you trust to correctly perform a thermal imaging building inspection for you in Nashville, Tennessee!

I am a Certified Level I Thermographer through the Infrared Training Center (Certification #83891), which is important when it comes to properly performing and then interpreting the images I will obtain for your inspection. You can rest assured that I will do a correct inspection for you. I utilize the FLIR T420bx thermal camera, one of the best thermal cameras available for building diagnostics. 

Thermal imaging cameras detect temperature variations related to heat and moisture along building surfaces. Thermal imaging cameras ARE NOT X-Ray vision and cannot see through building materials!

Anything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. A thermal camera is able to detect this heat and create a thermal image based on that information. A certified professional thermographer then examines the thermal image and assesses what's potentially going on behind the surface that’s causing the temperature variations in the thermal image.

Thermographic imaging cameras can detect serious problems the naked eye can’t see, such as:

• Plumbing Leaks
• Air Duct Leaks
• Moisture Intrusion
• Inadequate or Non-existent Insulation
• Heating And Cooling Losses

• Abnormal Heat from an Appliance
• Electrical System
• Unwanted Animals
• Poor Construction
If these problems go undetected they can cause extensive damage to your home.



The only way to detect insulation problems without tearing down your walls is by using a thermographic imaging camera.

At AAA Complete Home Inspections, L.L.C. we are properly trained and certified to understand if there is adequate insulation in your walls and attic space by using a thermal camera. During warmer months of the year the inspector is looking for warm spots in the thermal image whereas in the winter they're looking for cool spots.

The image on the left is a picture of a ceiling inside a home. Everything seems to be fine. But a thermal image reveals cold air penetration due to insufficient insulation in the attic space. 

Because the thermal image was taken in the winter the interior surface should be warmer than outside. This is indicated by the yellow/orange areas seen in the ceiling. But the dark purple/purple areas in the ceiling indicate that cold air is penetrating through, which tells a qualified inspector there’s a problem with the insulation in that area.


A thermographic imaging camera can identify electrical problems by looking for abnormal heat emanating from an electrical system.

The picture on the right is of an electrical panel. It reveals a thermal image that shows significant temperature variations between breakers protecting branch circuits. The yellow/orange areas indicate heat is accumulating in the breakers and branch circuits which could be due to overloaded circuits, failing breakers or other electrical problems.




Thermal imaging is also used to detect moisture before it penetrates through interior walls and surfaces. Trapped moisture leads to mold, as well as rot/deterioration of framing members so the earlier it's caught the better.

The picture on the left of a home’s ceiling and walls indicates a moisture problem in the ceiling/wall which we will verify using a TRAMEX moisture meter. The general shape of the temperature variations captured in the image coupled with Moisture Content (MC) readings from the moisture meter indicated moisture in this case.

Home Energy Reports

It takes a lot of energy to heat, cool, and operate a home. Most home buyers have no idea how much it will cost them to operate their home once they move in. Current homeowners do not fully understand how much energy and, therefore, money is being wasted by their home. 

The Home Energy Report will give the home buyer a quick understanding of:

• How much the home will cost to operate (once they move in)
where energy (and, therefore, money) is being wasted in the home.
• What can be done to save energy and increase comfort after they move in.

Call us today for pricing on Thermal Imaging Reports for the home as well as Home Energy Reports. We offer both of these services independent of regular Home Inspections or along with Home Inspections.

Sample Residential Thermal Imaging Report

A Homeowners Guide to Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling

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