Thermal Imaging Inspections

Thermal Imaging Inspections

What is a Thermal Image?

A thermal image is a picture of the heat that comes off of an object. Often, when something is hot, the image is bright yellow; if something is cold, it shows up as dark blue.

Thermal imaging is an increasingly popular tool around the world to quickly identify the thermal efficiency of building insulation, doors, windows and other penetrations, along with the performance and condition of heating and cooling systems. Temperature deviations which may indicate larger problems are rendered visible, allowing improvements to be carried out with certainty. No matter the age of the structure, a thermal imaging inspection can show you what energy efficiency upgrades you can make, while helping reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving comfort and saving you money.

Discover Your Home’s Energy

In Vancouver, 55% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from buildings. Of this 55%, detached homes account for 31% of all GHG emissions from buildings.

Through the Greenest City Action Plan, My Home Online is aiming to reduce emissions from existing buildings by 20% by 2020. This would eliminate 160,000 tonnes of GHGs per year – the equivalent of removing 40,000 cars from the road.

31% of Emissions Come from Detached Homes.

Is your home contributing to the problem?

Our Thermal Imaging Inspections help homeowners identify energy loss in single family homes and commercial buildings. Each Thermal Imaging Inspection report additionally highlights information on energy saving incentives that are available to you.

High Heat Loss

Moderate Heat Loss

Reaching Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) Targets

A University of Calgary study found that heat loss from the nearly 38,000 thermally imaged homes cost homeowners $4.9 million a year and emitted 29,000 tonnes of C02. The Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at the University of British Columbia prepared a report that identifies best practices, communication and engagement with homeowners on large-scale thermal imaging. To download the report on ‘Exploring the Use of Thermal Imagery for the Promotion of Residential Energy Efficiency’ click the button below.



Thermal Imaging Inspection Process

My Home Online uses only qualified imaging technicians for thermal imaging inspections. Homeowners will also be provided information on incentives offered by companies like BC Hydro and Fortis to encourage them to retrofit their home and potentially save hundreds of dollars annually in heating bills. Thermal imaging must be done at a time when there is enough temperature variance to show deficiencies. For example, Spring, Fall or Winter seasons provide the most detailed reports.

Heat Loss Can Account For Up To 50% of Total Energy Consumption

Thermal imaging for air tightness and energy efficiency are important quality control measures when building or renovating a home. Heat loss can account for up to 50% of total energy consumption in a building with causes ranging from air leakage through chimneys, attics and wall vents to badly sealed doorways, failing argon gas windows and missing insulation.

Key Benefits of Thermal Imaging Inspections

Thermal imaging cameras are well-established as valuable inspection tools that help reveal missing insulation, HVAC air flow and equipment issues, radiant heating malfunctions, compromised roofing and much more. By detecting and locating patterns and sources of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye, thermal images provide convincing evidence in reports where improvements need to be made and how well they’ve been completed.

Detect and Visualize Air Leakage

Adequate air exchange is important for occupant comfort, health and safety, but most buildings have a far higher rate of air leakage than necessary. The root cause is often poor design and/or construction which allows air to leak in or out. Without thermal imaging, the source of these drafts can be extremely difficult to detect and visualize. But with thermal imager in hand, our inspectors can readily uncover the source of the heat issue, leading to helpful advice on the best improvements and repairs to stop energy loss.
New buildings must meet modern energy efficiency standards and building codes. Reducing drafts and heat loss due to poor insulation not only makes homes and businesses more comfortable, but customers conserve energy and save considerably on utility bills.

Discover Problems Invisible to the Naked Eye

Infrared cameras show surface temperature differences, which can give clues to a host of different problems with houses and/or commercial buildings. Included below are a few examples of thermal imaging inspection findings.

Covered Over Basement Window

Non-Functional Kitchen Toe-Kick Heat Register

Improperly Heating Radiator

Ceiling Moisture

Collapsed Glass Windows

Water Damage

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Hot Spots in Attics

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Mouse Holes in Insulation

Dangerously Hot Main Breaker

Overloaded Circuit Breaker

Hot Flush Toilet

Certified Inspectors

Every My Home Online Thermal Imaging Inspection is performed by a Certified Master Inspector (CMI).


” Imagine the Greenhouse Gas Reductions We Could Achieve If Home Owners Could Easily See the Energy Efficiency Improvements That Could Be Made to Their Homes! “

– My Home Online