Thermal imaging cameras can help home owners, home inspectors, maintenance men, and electrician’s identity issues in all these areas and many more. Energy (heat) loss can for over 40% of energy consumption in a home or building. Having the right thermal imaging camera for your needs is essential as there are hundreds to choose from manufactured by almost as many companies; each with their own sets of features, pros and cons. Buying the wrong camera for the job results in wasted money and time so it is imperative to identify the right camera for your situation. The best thermal camera for you and your home inspection needs will vary depending upon the features you are looking for and what exactly you will be inspecting with the camera. We have several reviews below that will help you make a decision on the best thermal imaging camera for your home inspection needs.
While thermal cameras can help identify problems they are certainly not the only home inspection tool you should in your toolbox.
You can detect many problems with a thermal camera before they become large expensive issues that can cost you thousands of dollars or prevent you from selling your home. Some of the issues that a thermal camera can help you detect are:
Price VS Features - Many inexpensive/entry level thermal imaging cameras have the features that are needed for home inspections. Don’t be misled to think you need to buy the top of the line thermal camera if you will only be inspecting your home. If you Inspect homes for a living or as part of your business then it may make sense to invest in a higher end model. The FLIR C2 is a great choice for the home owner looking for a compact and inexpensive thermal imaging camera. The FLIR I5 is also a great choice if you are a home inspector or do home inspections as part of your business.
Size - For many homeowner’s storage space is limited so many times the smaller the camera the better. A smaller camera is also much easier to use in small places such as attics and crawl spaces within homes.
Temperature Range - Homeowners do not need a thermal camera that can detect very high temperatures which adds to the cost of the camera as you will not be inspecting machinery etc.
Resolution - Again for homeowners looking to buy a thermal camera for their home a high resolution is not required as high-resolution cameras are very expensive. Unless you are using the thermal camera daily as part of your business a lower resolution thermal camera will suffice.