So what's the deal with an "Infrared Inspection" A pointless add -on or a magic X-Ray machine? In short neither! How does it work? Infrared cameras determine the relative thermal energy emitted between and from objects. Colours in the images represent levels of heat differentiating between hotter and cooler areas. It does not give off radiation. It does not give off lasers. It cannot see under clothes nor beneath walls. So why should I spend the extra $100? It's an excellent tool for piece of mind. As good as any Inspectors eyes are, we can only see the visible spectrum of light. With the infrared camera we can see electromagnetic radiation (EMR) with longer wavelengths than those of visible light, which is therefore generally invisible to the human eye. And that benefits me how? In practical terms we can "see" the difference in temperature. And with an Inspection being non evasive (We can't poke holes in walls to look inside) consider the following scenarios: Think of the coldness in one wall compared to another - Missing insulation Perhaps. No big deal with small amounts, but imagine if a newly renovated cathedral ceiling did not have any. It will lose a lot of energy and raise energy costs greatly Think of a cold patch under a second floor toilet - Probably a slow leak yet to come though onto the kitchen below. Replacing the toilet seal before extensive water damage makes sense. Think of overheating electrical wires, breakers. - Potential fire risk. Think of infloor heating cables / pipes. - Who would even know what the installation looked like? Think of basement leaks behind the drywall / plaster. - Costly with potential for mould growth. Think of heating / cooling vents being drywalled over. - Fire / condensation risk, energy loss. Think of a toilet being plumbed into the hot water supply. Yes it's cosy but....(I have pictures of this one - see slideshow) This all sounds pretty convincing. It certainly should be considered if you are having an inspection anyway. Whatever you choose, you will receive a great inspection, and certainly we are not a company that pressures people with the up-sale, but it would be remiss to not let you know what tools we have at our disposal. :-) When do I have to let you know? Our inspector will always have the camera on him, so there is always time to think and discuss the potential of upgrading. You can let us know immediately before the commencement of the inspection.