Ther·mal im·ag·ing


/ˈTHərməl ˈimijiNG/
Definition, noun; the technique of using the heat given off by an object to produce an image of it or locate it.

By Chris Balzer, ECES

Now that we know the definition, what is it used for and how can it help? A thermo graphic camera (infrared camera) detects infrared light (heat) invisible to the human eye. This characteristic makes these cameras incredibly useful for all sorts of applications, including security, surveillance, detection and military uses. Archeologists deploy infrared cameras on excavation sites. Engineers use them to find structural deficiencies. Doctors and medical technicians can pinpoint and diagnose problems within the human body. Firefighters peer into the heart of fires and can detect fires not visible to the eye. There are many different tasks and different types of thermal imaging, however; each camera relies on the same set of principles in order to function, using the heat given off by an object to produce an image. At ECES (Emerald Coast Energy Solutions), we are not archeologists, medical doctors or firefighters. We are passionate about finding and curing energy inefficiencies in your home to make it more comfortable and efficient, saving you money. That’s why we use Thermal Imaging when we inspect homes, for quick and accurate identification. An infrared camera can help diagnose a variety of home performance problems, including air leaks and missing insulation. Some common areas where air leaks occur are light fixtures, electrical receptacles, windows and doors, attic entrances and plumbing penetrations. Using thermal imaging allows us to see what other devices can’t.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released this January that the Earth’s warming trend continued making 2020 the hottest year since 1880, when they started recording temperatures, knocking 2019 to 3rd. The world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015. We also have experienced a pretty mild winter and spring so far and this summer looks to be a hot one. Most homes and homeowners can benefit from having a thermal imaging inspection. Using this technology saves time, accurately identifies problem areas and once addressed, increases comfort and saves energy.

You can beat the heat by sealing those leaks, adding missing insulation, upgrading to an attic energy barrier and coating windows with our virtually clear ERG film which blocks 94% of heat and 99.9% of harmful UV rays. Adding insulation will increase your comfort, extend the life of HVAC systems, because they don’t work as hard, increase air quality and save money.

Chris Balzer is Founder and President of Emerald Coast Energy Solutions, a Smile Provider Company. We provide smiles to our customers after installing our high energy efficient products, increasing comfort and lowering energy bills. For more information on how to save this summer and become energy efficient, schedule an inspection by calling (850) 588-2870, visit or email Beat the Heat!