“wannabees”, maybe that’s the description I’m looking for!?
I’m running two parallel conversations here, one about HVAC and one about infrared thermology. Both threads are being bombarded by those that say “that’s just too much”. I’m not required to do that, and other such comments. There seems to be great resistance in even trying!
It’s interesting, the more you know about the concepts and technology, the less you have to use those tools! No one wants to learn HVAC, but they want to inspect it.
In trying to improve my SEO on my website I find home inspectors by the dozens discussing infrared thermology ranking higher than my site and they don’t even own a camera or are certified in the technology!
They want talk about it, but they don’t want to do the time or make the investment. Just like everything else they do.
When I arrived on the HVAC scene, I was armed with a bunch of education and a bunch of specialty tools to conduct the process as I was taught. I was met in the industry with a bunch of “old crusty farts” that had managed to work around the necessity of all this test equipment, after years of experience. I was the new whiz kid and they just couldn’t understand the need for all this new technology. Well, it all boils down to 30 years of experience versus the newbie. Neither one is better than the other, however a newbie cannot generate 30 years of experience and show up for work tomorrow!
The sensory receptors in your hand far exceeds the capacity and capabilities of thermal imaging equipment (regardless of price). We have the tools, from birth! But do we use them? After years of experience we tend to learn how to use them out of necessity.
Perspective: We all have a different perspective. Our perspective is formed from past experience and learned education. If you have more past experience you need less education. If you have more education you can do the job with less experience.
So those that say that this technology is a shortcut are correct. It’s a shortcut for what would otherwise take 30 years of experience.
A lot of us here don’t have that much time! A lot of you have already invested this much time!
The thing that we both can agree upon is that failure to comply with the process just to become a marketing tool is where things go astray. You can’t take a shortcut with the shortcut! The inspectors are out there trying to use this equipment without the proper training is the shortcut of the shortcut. A person using thermal imaging on homes without a solid background in home inspection is worthless. The use of infrared cameras on subject matter that you know nothing about is worthless
We all know who they are, just by the way they speak.
We have the “crusty old farts” that are never going to change.
We have people buying equipment “without a clue”.
We have people training for the mission. Extending their capabilities and knowledge base to perform the best services possible within the known limitations of technology.