Do some searching in this forum… this very subject has been discussed numerous times.
Then get one from a rep to try out… compare it with others… take a level one course to truly understand what you are investing your hard earned money in… then make a purchase decision. Base it on price alone and you will be disappointed.
FLIR got so many complaints from the emerging building industry, they
created building courses to take the place of Level I classes. (Level I was
created back in a time when IR cameras were not being used in building
diagnosis). Take the class that is geared for your needs.
I use a 120x120 BCAM at every inspection and so do thousands of others. More is always better, but more sometimes is outside of some peoples
budget. Even RESNET recognizes 120x120 resolution as a minimum standard
that can still get the job done.
Thanks for the advice guys. I’ve read lots of threads and again appreciate the help. As you may or not may know, I’m definitely not new to the home and commercial inspection industry. With that said, I’ve been watching the Thermal Imaging industry for a few years now and am real close to jumping in. I’ve seen mixed opinions, which is par for any course about what works and what doesn’t. There is no licensing and really minimal standards from what I can tell. Still a little wild west in the Thermal Imaging industry. So for me, this is what I’m wanting to do.
Offer professional energy audits. What’s the standard here? Forms, Report software, Credentials? Certifications? I heard the i7 from Jason Taylor that it’s not RESNET compliant?
Offer Thermal Imaging for Contractors or Customers who may have an issue with energy loss, electrical, leaks.
Use Thermal Imaging as a tool, like my moisture meter, noise, eyes to reassure there’s an issue causing the mold.
Do I use the software that comes with the camera for reports? Is there any other software I need to create my reports for Thermal Imaging?
Actually they did, but it isn’t meant to replace level I. It is still level I, but uses more building type applications as references instead of industrial and mechanical. Snell offers this as well, not sure about Infraspection.
This has to be the only place on the world wide web where mediocrity is encouraged, taught, and accepted regarding thermal imaging equipment and training in residential and commercial applications… all under the guise of saving inspectors money. :roll:
If your going to move in to the IR world… Go buy a T400… Spend the money now and don’t cry later… You will get calls to do other IR work and you need a camera that has no limets… It looks like Obama is going to reinstate one of G Bushe tax cut. ( new equipment ) deduction.