Also Known as Thermography, or Thermal Imaging Cameras
The use of Thermography, or Thermal Imaging, has increased dramatically with commercial and industrial applications over the past 20 years. Maintenance technicians use thermography to locate overheating power lines or data cables, which are a sign of impending failure. Building construction technicians use thermal images to indicate heat leaks in faulty thermal insulation and can use the results to improve the efficiency of heating and air-conditioning units.
Thermal imaging has also been a great tool to help homeowners save money, especially now that energy rates are on the rise. Heat loss and/or cold air influx can be detected and corrective actions can be taken to help improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial structures. Thermal Cameras can be used to inspect electrical panels and receptacles on commercial and residential buildings to detect issues before there is a costly outage. Thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue.
Advantages of thermography
- Displays a visual picture so temperatures can be compared over a large area
- Thermal Cameras are capable of catching moving targets in real time
- Thermography is able to find higher temperature components as a measure of reliability prior to failure
- Thermal Imaging can be used to measure or observe in inaccessible or hazardous areas
- Infrared and Thermal Imaging is a non-destructive and non-invasive test method
- It can be used to find leaks and heat loss, electrical inspection, locate radiant pipes or wires, mechanical bearing inspection, and much more.