Thermal imaging has been used by the military for decades top detect their enemies in thick jungle settings and far off distances. Today, it is used by fire departments for commercial building inspections. Thermal imaging works by detecting heat and cold. The amount of heat that is transposed off of any object shows up on the thermal imaging camera and is extremely accurate when it comes to detection of thermal temperature issues.
Electrical and Mechanical
Preventive maintenance companies have used thermal imagery as a quick and easy way to look at manufacturing equipment and electrical systems for overheating circuits that are potential fire hazards, to parts that are overheating and need to be replaced. All of this can be done without electrical testing equipment and is simply picked up by the thermal imaging camera. Pictures can be taken with the camera in order to be added to a comprehensive report that gives recommendations and suggestions for the various electrical and mechanical issues that may be found using thermal imagery.
Heating and Cooling
Thermal imaging will show how the warm or cold air is being distributed throughout a building. You can watch through the screen as the air changes color and moves from one location to another. This also shows weak points in a home’s thermal barriers of insulation and air sealing, accurately diagnosing issues for correction. Thermal imaging is used extensively in the HVAC profession, and insulation industries because of how accurate the results are. Reports are available depending on the consultant you call.
One of the largest areas of growth has to be in the restoration services industry, where thermal imaging has become a crucial part of diagnosing the extent of fire and water damage. Even insurance adjusters are using thermal imagery as part of their restoration claims services to minimize fraud and give more accurate claims service.
Thermal imaging is an amazing technology that, although used by many professionals, is still relatively unknown. Having the ability to look through materials without unnecessary destruction is a luxury worth having.