Surface temperature can be quite telling about a building’s structural elements, plumbing installation and electrical systems. Of course, you’d never be able to see any problems or future hazards with the naked eye… which is where a thermal imaging technology comes in.
Problems that are invisible to the human eye show up crystal clear when viewed through the lens of an infrared camera (also known as thermal imagers, thermal imaging cameras or IR cameras). Issues are detected and visibly documented with handheld infrared thermometers and thermal imaging cameras. These buildings issues include:
- air leakage
- moisture accumulation
- blockages in pipes
- structural features behind walls
- overheating electrical circuits
How do Thermal Imaging Cameras work?
Thermal imaging cameras function as a handheld infrared temperature measurement tool. The thermal imager has a screen that immediately shows you the hot and cold spots in the form of thermal images. All you have to do is point and shoot. Latest models of cameras even include temperature comparison and documentation features to better support your inspection efforts.
How can Thermal Imaging aid Facilities Maintenance?
Inspecting electrical systems
Using a thermal imager, one is able to safetly locate overheating components safely in electrical systems. These components are shown as “hot spots” in thermal images. Potential problems may include loose connections, load imbalance and overloads.
Checking for missing and damaged insulation
Inspections both inside and outside structures show you the location, shape and intensity of insulation.
Pinpointing air leakage points
Air leakage, or the uncontrolled movement of air into and out of a building can compromise the efficiency of building environmental systems. Thermal imagers successfully pinpoint area where air leakage occurs.
Finding areas of moisture accumulation
Moisture intrudes through and becomes trapped in joints and cracks in roofs, ceilings and walls which results in structural rot and mold, some of which may represent serious health hazards.
Verifying structural elements
Thermographic inspections can help you quickly locate support beams, pipes, electrical cables, and flues in poured walls, floors and ceilings.
Evaluating building materials
Test the performance of interior and exterior wall surfaces, doors and windows under various environmental conditions to determine their ability to retain or reflect heat or cold.
Take a look at our range of thermal imaging cameras. We are official distributors for leading thermal imaging camera manufacturers FLIR and FLUKE. We also offer a comprehensive Thermal Imaging training course – contact us for more information.