What is IR Thermography?

IR Thermography is a technology that enables us to see “thermal energy” or heat.

Thermography has a long history but in recent years has become a state-of-the-art tool for detecting a variety of types of heat presence and heat loss in many types of commercial, industrial and residential structures.

The term IR Thermography is actually a combination of words and fields:

Infrared Radiation, or “IR”, means “below red”. Red is the color of visible light of the longest wavelength. Infrared radiation spans three orders of magnitude and has wavelengths between 0.7 um and 1000 um.

Thermography is the process of acquisition and analysis of thermal information from non-contact thermal imaging devices.

What Can It Do?

Through interpretation of the images taken with a highly specialized infrared camera, the trained “Thermographer” can detect problems quickly and accurately with no negative impact on the structure on building being evaluated.

Problems and anomalies can be detected quickly and accurately. Because thermography works by “seeing” heat, there are issues however that cannot be detected by thermography such as the sources of moisture leaks and the presence of mold.

Thermography can identify:

  • Insulation deficiencies
  • Air infiltration and ex-filtration issues
  • Moisture impregnated materials
  • Presence of insects (nest) and vermin
  • Electrical hazards such as the overheating of joints and sections of power lines
  • Poor workmanship

What Can It Do for You?

Advantages of Utilizing a Trained Thermographer

A Thermographer receives detailed training in multiple areas. Training includes how to maximize the use of highly sensitive equipment as well as how to accurately interpret the results. The trained Thermographer is able to identify not only current issues or problems but, in many cases, can isolate areas that may be indicative of future problems.

Thermography is:

  • Non-contact
  • Non-destructive
  • Non-intrusive
  • Efficient Wide application of uses
  • Real-time Data
  • No downtime while imaging