When and Where to Use Thermal Imaging

Heat Leak Infrared Detection

What Is Thermal Imaging and How Does It work?

Thermal imaging is the use of a thermal camera to capture images inside your building to show differences in surface temperatures. The variations are shown by different colours in the image—any small differences in temperature that are detected can indicate moisture. Moisture is most often found in walls and ceilings near plumbing fixtures and around appliances, so it’s a good idea to begin looking in these areas first.

Thermal imaging systems can also be used to detect heat loss in buildings. However, there is room for some inaccuracy when it comes to using thermal imaging to monitor heat loss—if the indoor temperature is the same as the outdoor temperature, your thermal camera won’t be able to detect a difference since the temperatures will be the same. In this case, even if there are insulation problems in your building, thermal imaging won’t recognize it.

Applications of Thermal Imaging

Construction Inspections

Thermal imaging services in Mississauga can help with building construction as they can detect heat loss due to poor window, wall, and roof performances. If insulation becomes wet due to a leak, it can become less effective and even damage the interior of the building.

Engineering Design and Development

Engineers can examine prototypes and parts to detect where their designs might be flawed using thermal imaging. The infrared technology will help them design more efficient, longer-lasting parts.

Refractory Inspections

Thermal imaging can help prevent fatal accidents. Exterior refractory inspections locate hot spots in furnaces and process vessels, which can help detect thinning or missing lining and insulation. If these areas aren’t identified it can result in failure, safety risks, and loss in production.

Benefits of Thermal Imaging

Lower Costs

You can save money on energy costs by using thermal imaging to detect insulation problems in your building. Engineers can use the same technology to save money by finding out about potential failures, reducing overtime, and extending equipment life.

Increases Productivity

You can troubleshoot in seconds with thermal imaging, by letting the varying temperatures of parts tell you what’s going on. You’ll be able to narrow down and rule out other possible problems fast when you have the whole picture, thanks to infrared.

Reduces Risk

Thermal imaging technology can be used to reduce the risk of unplanned downtime. By regularly checking equipment, the likelihood of this happening greatly decreases.

Locating Leaks in Flooring

This technology is helpful when looking for moisture in your building and can also help locate leaks in your flooring. If you’re able to detect leaks like this early on, you’ll have a better chance at being able to repair it with minimal cost. When left for too long, flooring leaks can lead to serious structural issues—and serious costs.

If you’re interested in having a thermal imaging assessment of your commercial property done, PL Energy Services can help you. Our state-of-the-art technology will allow us to give you a detailed evaluation on how you can improve your commercial property and save on your energy bill. Contact us today to learn more about thermal imaging technology, and how it can help you.

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