Thermal Imaging – 5 Facts

As part of our services, we have the ability of using infrared thermography, which is a diagnostic technology that lets us visualize thermal imaging.

Thermal imaging of a house in San Diego

By using this Infrared imaging, our certified technicians can detect potential problems that may exist but are not apparent to the naked eye and can confirm those that are. We can capture these images and then make a documented report of our findings which can be provided to you. These reports allow us to more accurately provide you with quick cost effective solution. Here are 5 cool facts about Thermal Imaging:

  1. All objects contain thermal energy and interact thermally with their environments. Thermography is what enables us to see and measure heat. All materials on earth emit heat energy on the infrared portion of the spectrum. Unfortunately, the unaided human eye cannot see in the infrared portion of the spectrum. Thermographic, or simply thermal images allow the user to see thermally, revealing anomalies that in turn identify problems in buildings, their component electrical, mechanical, plumbing and waterproofing systems.
  2. How we perceive thermal energy: When an object has a higher temperature than our hands, we say it feels warm or hot. Heat is flowing from the object to our hands. Likewise when an object is cooler, we say it feels cool or cold, heat energy is flowing from our hands to the object.
  3. How we can measure thermal energy: By using the ThermaCAM E2, which is the worlds most uniquely designed infrared camera, we are the #1 company in thermal imaging. The IR Camera produces a real time video image of this heat energy at temperatures much lower than you can see. It detects the radiant heat from a surface, based on the surface’s temperature, emissivity, and reflected heat radiation from the surroundings. It measures and produces images from all the infrared radiation received from an object. Infrared radiation is a function of object surface temperature and this makes it possible for the camera to calculate and display this temperature.
  4. The Flow of Thermal Energy: There are several ways heat can flow; one of the ways behaves very similar to light energy. We call this heat radiation or infrared. An example we are all familiar with is the heat we feel when sitting in front of a fire. This heat energy travels by electromagnetic waves similar to visible light. When objects are extremely hot, we can see much of this energy that is emitted, and of course we can feel it. When objects are considerably cooler, we can still feel it but we can no longer see it.
  5. Using Thermal Imaging to detect Moisture: Moisture in building materials can destroy structural integrity and nurture mold. The first step in mold remediation is to quickly and accurately locate and remove all sources of moisture. IR cameras can instantly find the ultimate source with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal disturbance of inhabitants.