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Infrared Thermography

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Infrared Thermography


Infrared thermography (IRT) is the science used to capture and process thermal information using non-contact measurement tools. This is done by analyzing infrared (IR) radiation emitted from an object whose temperature is above absolute zero. Because this wavelength exists outside of the visible spectrum of light, infrared measuring devices are required to capture and process this information.

One of the most common uses of infrared rays is for wireless communication, such as with garage door openers, car-locking systems and handheld remote controls for televisions and other appliances. Since all objects emit some degree of infrared radiation, night-vision devices make use of their sensitivity to infrared rays to capture and transmit images when there is no visible light source. Heat-seeking missiles also rely upon infrared technology to track their targets in passive missile-guidance systems.

More and more insurance companies require annual infrared (IR) inspections of electrical systems and equipment. IR surveys are important for all electrical systems but particularly large or complex systems, new and existing. Routine infrared scans of building systems and components can yield four times the rate of return on predictive and preventative maintenance inspection cost. Savings are realized in labor, equipment, material, and product.

Prior to the routine use of predictive maintenance programs and infrared thermal imaging scans, electrical equipment that was not properly maintained accounted for a higher number of human life and industrial asset losses.  Electrical failures can also occur over time. However, in some instances, your assets can quickly begin to generate heat, creating the risk of fire, injuries, costly remediation, unavoidable downtime, and even insurance cost spikes. The key to minimizing this risk is regular predictive maintenance that utilizes infrared technology. Roof Thermal Imaging is also cutting-edge technology that offers a number of benefits for homeowners and property managers. With Roof Thermal Imaging, you can detect and identify hidden issues in your roof, such as leaks, insulation gaps, and moisture buildup, before they become major problems. This non-invasive technique utilizes infrared cameras to capture detailed images of your roof’s surface temperature, allowing professionals to pinpoint areas of concern with precision.

Infrared Thermography


By identifying these issues early on, Roof Thermal Imaging helps save time, money, and resources that would otherwise be spent on extensive repairs or replacements. Moreover, Roof Thermal Imaging enhances energy efficiency by identifying insulation deficiencies, reducing heat loss, and optimizing energy consumption. Protect your investment and ensure the longevity of your roof with the advanced benefits of Roof Thermal Imaging


Some information sourced from InterNachi

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