I suppose it is a bit like asking why not use a nurse instead of a doctor? They both will know how to operate the medical devices in the hospital!
It seems that thermal cameras at the bottom end are becoming more popular and with FLIR launching their iPhone thermal imaging case then just about anyone can have a go at taking thermal pictures. Sure the iPhone case if fun, arty and can show blatant temperature variations, great for
showing the heat from a huge bruise your friend sustained from falling off their scooter at the skate park but would it be able to pinpoint a small leak in underfloor heating or know the difference between a leak and a gap in insulation? Probably not.
If you are looking at a building then showing up problem areas can prevent further problems down the line as well as decreasing fuel/repair bills for the coming years. It seems that to have a qualified thermographer who is able to identify common problems, small detailed areas of concern as well as impart their extensive knowledge of building efficiency is the best way to go. If you manage a range of properties then regular thermal surveys can really reap rewards in the long term.
A qualified thermographer will also provide a clear and concise report after their visit. This will include the images of problem areas, comparisons and recommendations. This can be a vital resource if you are employing a tradesperson to repair a leak – they at least know where to make the hole!
Here’s the hot water leak, two feet under concrete with the initial heat signature of a 2pence piece. The thermographer has analysed and manipulated the picture to show the plumber precisely
where to find the leak.
Using visual signs to find the source of a leak can be like looking at an optical illusion – what you see very often does not relate to the source, often whole walls have been striped to only find out that the leak is in the opposing room, frustrating to say the least but a real damaging problem if undertaken on a listed or historical building.
Any assistance that can be provided to other professionals to aid their work is appreciated, thermal imaging has often been likened to an MRI of the body, showing up what the human eye is unable to detect and providing inside information that can be used to develop a treatment plan to solve the issues.
The range of projects a qualified thermographer undertakes can be varied but most specialise in a few areas with particular hobby interests. So your building thermographer may work with institutes in their spare time on research and development of medical products or be out in all weathers taking thermal images of wildlife but there is one thing that you will be assured of – they are passionate about correct thermal techniques and providing a professional service.
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