Applications of Thermography

Building applications

  • Radiant heating thermography
  • Building envelope thermography
  • Air infiltration testing
  • Door and window weather seal inspection
  • Thermal bridging inspections
  • Moisture Intrusion inspections
  • Roofing moisture thermography
  • Dew point thermography

Commercial Electrical Applications:

  • Predictive maintenance thermography
  • Work documentation, quality control (before and after repair)
  • Steam line investigations
  • Steam trap investigations
  • Pump, motor pulley and bearing inspections
  • Chilled water system inspections
  • Physical plant inspections.

Fire Prevention

Every year in the United States, faulty electrical/lighting equipment causes more than 45,000 structural fires. On average, these fires kill 240 people, injure 1,200, and inflict more than $1 billion in direct property damage. Infrared testing has become the most widely recommended method for detecting these critical electrical faults before they cause catastrophic fires.

Infrared thermography is ideally suited to perform predictive maintenance inspections on electrical equipment because excess resistance on a electrical equipment produces heat. This heat is detected by an infrared camera, and depending on the temperature, may indicate electrical faults such as loose or improper connections, overloaded or imbalanced circuits, faulty breakers, damaged switchgear, failing motor control centers, faulty fuses and a wide range of other concerning electrical conditions.

Before an electrical component burns up, it heats up. Thermography is used to see the excess heat (resistance) so that problems are discovered and maintenance personnel can act to correct the problem before the component fails. Such predictive maintenance prevents damage to the component(s), decreasing safety hazards and/or production downtime.

“Thermal imaging” or “Infrared Inspection” is a predictive maintenance technique that uses a thermal imaging and measurement camera to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object.

Recent technical manuals published by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) prominently recommend the use of infrared inspection in the testing and maintenance of electrical systems and components.

Predictive Maintenance

Standard maintenance inspections and building applications:

  • HVAC system performance and repair
  • Residential electrical system evaluations
  • Commercial electrical system evaluations.
  • Pest control (termites, rodents, bees)

Water damage, remediation, & mold:

  • Flood or water damage remediation
  • Drying verification at walls, floors, ceilings
  • Indoor air quality applications

Energy Evaluation Services:

  • Solar heat gain
  • Internal heat gain
  • Energy loss investigations
  • Education
  • Building envelope thermography
  • Air infiltration testing
  • Door and window weather seal inspection
  • Thermal bridging inspections

Energy Cost Reduction

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning costs are the highest in the nation right here in
Hawaii and they will continue to rise in the coming years. While legislation pushes
the implementation of energy-saving construction technology, materials, and
appliances for both residential and commercial buildings thermal imaging provides
one of the only ways to accurately determine whether or not the efforts taken are
successful in making a house more energy efficient. ( Missing insulation, air
infiltration).

About Energy rates in Hawaii

In Hawaii county, our electricity rates are the highest in the nation by 30% with
current residential rates at 35-45 cents a KWH our utility rates are 4 times higher
than the national average.

When heating or Air conditioning your home or office, air leaks become very
expensive.

Even small gaps in your home’s building envelope can allow significant amounts
of conditioned air to escape (exfiltration).

Why infrared thermography?

Speed and accuracy. Thermographers can survey entire building exteriors, walls, ceilings, and other large surfaces quickly and precisely to locate areas of energy loss.

Our non-intrusive infrared cameras are the most sophisticated in the state and designed to save you time, money, labor and resources.

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