A Beginners Guide to Thermal Imaging

How energy efficient is your building? This is an important question that needs answering. Reducing energy and ensuring your building is energy efficient makes perfect business sense, it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change.

When researching into energy efficiency you may have seen that the local company you turn to for a Gas Safe engineer also offer thermal imaging services but, what is this service? We have put together a beginners guide to thermal imaging, read on to answer any potential questions that you may have about this service. 

What are thermal imaging services? 

These services use infrared thermography to allow commercial gas engineers to detect and diagnose any heating and energy defects in a building, quickly and easily. This smart technology allows engineers to complete a defect detection survey much easier than ever before.

In thermography, the application’s infrared radiation is converted by a thermal camera to a visual image. Different temperatures are indicated as different colours allowing potentially troublesome hot spots to be found quickly. This is a new gas engineer tool that has dramatically changed defect detection services. 

Why are they used?

This is a service that is available to homes, offices, buildings and properties of all shapes and sizes. They are essentially used to identify and report on energy inefficiencies. Thermal imaging will capture images of a building which enables professionals to create detailed reports that will clearly highlight and list any problem areas the building has. 

From this report, thermal imaging experts will be able to provide you with an educated analysis as to why these problems are occurring, enabling you to fix them. Once these issues are fixed you will find that you can save money on your energy bill whilst reducing your carbon footprint. 

Thermal imaging can also be used to spot serious faults that have significant safety risks, such as overheating electrical equipment, which could result in a fire.

How long does this service take?

The whole aim of thermal imaging is to be quicker and easier than other defect detection services. It is a non-contact, non-invasive and non-destructive inspection technique. Not only is it much easier and quicker than other techniques but it also offers a higher level of visibility than previous, more traditional methods.

What is required for the service to be carried out?

To get the most accurate results, a 10°C temperature difference between the inside and outside of the property must be achieved for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the survey if occupied, or 72 hours for an empty building.

Don’t worry If your building doesn’t have a heating system or has a non-operational heating system, you can use temporary direct heaters to get the property up to temperature.

Who can complete them?

Not all energy companies and local gas engineers will be able to complete this service. Some companies choose to use more traditional methods and you should enquire regarding thermal imaging rather than just assuming that everyone can provide the service. 

At Murdock Heating, we can provide you with thermal imaging experts who can complete this service to the highest standard. We are proud to be one of Bedfordshire’s favourite thermal imaging companies so, if this is a service you are interested in then you know who to turn to. 

Booking thermal imaging services

To speak to a member of our experienced team at Murdock Heating and book your thermal imaging service please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us directly on 01923 850609 or email us at info@murdockheating.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.