Are there any limitations to thermal imaging cameras?

Yes!  Thermal energy can be reflected off of shiny surfaces such as polished metal and glass.  Thermal imaging cameras cannot see through glass which is an immediate indicator of a low tech device claiming to offer ‘infrared imaging’ to the end user.  Some tablets and smart phones today tout IR technology yet are actually presenting a visual image that has been digitally manipulated to look like a thermogram.  If you stand in front of a window while looking at a thermal imaging camera, you will see yourself in the window because of the thermal energy reflecting off the glass.  Regardless of what Hollywood movies may show, infrared cameras cannot see through walls. It is also important to know that thermal imaging cameras should not be used as the deciding factor that a problem exists. Using other instruments such as a borescope, moisture meter, multimeter or blueprint drawing of the building should always be used to confirm what and if a problem exists.

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For over 27 years Monroe Technology has been there for the professional thermographer. Monroe Thermal Imagers are the most sturdy and durable in the industry and have been the main stay for many weatherization programs throughout the US. Please contact us to discuss and review all of these as necessary to ensure you make the best decision for your business!

The i-Series is a great tool for those who are in the trenches. Put the i-Series in your tool box today and use the power of infrared to visually detect problems before they detect you. Please contact us to discuss and review all of these as necessary to ensure you make the best decision for your business!

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