Infrared thermal imaging detects infrared light, also known as heat. You can feel infrared light but you can’t see it. However, it is possible to pick up thermal light by using a thermal imaging camera. The camera will take in the infrared radiation, develop a picture and present it on a screen.
Detecting Mold Using an Infrared Camera
Mold testing and inspection is best left to the professionals. Professional mold inspectors, such as the ones at Mold Busters, use infrared thermal imaging so that they’re able to catch every trace of mold in your home if it’s there. Even though educated and experienced inspectors should be called on to determine whether or not mold is present, thermal imaging can be used for security purposes as well. The following are basic instructions for using infrared thermal imaging:
If you wish to include thermal imaging for security purposes, mount the camera securely on a wall. You can also use a handheld camera.
Next, connect the camera to a TV monitor or your computer. Cables, which will come with the camera, will connect from the back of the camera to the monitor of your choice. Typically, you’ll use the coaxial cable to connect to the TV monitor and the Ethernet cable to connect to a computer. If you’re feeling lost on what to do, simply consult the manual. If cords and plug-ins aren’t your thing, fortunately the newest thermal imaging cameras use wireless technology for connecting to your system.
After you’re connected, download and install the thermal imaging software onto your computer. Handheld cameras will have this software in the actual camera. Cameras without screens need additional software that will allow you to look at the thermal images on a monitor.
Turn the camera and software on to start snapping some thermal images. Thermal imaging, besides for security systems, is used for checking leaks, making your home more energy efficient and detecting mold growth. Home security systems function as scanners. A starting read is taken and, afterward, every scan that detects a change will set an alarm off.
Determine any heat differences based on the color or brightness of the image. Gray scale objects that appear whiter will be warmer, whereas coloured objects that move from black to dark red to white are increasing in temperature.