In its most basic form, infrared thermography is the equipment and the methods used to detect infrared energy emitted from an object, converting the received data to temperature, resulting in an image displaying a difference in temperature distribution.
KES is Level III Certified as a Master Thermographer by the Infrared Training Center, the world renowned training arm for FLIR Systems, to perform non-destructive, non-contact, thermal imaging to assess temperature variations in flat roofs, saturated or moist insulation within wall cavities, hot spots on electrical distribution panels, photovoltaic solar panels, energy assessments (air exfiltration & infiltration), HVAC systems, and mechanical pumps and components.
KES owns and uses the most advanced thermal imaging camera on the market – FLIR’s T1020 series thermography camera - primarily for:
- Detecting and assessing moisture within walls, floors, ceiling cavities, insulation and other building materials that may indicate leaking pipes, condensation issues or other moisture problems leading to corrosion, mold, and mildew (sample picture).
- Detecting and assessing moisture in flat roofs where it has become trapped within a roof system before it saturates through into the ceiling cavity below or a wall onto occupants below. Thermal imaging for flat roofs provides critical diagnostic information necessary for developing effective roof maintenance programs, capital budget planning and for making better-informed decisions when considering roof repairs, resurfacing or replacement (sample picture).
- Detecting and assessing opportunities for energy savings by visualization of temperature differences due to air infiltration (cold or warm air coming in), air exfiltration (warm or cool air escaping), missing insulation and moisture damage (sample picture).
- Identification of excess heat on electrical apparatus such as loose connections, faulty fuses, defective breakers, damaged switches, overloaded or imbalanced circuits and other potentially problematic electrical conditions (sample picture).