Have you ever been accused of being a "surface looker"? I am accused all the time of looking right past the very object that I am searching for. My keys, my wallet, even my glasses! Wait, maybe if I put my glasses on it would give me a better chance of finding the other items. That is a discussion for another day.
There are many instances when we look right past the obvious in our lives. In other situations, there are times when we need a bit of help to find conditions that are just beneath the surface. Still other situations present themselves only when we have the correct tools and equipment to help us see what otherwise cannot be seen.
Infrared technology is one of these tools that give us a chance to look through the surface and see things from a different perspective. Infrared cameras create images from the heat that is being emitted from the surface of an object. Human beings cannot detect heat with the naked eye. As a result, we require the aid of equipment such as infrared cameras that can assist us in reading the temperature that is being emitted by an object.
Infrared technology is used for a wide variety of purposes. One of the most useful ways that homeowners and building owners can utilize this technology is to detect moisture leaks in the structure of their building or home. This can be a plumbing leak, roof leak or any other type of leak condition that cannot be found with the naked eye but still must be located. Infrared technology can even be used to detect mold growth.
Infrared technology allows the operator to see what otherwise would be overlooked. It gives us a different way of looking at the same thing. Now if it can only help me find my keys!
Photo © istockphoto.com/Suljo Infrared scan of home.