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FAQS

A thermal imaging survey on your property can often highlight key areas of weakness when it comes to low energy efficiency. Using the latest in thermographic technology, our imaging systems can detect a range of issues that could potentially be costing you money.

Let us help you make your property more energy efficient, warmer and cheaper to heat - the average home will be wasting between 20-40% of its heat simply from poor insulation alone!

Whatever needs you may have, thermal imaging can unearth the answers to your energy saving questions.

Please take a moment to read through our frequently asked questions below:

WHY DO I NEED TO CARRY OUT THERMAL IMAGING?

As part of the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, employers and landlords must maintain their electrical systems in order to prevent danger where it may otherwise exist.

It can often be challenging to isolate and access power supplies, especially in buildings such as hospitals data centres and factories. As a results, thermal imaging cameras can be used as an alternative to normal inspection practice. They can highlight potential issues before they have occurred but without the need to isolate power circuits.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY?

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of everyone in the premises to ensure the safety of others and highlight clear dangers. However, the Duty Holder will be the one with complete responsibility for electrical safety and failing that, it will be the most senior employee. It is important to know who has the responsibility for the safety and welfare of staff in order to establish that full compliance has been achieved.

HOW DOES THERMAL IMAGING WORK?

Thermal imaging cameras work differently to normal cameras as they detect heat instead of light. A specially designed lens is attached to the front of a thermal imaging camera, sometimes referred to as infrared, and it is this lens that detects the heat radiating from objects around us. Thermal imaging can work in both day and night settings as it is completely unaffacted by light.

WHAT IS THERMAL IMAGERY USEFUL FOR?

Energy Efficiency

Thermal imaging can be used to see how much heat is escaping from a house/building, and to check how well insulated that building is. It can also be used to monitor water ingress in buildings (this usually appears as dampness that shows up as cold on brickwork/plaster/flooring, etc).

Industry

Predictive maintenance is absolutely crucial in monitoring electrical equipment hotspots and taking action before it's too late, especially in equipment such as boilers, furnaces or kilns.

Medical/Veterinary

Thermal imaging can be incredibly use when checking body temperature or for areas of inflammation. Inflammation in the body of mammals like horses will show up on the camera as an unusual area of localised heat and could indicate a more serious underlying problem.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

When you request a thermal imaging survey, one of our trained engineers will visit your premises with one of our powerful infrared thermal detection cameras. They will then begin assessing your premises using the camera to highlight a number of different potential issues, for example electrical parts that are damaged or ready to fail. Excessive localised heat is often the indication of a problem, and our engineer will be able to alert you to any suspect equipment that may need replacing. In most cases, thermal images can be taken by removing the cover or barrier to a piece of electrical distribution equipment and does not require isolation.

WHO SHOULD DO THE WORK?

It is important to have this type of work carried out by a trained and qualified professional. Our engineers all have electrical experience and they have been trained to the requisite level in understanding and operating thermal imaging equipment.

WILL IT IMPACT ON MY WORKPLACE?

In theory, there should be no impact whatsoever other than the presence of an engineer at key electrical locations. Providing you communicate with the engineer and provide access to each location, there will be no impact and your business will not be affected.

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE?

Upon completion of a thermal imaging survey you should receive a report that details the following:

  • Installation details and characteristics
  • Schedule of items tested and inspected
  • A thermal image and standard digital image of piece of equipment surveyed
  • Recommendations for any further investigation required along with an explanation
  • If you are not a technical person, then your contractor should be pleased to talk through your report with you and advise you of any further action required.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Here at Thermal Savings UK, we operate our services using a daily rate which can range between £260 and £2000 per day depending on survey location, access, time and volume of images taken. An engineer can comfortably survey 50 pieces of equipment in a day, providing access is arranged. If you would like to discuss a potential cost for a survey at your premises, contact us directly.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF I DON’T DO IT?

There are many reasons not to do electrical testing and inspections, such as cost, inconvenience or even lack of knowledge. However none of these reasons will be accepted as a defence in the event that an accident or fire occurs, especially one that causes harm to employees or property. Aside from the threat of prosecution in the event of injury or death, the safety of your colleagues, employees, patients and belongings are reason enough to test and inspect electrical systems at work.

CAN THERMAL IMAGING DETECT WATER LEAKS?

Yes, thermal imaging can be used to detect water leaks, water intrusion and plumbing leaks inside walls before they become visible. Thermal imaging can also be used to help you trace the leak back to the source, finding the area that needs to be repaired. Thermal imaging is perfect for detecting the path that the water is traveling so you know exactly where a repair will need to be made.

CAN THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS SEE THROUGH OBJECTS?

No, this is a complete fiction and something created by the film and television industry! Thermal imaging cameras only detect heat meaning they are not able to “see” through solid objects - clothing, brick walls, cars etc. They will only be able to detect the heat coming off the surface of the object in question.

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