Thermal infrared imaging is used to detect
heat loss in buildings providing information on where further insulation
is needed to reduce energy costs.
The detection of
heat loss in other structures
can be used to identify problems early so that repairs can be made
before serious and more costly damage occurs.
Infrared imaging is used to detect
roof leaks, moisture in walls and ceilings and for the inspection of leaks in
windows, pipes, and in
air conditioning and heating systems. In factories, infrared detectors are
used to inspect ovens, kilns, boilers and refractories for cracks and weak
Infrared scanning is used to detect weak spots in river dikes, dams, and
bridges allowing for repairs to be made before the situation becomes
Energy efficiency in cold rooms and large freezers
is also studied using infrared detectors.