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Measuring residential temperatures using a digital infrared thermometer
An excellent way to measure surface temperatures both inside and outside your home is to use a
digital infrared thermometer. These small portable hand held battery powered units cost from
around $100, they focus the infrared radiation emitted from an area of a remote measured surface
onto an infrared sensor and continuously convert it to an accurate digitally displayed temperature.
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Most digital infrared thermometers indicate the center of the remote surface area measured by a red
laser spot. The area measured is directly proportional to the distance between the infrared thermometer
and the surface being measured, typically if this distance is 60 inches the diameter of the measured
area is 6 inches, if the distance is 20 feet the diameter of the area measured is 2 ft.
IR thermometers are non-contact devices that can be used for remotely measuring residential temperatures
and can also be used to rapidly locate areas hotter or colder than their surroundings
so are ideal for locating cold or hot air leaks and poorly insulated areas.
When attempting to cool you home naturally infrared
thermometers are very useful as they rapidly and accurately indicate the temperature of any area they
are pointed at. A digital infrared thermometer together with an ‘air flowometer’, - a hand held
partially unrolled toilet paper roll, allows you to identify which external windows and doors to open
to achieve the fastest cooling rate for your home.
Infrared thermometers are also ideal for measuring rotating, electrically live, very hot, or
As well as measuring residential temperatures infrared thermometer uses include measuring body
temperatures, cooking temperatures, outdoor grill temperatures, refrigerator and freezer temperatures,
liquid temperatures, clothes iron temperatures, oven temperatures, soldering iron temperature,
troubleshooting engines by locating hot or cool spots, measuring the temperature of electronic
components, and in the diagnosis of heating and cooling systems.
Native American Wisdom: "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our
decisions on the next seven generations". Iriquois nation.