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Focus First

If you’ve had Level I Thermographic Applications training course you most likely heard the mantra of “Focus First!” from your instructor, and with good reason! Of all of the camera settings that can be adjusted by the camera operator, focus is by far the most important.  Focus is essential to both image quality and temperature […]

Predicting the IR Market

One year ago I made some predictions about where I thought the market might be headed (click here to read full post). It is useful, I think, to see how today’s reality compares with yesterday’s dreams.

• A $1,000 imager

We are close, but thankfully not yet there. Sales of lower-cost systems continue to grow. This has […]

Upcoming Webinar on 6/01: Mastering Infrared Thermography

Please join us TOMORROW for Efficiency First’s Webinar!

Mastering Infrared Thermography: Tools & Techniques
Wednesday, June 1st @ 12:30 pm EST

This webinar presents infrared imaging features important for assessing residential buildings and will show you:

The important features of imaging equipment
How to use the technology throughout the year
How to identify the conditions required for successful thermal imaging of […]

A Thermal View of the Roof

Last week we talked about how low-slope roofs leak and, as a result, how the water becomes trapped in the roof system—generally in the insulation—accelerating roof failure. According to a survey by the National Roof Contractors’ Association, on average, roofs in the United States are replaced every ten years or less!

A penetration to the […]

Getting Connected to Good Support

The work we do as thermographers has immense value; I don’t mean to imply that the world would stop turning without us, but thermographers do a great deal to have it turn more smoothly and efficiently! The disastrous situation in Japan reminds us of how vulnerable the complex systems and machines we have grown to […]

Get Ready, Get Set, Get RESNET Certified!

I just got back from the RESNET national conference in Orlando, FL and am very excited to report that RESNET certification is now available!

Wondering what’s needed? Here are 3 key requirements:

• You must be a RESNET Building Performance Auditor or a Rater

• You must have 3 months experience using a thermal imaging system and […]

Remarkable New Infrared Imaging Systems I am stunned!

I am stunned! After 28 years of using thermal imagers, I’ve recently used one that allows me to see things I have never seen before. The price? Under $10,000! Now I realize a $10K system is far from the least expensive system on the market—which gets you asking, as you should be, why should you […]

I Thermally Resolve to… (Part 2)

Another one of my resolutions was “to learn more from my professional colleagues.” I’ve been fortunate in the 28 years I’ve been using thermal imaging to have worked with, and learned from, some of the most remarkable and brilliant people. The foundation on which I’ve built my career is solid because of these relationships I’ve […]

Introduction to Thermography for Building Sciences Seminar— with Michael Stuart and Home Performance Washington

Michael Stuart

On Thursday, January 20 in our backyard (Seattle, WA),  Michael Stuart of Fluke Thermal Imaging will give an all-day seminar on the basics of thermography for building sciences. Hosted by Home Performance Washington (HPW), this 6-8 hour seminar will cover the capabilities and limitations of infrared thermography technology, applications of the technology (with […]

Teaser Infrared Image - What is it?

Hint: This week’s image provides an inducement (something that induces, motivates, or persuades; incentive) to change form, to say the very least.

Infrared Image

Leave your answer in the comment section, and check back on Thursday for the answer!