Get Accurate Results on Your Infrared Thermometer & Monitoring Tool – Here’s How

Not everyone knows how to use an infrared thermometer – much less maximise its potential. If you want to make the most out of your infrared thermometer & monitoring tool, this article is for you. Here are three practical ways to get better and more accurate measurements on your infrared thermometer.


But before you start getting good results, we will first point out the common uses of this an infrared thermometer. Here are some of the common activities that require the use of an infrared thermometer:


  • Determining faulty electrical circuits.
  • Identifying overloaded circuit breakers.
  • Determining issues with your electrical switchgear.
  • Identifying fuses that are on its current rated capacity.
  • Measuring various temperatures in large rotating motor equipment.
  • Pinpointing potential “hot spots” in electronic equipment.
  • Troubleshooting issues with steam traps.
  • Determining potential leaks in sealed vessels.
  • Look for faulty insulation in insulated piping systems.
  • Detecting accurate temperature readings.


Now you know the different ways that you can use your infrared thermometer & monitoring tool. Here are three ways you can get better measurements and accurate readings on them:


Are You Measuring More Than You Thought?

Most infrared thermometers have a ‘distance-to-spot’ ratio that conveys the distance of a particular target in comparison to the diameter of the area. D:S ratios can potentially differ in the slightest or the most extreme numbers. Make sure to check the label of your thermometer, which is commonly found in the user manual that comes with it. By doing so, you can measure accurately without overdoing it.


Using the Laser as Basis for Your Measurement

A typical infrared thermometer & measuring tool features laser pointer that shows the centre of the measurement area. Always remember that the laser is only used as a pointer and not for the actual measurement. This is a common myth that a lot of users tend to believe. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake that most people are doing. Also, note that the measurement spot will always be wider.


Avoid Exposing Bright or Shiny Objects

Finally, an infrared thermometer & monitoring tool offers excellent accuracy when measuring different types of objects. However, there are exceptions, which include reflective items. Essentially, anything that’s better and shiny can be a challenge to measure as the shine of brightness can affect the accuracy. Remedy this by putting a strip of non-reflective tapes such as masking tape or electrical tape. Doing so will give you a target for an overall better measurement


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