Infrared Testing

Infrared Testing

Infrared Testing

Thermal imaging is a valuable tool for detecting a number of potential problems within a building. 

Electrical Distribution Systems

Certified FMO technicians are experienced in performing full scan thermography inspections on entire electrical distribution systems including power panels and disconnect switches.  The thermal scanner produces live images of the heat emitted from equipment, which can immediately identify an electrical fault not otherwise observable through the usual maintenance procedures.  Whenever a problem is observed, the technician will take additional diagnostic steps, including specific amperage readings, to help determine if the problem is an overloaded circuit or some other cause.Certified FMO technicians are experienced in performing full scan thermography inspections on entire electrical distribution systems

Building Envelope

Producing thermal images of building envelopes is an important step towards ensuring energy efficiency.  Heat loss can account for up to 50% of total energy consumption in a building with causes ranging from air leakage through chimneys, attics and wall vents to badly sealed doorways and failing argon gas windows to missing insulation.  Thermal images can detect and locate patterns and sources of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye.  Our trained FMO staff use state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras to help reveal missing insulation, HVAC air flow and equipment issues, radiant heating malfunctions, compromised roofing, and much more.  The resulting images are presented in report form and provide convincing evidence that pinpoints where improvements need to be made or how well they’ve been completed.

    Department Contact

    Tony Ragucci
    Associate Director, Maintenance Services
    anthony_ragucci@harvard.edu