Well it's that time of year where the central heating has to go on here in the UK First tool I reach for is my trusty FLIR One attached to my iPhone
Above are pictures captured with a FLIR One attached to my iPhone and then edited with the FLIR Tools App.
This allows you to highlight specific areas of interest with high and low temperature spots and an area average. You can choose a circle, box or line to capture the measurements.
Top left is the central heating system pump, next to it is a large vertical panel radiator that needs flushing (I may end up replacing it next spring) bottom left is an example of a balanced radiator and to the right a smaller one that had a massive air gap that has now been bled. I was looking for air gaps to bleed in the panel radiators. Previously I would have used my onboard thermal gauges.. my hands to feel if there was constant heat coverage or if the radiators needed bleeding. Now I just scan them with the FLIR One and can concentrate on the ones that need attention.
A great tool for use in the home or in a maintenance environment. I recently demonstrated the some handheld Condition Monitoring equipment which went down well with a group of engineers, but when I showed them the FLIR One they became really enthusiastic and borrowed mine to look at plug sockets and laptops in the training room; I think they all added one to their Christmas list! The FLIR Tools App also has the facility to produce picture in picture so you can have a visual reference of the part being inspected, or an arty scenic shot like the one I took in Alaska of a glacier.