Infrared Thermometers: Taking Accurate Readings

Infrared Thermometers: Taking Accurate Readings

Infrared thermometers are great tools for quickly measuring surface temperatures and knowing how to properly use these tools is vital.  

What is Infrared? 

To start with let's discuss what Infrared is.  

Infrared is a type of radiant energy that’s invisible to human eyes but can be felt by humans as heat. All objects in the universe emit some level of Infrared (IR) radiation, with two of the most common sources being the sun and fire. 

Infrared temperature measurement is affected by three main things: emissivity, distance, and surroundings. 

Taking accurate measurements 

There are several things that need to be considered when taking readings with an infrared thermometer including distance, angle, and surroundings.  

The angle of the infrared thermometer when being used to take measurements is important in ensuring you get an accurate reading. We recommend that you hold the thermometer straight on so that you can limit the device accidentally taking readings from your surroundings. It’s also important to remember that if you’re measuring temperature around certain surfaces (such as stainless steel) that you risk measuring the reflection of the surroundings.  

Distance also needs to be considered. Each infrared thermometer has a different distance to target ratio, meaning it will take a reading from a certain size area of the object you’re aiming at, so it’s important to make sure you aren’t too close or too far away from the object you’re measuring to ensure accuracy.  

How can Eurolec help?  

At Eurolec we supply a wide range of Infrared thermometers, perfect for measuring  both body and surface temperature. 

Our digital non-contact infrared thermometer is perfect for checking surface, body, and room temperature. With a 1 second response time, this device is accurate, reliable and 100% safe and hygienic. 

Find out more about this digital non-contact infrared thermometer. 

Find out more about our wide range of Infrared thermometers.