Multiple Uses for Infrared Thermometers

What’s happening family? This blog will focus on a tool and technology that is rapidly becoming common place in our society, especially as the world observes the rule of social distancing. As you have deduced from the title of the blog, it will briefly discuss the myriad uses for infrared thermometers. Other names the infrared thermometer goes by includes the infrared laser thermometers, the non contact infrared thermometer, and others. Some of the uses are for body temperature, cooking, safety in the home, and for trade work.

Body Temperature

For those daycares that still operate during this time, they must follow strict state regulated guidelines. The daycare staff now wear masks, gloves, and use the assistance of infrared thermometers as a preventative measure to minimized contact and mitigate the risk of transmitting diseases. A daycare staff member was enabled by the use of the infrared thermometer to detect a fever in my daughter that we had missed. Due to their diligent work, we were able to get our daughter to the emergency room and provide her with the antibiotics from the pharmacy to remedy the infection.

Medical Application

Medical grade infrared thermometers are also being used by medical professionals. The device is cost effective, easy to operate, promotes non contact in clinical environments, and enables multiple temperature checks with speed. The professional simply points at the forehead of the patient squeezes the trigger on the device and gets an instant thermal reading.


Culinary connoisseur or “foodies” can also benefit from the use of infrared thermometers in their favorite recipes ensuring that the appropriate temperature is maintained. It can be used for indoor cooking on the range and oven or for back yard bar-b-ques. Commercial cooks use this technology in their commercial kitchens as well.

Safety in the Home

Uses for infrared thermometers also extend into the home helping to ensure a safe environment for the family. Infrared thermometers can be used to measure the water temperature in a home to prevent scalding from excessively hot water. The consumer product safety commission recommends setting water temperature at approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tool of the Trades

Many professional tradesmen such as electrical contractors, HVAC technicians, and home inspectors own an infrared thermometer as a staple tool in their tool kits. Electricians employ the device to check the temperature of outlets and service panels from a safe distance. HVAC technicians use the thermometer as a diagnostic tool to accurately determine if the temperature differential between the supply air delivered throughout the house and the air returning to the heating and cooling unit are an appropriate variance. Home inspectors use infrared thermometer to test the surface temperature of kitchen appliances and gauge the average temperature of fuses and breakers in an electrical system to report defects in a building that may cause safety or shock concerns.

Capabilities only Limited by Human Imagination

Infrared can be used for many other applications not mentioned in this article. It is used to identify areas in the home that are missing insulation, which can cause discomfort in the home and wasted money due to energy loss. It can be used to check the temperature of beverages. Recently, when entering facilities on a local military installation, Soldiers were using infrared thermometers check the body temperature. At my wife’s job, her employer intends on contracting infrared thermometers as people are phasing back into the workplace to protect the health of the workplace. The uses for infrared thermometers and its capabilities are only limited by human imagination.

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