Using Non-contact Thermometers

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Date: 
2007
Volume: 
19
Number: 
4
Tip Category: 
Environmental monitoring

Non-contact or “infrared” thermometers have proven to be a very effective tool for poultry producers with a wide variety of uses. They can be used to measure floor temperatures during brooding, to check for overheating circuit breakers during hot weather, or to evaluate the condition of ceiling and/or side wall insulation. Though the potential benefits from being able to measure various surface temperatures within a poultry house are numerous, it is important that the user understands some of the unique characteristics of non-contact thermometers in order to draw proper conclusions from temperature measurements made by these devices.