Less than a year after the introduction of its iPhone accessory Flir One, Flir announced the availability of its TG165 imaging IR thermometer. Designed for beginner users of thermal imaging tools, the TG165 helps eliminate the guesswork around tracking energy loss by combining a single spot IR thermometer with a thermal camera.

The two-in-one design lets the device simultaneously determine the object's surface temperature and passively scan the area to displays an image of hot and cold patterns on the LCD screen. For replacement contractors, this technique could spell more sales, since the visual representation of infrared radiation gives users a better understanding of temperature readings. Being able to see hot and cold spots or energy escaping the home improves homeowners' understanding of what improvements need to be made. The TG165 has a Distance-to-Spot ratio of 24:1, meaning that from 24 inches the device can measure the temperature of a 1-inch spot; doubling the distance also doubles the measurable area. Since different materials emit thermal energy differently (e.g., shiny surfaces vs. dark matte finish surfaces), the tool also lets users adjust emissivity settings with the help of user manual guidelines.

Suitable for electrical, plumbing, and construction trades, the TG165 IR Thermometer is ideal for checking seals around windows and doors, spotting areas of missing insulation, pinpointing electrical hotspots, or locating water leaks and clogs. At $499, the TG165 has a slightly higher price tag than the Flir One introduced in January, but offers more flexibility. The Flir One requires an iPhone 5 or 5s to operate, whereas the TG165 has the look and feel of more standard test and measurement devices. It also offers a wider range of temperature readings from -13 to 716F, compared to 32 to 212F for the Flir One. Flir | flir.com