Thermometer Types And Uses Explained
When we hear the word “thermometer,” the glass meter with a silver color liquid comes to our mind. Even though it’s days are over now, it remains the symbol of the thermometers. Anyway, we can’t use it anymore for safety concerns, but we have alternative Thermometers invented thanks to modern technology. Well, it depends on your purpose. The one you are using to measure your kid’s body temperature would not suit for every task. So, I thought of writing an article explaining the types of Thermometer and their uses. Even though the Mercury-in-glass Thermometer is my favorite; it’s outdated, so I am ignoring it here.
They can measure temperatures without touching the surface you want to measure. Widely used for measuring extremely high/low surface temperatures. Anyway, taking readings is more complex when compared with the other types. Since you can measure the temperature even without touching a surface, it’s safe to say that they are very safe to use. Relatively expensive though. Widely used in automotive industry and air conditioning systems.
One of the most common types used in food and safety industry. You can obtain instant readings with a Probe Thermometer. The probe is pointed for easy penetration/immersion. Comes as two types (fixed probe and long wire probe.) Fixed Probe Thermometers are easy to use, but lacks in other features.
The benefits of a probe Thermometer make it ideal for the food and safety industry, and worth mentioning.
* Simple displays.
* very easy to use.
* Highly portable.
* Wire probes come in various lengths for different purposes.
Data Logging Thermometer:
Well, it’s a Data Logger that records temperature continually. You can set the time period for automatic recording. The meter records and saves the data until you retrieve. Widely used in many industries for recording overtime temperature measurements. The benefits of using these meters highlighted below:
* You can set the meter and leave it to do its job.
* It records accurate readings.
* You don’t always have to connect it to a PC.
* Relatively cheap compared to its service.
Well, we live in the 21st century, but these Thermometers are the most popular type yet in the market. Could be the cheapest of all the temperature recording meters. Less accurate though. Ideal for home use and durable. Can measure in both °C and °F. You can easily fix the meter onto a wall. No matter even if you immerse it in water. Make sure you keep it reach out of children (since the liquid is there.)
Thermal imaging cameras:
Well, you can categorize it as a Thermometer due to its temperature measuring use. While you might not need it for home use, it’s useful for many industries today. Widely used for detecting hidden causes. Relatively expensive compared to the other types.
It’s not like in the 20s, now we have many types of Thermometers for different uses. So, buy the meter that suits your job/task. If you just want a meter for measuring home’s temperature, buy an analog one. These classic meters are the ones widely used even today. No need to repair and cheaper than the other alternatives.