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Best Thermal Imaging Cameras for HVAC

Whether you are checking for leaks or scanning for any electrical hot spots, a thermal image camera is an essential tool in your arsenal. You want a thermal camera that will help you quickly troubleshoot any issues and get through inspections.

If you are in the market for a new thermal imaging camera for your HVAC work then you will want to do some research before hitting the “buy now” button. We list some of the best thermal imaging cameras for HVAC that you can rely on out in the field. Whether you like a handheld camera with all the bells and whistles or a pocket-sized tool, there is a camera that will work for you. For more hand and power tools, check out Parts Town to get some essential gear for your tool box.

FLIR TG165-X Thermal Camera

FLIR thermal imaging camera
Source: FLIR

FLIR took the thermal imaging camera category by a landslide. The TG165-X makes for a lightweight and portable camera to take onto every jobsite. Coming in at a mere 13.9 oz, this tool won’t weigh you down while you work. It features a bullseye laser to help you target properly. Zero in and narrow down the problem spot with the single-spot IR thermometer. This essential HVAC tool will help you get the job done quickly and easily with its thermal imaging. 

Object Temperature Range: -13°F to 572°F

IR Resolution: 80 × 60 pixels

Thermal Sensitivity: <70 mK

Display Size: 2.4 in.

Price: $449.00

FLIR C5 Compact Thermal Camera

FLIR compact thermal imaging camera
Source: FLIR

If you are looking for a more compact thermal camera to keep in your pocket then the FLIR C5 is the latest and greatest. This pocket-sized tool is a 5-megapixel visual camera that can store images to the FLIR cloud system. It will help you identify any hot spots or problems and help you see in dark spaces with the LED flashlight feature. Don’t worry about it’s durability at the jobsite, as it’s IP54 rated to withstand water, dust and drops up to 2 meters. With multiple image modes you can solve any issues and finish up your work quicker with this HVAC thermal imaging camera. 

Object Temperature Range: -4°F to 752°F

Resolution: 160 x 120 pixels

Thermal Sensitivity: <70 mK 

Display Size: 3.5 in.

Price: $799.00

Seek Thermal Revealpro

Seek thermal imaging camera
Source: Seek Thermal

Handheld and lightweight, this thermal imaging camera is easy to use out in the field. It features a high-resolution sensor with 76,800 pixels for the clearest images. Skip carrying a bulky flashlight by using the 300-lumen LED light feature in the camera. With up to 4 hours of battery life it will last longer throughout the work day. The thermal camera also features a 32 degree field of view. This durable tool will handle every HVAC issue that is thrown your way, so keep one tucked in your pocket or tool box for work. 

Object Temperature Range: -40°F to 626°F

Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels

Thermal Sensitivity: <70 mK  

Display Size: 2.4 in.

Price: $699.00

Seek Thermal CompactPro

Seek compact thermal imaging camera
Source: Seek Thermal

For a compact and portable thermal imaging camera, the Seek Thermal Compact Pro is perfect. This on-the-go thermal imager was designed to attach to your smartphone. The Pro version works with both iPhone and Android phones for more compatibility. A waterproof case keeps this equipment safe while out on messy jobs. Though this thermal imager is small, it packs a serious punch in technology. It has a focusable lens and 1,800 ft. detection distance. Just pop this tool into your phone and you will be ready to get work done. 

Object Temperature Range: -40F° to 626°F

Thermal Sensor: 320 x 240

Frame Rate: < 9 Hz

Field of View: 32°