What are the advantages of using a digital thermometer over a standard thermometer?
Whilst both types of thermometer are primarily used to monitor the temperature of a given sample or environment, digital thermometers are usually more sophisticated temperature measurement devices offering a greater selection of applications and more exacting temperature readings.
Digital thermometers may include laser assisted temperature identification for hard to reach target areas, a greater spectrum of measuring units (such as Kelvin), complex datalogging, and custom temperature probes for analysing food samples.
What is the difference between a contact and non-contact thermometer?
A contact thermometer requires the use of a probe or similar to directly take temperature readings through direct contact with a sample. Non-contacting thermometers do not require contact with the sample in order to take temperature readings and can often be used to monitor temperature changes between spaces.
Digital contact thermometers use a defined probe in order to achieve more accuracy or reach a central point of temperature measurement, e.g the ear of a baby for more accurate temperature readings. Alternatively, non-contact thermometers can be used at a distance to measure the temperature of a baby's forehead for example.
What are professional thermometers used for?
Professional thermometers can be used for a multitude of applications such as checking office heating systems are safe and working correctly. Medical thermometers are regularly used to check the temperature of babies, whilst meat thermometers are used to check that meat is cooked through. Other common uses for thermometers include: Saunas, art galleries, museums, refrigeration, storage and greenhouses.