Find Those Cold Drafts: Thermal Leak Detector

Find Those Cold Drafts: Thermal Leak Detector

Gregory Han
Dec 9, 2008

Brrr...it's been getting noticeably colder at night, so we've been inspecting our 1917-built studio apartment for drafts so we can insulate and weatherize before our wimpy temperate-acclimated bodies freeze during sleep. In the past, we've mostly used the wet finger tip method to find drafts in our home, while I also rely on Emily's innate ability to feel the most minuscule amount of uninvited cold entering the home to recognize where air is leaking in. But now there's an even more accurate way to find and measure hidden energy leaks in your home...

We just posted about another in Black and Decker's Energy Saver Series over at Unplggd (a real-time energy consumption monitoring device), and this complimentary hand held gizmo aids in discovering where unwanted air is coming into the home, sensitive to changes of 1, 5 or 10 degrees F, utilizing a light that changes from red to blue to indicate a hot or cold spot. Sort of like a stud finder, except this will help you save energy (by sealing drafts, you can save up to 20% on your energy bill...nothing to sniff at). Available January '09.

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