Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector
Now that we've moved to a drafty old house, we have the dream of getting our hands on one of those thermal imaging tools in order to have the nauseating experience of actually watching all the heat escape from our windows, floorboards, and walls. Unfortunately, even the most basic models are in the $1,500 range. But, interestingly enough, we saw that Black & Decker has another tool in their Energy Saver line called the Thermal Leak Detector (read our thoughts on their Power Monitor here)
Obviously B&D's $50 tool is going to be pretty rudimentary when compared to the ultra-pimped out professional models that come with tv screens, but still the smaller tool might be a good option for someone interested in doing some investigating into their house. In a way, the Thermal Leak Detector is just a laser thermometer that knows enough to give you an over/under. To operate it, you set a base temperature and then, as you shine the light around the room, it lets you know when there is a deviation from that temp. So when you're taking a reading from your wall (70 degrees) the light is one color and as you move it over your window casing (20 below zero), it changes to another color. You can also set the number of deviation from one to five to ten degrees, so the light doesn't change at every slight temperature change.
Like we said the Thermal Leak Detector is about $50 and it available in select stores.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 5, 2009 5:25 AM