Is your house springing energy leaks? Find them with a detector!

The Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector helps you increase the efficiency of your home’s insulation by finding weak areas that can lead to higher heating and cooling bills. Instantly identify problem areas around drafty windows and doors and uncover hidden leaks and insulation “soft spots” around your home. Check windows, ducts and walls with the thermal reference light that indicates hot and cold spots.

Monitor your home’s energy efficiency by finding areas that let heat out and cold air in. Simply set the detector’s temperature tolerances to one, five or 10 degrees; scan the light across the area you want to inspect. The light will change to red for warmer spots and blue for cooler spots to detect air leaks in both warm and cool weather. The detector also displays temperatures in either Fahrenheit or Celsius on the screen. Check for drafts or leaks around your fireplace, recessed lighting, electrical outlets, along floor molding or any place that may have improper seals, caulking or seams that aren’t immediately visible. A booklet gives you tips and instructions on how to seal leaks and improve insulation.

Sealing the leaks and improving insulation in your home can help you save as much as 20 percent on your heating and cooling bills. An efficient, greener home will stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

You can even use the detector to diagnose engine misfires or check your refrigerator and freezer settings. Diagnose engine problems related to overheating or coolant leaks to avoid costly repairs and mechanic bills down the road. The Thermal Leak Detector can also check your heating/cooling system.

The Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector costs about $50.00 online and features a two-year warranty.

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