I live in a house with some areas that get too warm and some too cold, regardless of the season. In the winter it’s especially frustrating because I end up wearing a sweatshirt in one area of the house and a T-shirt in another. Getting an energy audit through a contractor is not in our budget but luckily I recently came across a very simple way to find out if your house is energy-efficient: BlindSpotz. BlindSpotz: A Simple & Affordable Way to Find Out Your Home’s Cold Areas
BlindSpotz are removable stickers that are, in fact, sensors. You simply stick them on your wall and after 48 hours you’ll be able to tell the temperature in that area. Finding out the temperature will allow you to see if that specific area of the house needs to be more insulated, or if anything else can be done to prevent heat from escaping.
Here’s how they work:
Each BlindSpotz package contains 8 sensors. You simply peel them and stick them in certain areas of the house that feel colder to you than others. For example, near windows and door frames, the basement entrance, near closets, cabinets, the attic and the garage. Once you stick them, use your finger to rub the surface of the sticker until it is gray. This activates the sensor. Once it’s gray, leave it in place for 48 hours. (This needs to be done when the temperature outside is 32 degrees or below)
After 48 hours check the sensors to see what temperature they are indicating. Take a photo of the sensors that measure 50 or 55 degrees and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive various solutions to help keep that area warmer, as well as a coupon at participating retailers and/or contractors.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman writes for Little Spoon and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 8 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.