NEW YORK — This Old House has named Seek Thermal’s Seek Compact thermal imager to its fifth annual “This Old House Top 100,” a list of the 100 best new home products of the year. Each year, the editors spend months scouting, testing, and culling numerous new products for the home to identify the most distinctive, useful, and innovative.

Seek Compact, a smartphone-connected camera for both iOS and Android devices, allows DIYers and contractors to harness the full potential of thermal imaging for the simple and quick detection of unseen problems around the home. With the thermal imager, it is possible to expose energy inefficiencies, HVAC problems, electrical issues, water damage, clogs in pipes, and more.

It works with a free app that makes it easy for the user to get started with thermal imaging, while also including a range of controls substantial enough for contractors to use the camera for serious work. It’s available for $249 at,, Lowe’s, and The Home Depot in select stores.

“With the Seek Compact thermal camera, we paved the way for the consumer market by delivering military-proven technology in an affordable, portable, and versatile device,” said Mike Muench, chief executive officer of Seek Thermal. “Some of the most cited uses have been around home improvement and construction applications, so it’s an honor to be recognized by This Old House, the expert in home improvement and renovation.”

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Publication date: 11/18/2015