Learning The “Secrets” of Outlets

Home Safety Tips: How to Insulate Your Electrical Outlets

If you still feel draft despite of closing your home tight during winter to keep the cold air out, then more likely you have a poorly insulated electrical outlet. Unexpected drafts entering your home may actually come from exterior walls, electrical outlets and light switch boxes, especially in older homes. Warm air can also penetrate through wall and electrical outlet cracks especially during summer, heating up the home. Moisture is caused by condensation of air, turning the liquid within walls. Accumulation of liquid causes walls to become wet, thus leading to damage of fixtures and other properties, as well as posing health risks for those occupying the house. Inadequate insulation causes discomfort of having cold and hot air entering into your home when you don’t want to, resulting in heat lost and higher utility bills. It is very important to identify sources the of air leaks, in order to prevent these risks and avoid moisture buildup.

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors advise a simple test to find air leaks around your electrical outlets. In doing the air leak test, hold a smoke pen or incense stick in front of electrical sockets or outlets on a windy day particularly for those with air paths to the outdoors. If the smoke stream moves horizontally, then it is an indicative sign of air leak. Just be careful in using incense sticks and keep them away from flammable materials and drapes. The Natural Resources Defense Council advise that there is insufficient insulation if you find your outlets are letting in a draft. There are several options for insulating your electrical sockets at home.

A simple method in reducing draft from your electrical outlets is by using wall plate insulation foam gaskets. To prevent potential electrical shock during foam gasket installation, it is important to turn off the power source using a power circuit breaker. It is easy to install a foam gasket, just simply unscrew the electrical outlet cover, pressing the foam around electrical sockets, then attach the electrical cover back. Foam gaskets have packaging instructions you can follow. Usually putting a wall plate insulation gasket solves the problem, but it doesn’t, you can seal a drafty electrical socket and fixtures with putty or caulk. If you are unable to resolve the problem on your own, then it’s time to seek the help of a professional to install insulation in between your walls. Whether you prefer to install a wall plate foam gasket electrical outlet insulation or repair cracks, don’t forget to put child-safety plugs into electrical sockets when they’re not in use, to also prevent additional cold or warm air from entering into your home. Foam gaskets are really effective in sealing cold and warm air that enters and penetrates your electrical sockets.The Essentials of Gaskets – Getting to Point A

A Simple Plan: Gaskets