Stop Drafts From Electrical Outlets and Help Save Money

**Stop Drafts From Electrical Outlets and Help Save Money**



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I have been doing a lot of updating and home repairs in the last few months. Now that the weather is colder and I am spending more time inside I noticed that there were drafts coming in from my electrical outlets that faced external walls.

This video covers what I did to help stop the leaking of cold air into my house. It does not stop it completely, but there is a very noticeable difference.

I am not a home repair guru, and normally I do tech reviews but I thought I might share something that I have done to help cut down on my energy bills with everyone else.

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hello I'm wondering one and you may be wondering why you're looking at an electrical outlet at the moment well I've been doing a lot of work around my house lately and I've noticed that coming from the a lot the outlets that are facing exterior walls I can feel a draft coming through and well kind of want to insulate my house a little better so one of the one of the quick and cheap ways to do that is to insulate your electrical outlet a little bit what do I mean by that well I'll show you if you look you're if you're familiar with an electrical outlet you can kind of just ignore this part but you know you've got your basic electrical outlet you have your inputs but all these are are just empty air not technically but you know for this purposes these are spaces where air can get through and you have your plastic front cover now all that's behind the plastic front cover here front plate I should say is your box so we'll zoom in on that a little bit so what you have here is your electrical box with your outlet and that's all empty space so if your wall isn't that insulated even if it is that insulated you'll still get air coming in through here now you'll notice you can't see around the sheetrock and the electrical box itself because I went and I foam that in so what I mean by foaming it in what you're going to need for the project is pretty much get yourself a pair of gloves some newspaper some painters tape so you can frame off your electrical outlet and you get yourself some foam let me back this off a little bit spray foam this one is designed for interiors to do around electoral outlets and so forth my recommendation for this is get gloves that go up to here get newspaper to line your area use the tape to tape off your area because once this stuff gets on is a pain to get off also make this a weekend project and do all the outlets in your house because I did all the outlets but I still have some left in the can here however even though I capped it off it's it's useless it's hardened and I can't get anything out of this anymore so what you do is you spray along the exterior of the outlet where there's a gap between it and the sheetrock and you let it sit there it foams out a little bit to close up the gaps even better and then hardens after it hardens you cut it down and you can sand it down paint it if you get that particular type and you'll seal off between the sheetrock in the box itself so that's step one or one depending on how you want to look at it step two is your faceplate your faceplate is just a thin piece of plastic which you can get in the insulation aisle at any of your major box stores or your home place a home hardware store this is a little piece of foam insulation you pop out these little centerpieces so that you're left with the part that will sit flush Lee over your outlets so what that's doing is that space in the box itself it's covering up now don't throw away the little pieces that you push up what you're going to want to do after you put the faceplate back on is here want to get yourself some electrical safety plugs for childproofing you can get one of two types I recommend this type here which kind of has a ridge around it as opposed to just the straight flat ones both will do because what you're going to do is you'll plug this into any outlet that you're not using and it will close the gap up on the front so that'll totally seal off any draft that you might be getting in now the reason I suggest go with this type that has a lip around it this portion here this portion here that you pushed out if you use the one that has a lip you just slide it on and it acts as a little extra layer of insulation all you do there put them in and your draft is if not totally gone it's drastically reduced so that you hold your hand up to it you won't feel that cold air rushing in like you did before and really even though I did a lot of talking and demonstrating – the weighting that you'd have to do for this to dry all of a 5minute project you just do it to all the outlets in your house maybe take you our two hours of actual work and then dry time depending on the type that you get could be an hour and for that you'll save yourself a little energy cost as well as help keep your room slightly warmer instead of having that draft come in I've been wondered uh below one and like I said this was just I've been doing a lot of work on my house so I figured I would share one of the things that I've been doing to try and help increase my energy efficiency

18 thoughts on “**Stop Drafts From Electrical Outlets and Help Save Money**

  1. Russ Wollet

    I use lacquer thinner or acetone to clean my foam guns. You can reuse the cans over and over if cleaned after. Also let any overflow or spills dry before you try to clean up. Just take my word on that part.

  2. jerk chicken

    Yeah sorry this kind of foam isn't safe for use around electical wiring unless expressly stated so on the tin. You state that the type you have is specifically for around electrical wiring so I suppose if it says so at least you can sue if you have issues. Important to let the audience know you must indeed use exactly the right type of material

  3. DrScopeify

    I just renovated a shed, put in insulation and wall boards + new outlets and could still feel cold air from the outlet, thanks for the ideas.

  4. Tjfreak

    I just went ahead & filled my outlet / light boxes with expanding foam put,the covers back on really fast to contain it ..the covers might bow a little, but no biggie & I feel much better about the outlet leakage when the massive leakage is up in the attic,through the garage,around the windows & doors,the radiating of cold through the cement slab,coming in through the dryer venting,coming through ring joist areas.

  5. the dyslexic

    How are you stopping moisture from getting into the wall cavity if you don't wrap the box with poly/install a vapour barrier?

  6. Daijoubu

    These foam can easily catch on fire, not sure if it's a good idea, only use certified insulation around electricity, I suppose the foam inserts must be UL/ETL listed for that application? Rock wool would be already a better alternative.

  7. David B

    air does not come through the receptacle holes unless there is something seriously wrong with them…

  8. Tommy Fx

    Great job I like a person that's very knowledgeable on how to really seal a wall receptacle on a exterior wall.. I've seen tons of videos where people just put in the gaskets. Fantastic job.

  9. gerg1992mccoy

    you must be careful not to get spray foam inside the box or your fingers as you might result in electrical shock

  10. Brian Pellerin

    Good work! Also consider ceiling light fixtures, etc.

    Some air leaks are not easily seen. One way to detect these air leaks is to conduct a "smoke test." To do this, close all windows and doors and turn on a window air conditioner to create a positive pressure in your house, pushing air out of your home through any crack or opening.

    Now, turn off your smoke detectors momentarily because you can check for air leaks by holding a lit incense stick close to the spaces around the edges of your windows and doors, looking for a noticeable change in the smoke rising from the lit incense stick. If there is an air leak, the smoke will waiver and be drawn into the wall. If the smoke remains undisturbed, then you can assume that there are no air leaks in that specific area.

    Don't seal off your house like a perfect ballon, though, or you will asphyxiate. According to energy effieciency testing equipment, three or four whole-home air exchanges per hour is normal for spankin new, "energy effiecient" homes. Everything else sees 10 or more whole-home air exchanges per hour and that's probably too much. 


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