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You’ll never guess what’s leaking in your home! Here’s a hint…they provide power.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

If you guessed electrical outlets, you’re correct!electrical outlet

Did you know that air leaks around your electrical outlets could be costing money in cooling costs?  While they don’t make the top of energy.gov’s list for the biggest hit to your energy bill, they do make the list, as you can see for yourself by clicking here.

How is this possible?  I mean we’re talking about holes that are minuscule at best, right?  While that is true – to a certain extent – you must first consider just how many switch plates and outlets there are in your home.  That many, huh?

So…while one unsealed electrical outlet (switch plates count too) may not be making much of a difference in your monthly cooling cost… when you put all of them together you get a pretty good sized hole.  A hole that may be as big as your fist!

Now, as a result of this information, wouldn’t you want to properly air seal these leaks?  If your answer is yes, keep on reading.  There are actually 4 different ways that are relatively inexpensive (we’re talking under $25) to air seal electrical outlets.

The best news is that none of them require much elbow grease.  Just a lot of patience to ensure the job is done correctly.  Well, that and any one of the following products:

  • Foam Gaskets
  • Expanding Foam
  • Caulking
  • Drywall Mud

In the world of HVAC efficiency, and dreaded monthly energy bills, we would all like to think of our home as a comforting blanket.  When this blanket is torn it provides ways for our home’s cool air to escape.  In most cases without our awareness! You better find the best supplier of furnace filters in Toronto, because it cheaper to change filters that pay for damage and repearing.

Now that you’re aware of the fact that your electrical outlets could be leaking, and therefore costing you to lose money…it’s time to start the process of air sealing them.  We promise the process won’t hurt a bit!

In order to properly air seal your electrical outlets, you must first purchase two of the products we mentioned previously – caulk and foam gaskets.  You can also purchase any other combination of these products.  Got it?  Great!

Now remove the outlet covers and run a thin line of caulk where the box meets the drywall.  Before the caulk has a chance to dry, you’ll want to apply the foam gasket so that the two mesh together.  Repeat these instructions until all of your switch plates and electrical outlets are completely air sealed.

If you’d rather not do this yourself; you can always contact the professional and licensed HVAC technicians at A-Peoria.  We can provide you with all of the HVAC services you’ll ever need or want. So call today – (623) 979-7223