How can I stop an air draft around the light switch and receptacles?

Outlet sealerInstalling switch and outlet insulating sealers is the easiest and most cost effective DIY weatherization project. By simply installing these sealers on all of your light switch and electrical outlets you can reduce cold drafts in your home during the winter and keep the cool air from escaping in the summer. The energy cost savings for this simple project can be up to 5% of your heating and cooling costs. An added benefit of reducing air infiltration through the use of switch and outlet sealers is to help stop dust, dirt and pollen from entering your house.

The only tools needed to complete this project are a screwdriver and scissors. The foam insulated seals are made specifically for outlets and switch plates and they merely go behind your faceplate to insulate against drafts. Simply remove your existing faceplate, insert the foam seal, and then reattach your faceplate. It just take a couple of minutes and can make a big difference.

When you think about the number of outlets in your house and consider that each one can let in cold or hot air 24 hours a day, you'll soon realize it adds up to a lot of lost energy. And it's so simple.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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