Experiencing a power loss is no fun for anyone. After all, our world seemingly runs completely by electricity, so a power blackout can cause major inconvenience to your daily life and even present a danger to you or your home. When a blackout or power outage happens in your area, the last thing you want is to find yourself unprepared. We’ve rounded up four simple tips to help you prepare for a blackout and to keep you, your family, and your home safe in a worst-case scenario. Continue reading
Carbon monoxide, also known as the “silent killer” is a colorless, odorless gas that can present a grave danger to the inhabitants of your home. This gas is often found in homes with gas appliances and heating systems. But if it’s colorless and odorless, how can you know when it’s causing a problem in your home? Keep reading to learn about how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Continue reading
We’ve all been there. The dishwasher’s running, someone is vacuuming, someone is playing a video game, then someone turns on the microwave, and “bam!”, lights off. Your circuit breaker has tripped, and now you’ve got to fix it. Do you know where your breaker box is? How to determine the cause of your breaker tripping? How to get your power up and running again?
Circuit breakers commonly trip due to an overload of a circuit, or when it encounters a variety of electrical problems.
Keep reading to learn all about why your circuit breaker keeps tripping, and what that means for you. Continue reading
During the winter, keeping your home cozy and warm can come at a premium price. Thankfully, there are several easy ways that you can up your energy efficiency this winter, by making easy and inexpensive changes. The hardest part is starting new habits and creating a consistent routine to see the changes you want. The following tips will help you keep the chill at bay, and result in lower electric bills and energy conservation. Continue reading
As the temperatures drop and fall transitions into winter, there is nothing better than curling up next to a fire or hearing the familiar click of your furnace turning on. For many, it’s important to create a cozy and comforting environment in their home to escape the cold. Heating your home is also practical, and ensures that your pipes don’t freeze, which can cause extensive damage. Whatever your reason for heating your home, it’s critical that you do so safely. Continue reading
Finding a new home is an exciting time in your life, full of possibilities. But along with the excitement of looking for a home comes the dreaded inspections. Inspections get a bad rap because it can be frustrating to find the home of your dreams, only to learn that it has some issues. However, getting a full electrical inspection is one of the best things that you can do for your home and for the safety of you and your family. Continue reading
We usually don’t give our outlets much thought, but they are one of the most used pieces of electrical equipment in a home. Over the course of a day you’ve most likely used an outlet at least once, if not more. You may not realize, however, that electrical outlets are a common spot for electrical hazards.
Using an unsafe outlet can result in painful or deadly accidents. Electrocutions can cause pain, respiratory arrest, severe burns and nerve damage. Shorts and surges can do property damage as well, potentially causing fires or ruining appliances.
Read on to learn how to spot these problems and solve them before a tragedy occurs. Continue reading
Around 2 million Americans with homes built in 1965 – 1973 have aluminum wiring. Once seen as a cheap alternative to copper wiring, aluminum wiring is now a recognized safety hazard to your home. If you are unsure if your home has aluminum wiring or not, do not attempt to check yourself. There are many risks involved, including fatal shock. Only an experienced electrician should check your wiring. If you discover that you have aluminum wiring in your home, don’t panic. It is a very fixable problem with several solutions.
The COPALUM crimp method is a budget-friendly solution that takes away the risk of aluminum wiring without having to go through the extensive and expensive process of a complete rewiring.
To learn more about the COPALUM crimp method and to see if it might be the solution for your aluminum wiring situation, keep reading. Continue reading
When you flick a light switch, the light turns on before our eyes can even recognize it. The process itself takes a fraction of a second, but the actual process is far more complicated than meets the eye. Electrical structures like generators, power lines and substations help us to receive electricity at a moment’s notice, any time, anywhere.
You may have a substation in your community or maybe you pass one on your way to work. As you walk or drive by, you might be wondering what exactly that substation does. It definitely does something for your electricity, but what exactly?
Substations play a key role in helping your home receive a safe, consistent energy flow. For more information on how exactly these structures work, keep reading to learn more about substations and how they get electricity to your home. Continue reading
Dealing with extreme temperatures can be a challenge. You may be sweating buckets and unable to cool your home, or wrapped under six blankets hoping it gets even slightly warmer. Thankfully, we have thermal control to help us, but your home may still be uncomfortable, even with central air and heating.
That’s where ceiling fan switch can come into play. With 80 million Americans owning at least one ceiling fan in their home, they’re a common fixture. Not only can ceiling fans help cool your home, they can help move heat throughout your house as well. It all depends on the direction that the blades are spinning.
Looking for tips on heating or cooling your home using your ceiling fan? Let’s go over how the direction of your ceiling fan can help control the temperature in your home. Continue reading