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
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
You’re proud of your child’s natural curiosity, but it can be nerve-wracking – especially when hazards like electrical outlets and gadgets are around every corner.
May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means this is the perfect time to assess your child’s risk for electrical injury. We’ve compiled a few key electrical safety tips for kids to make that process even easier. Continue reading
A power surge can strike at any time or place. It only takes one bolt of lighting or a click of your air conditioner to cause irreversible damages to some of the items that matter to you most.
With 60-80% of power surges starting from an internal source in your home or business, it’s very possible to prevent this damage from occurring. From surge protectors in your outlets to surge protecting your whole home, there’s several ways to keep your electronics safe.
Looking to learn more about power surges? Keep reading to find out how power surges start, and what you can do to stop them in their tracks. Continue reading
You’re going about your day and walking around your house when suddenly it goes pitch black. The clock on your microwave fades away and your TV turns off with a faint click. What gives?
You’ve likely just experienced a power outage. This could be caused by anything from a voltage issue, weather conditions or an animal biting through your power lines. Once it’s happened, what are you supposed to do until it gets fixed?
There’s no need to panic during a power outage. We’ve created a guide so that you’re prepared the next time the lights go out at your home. Continue reading
Stay away from power lines. Don’t go swimming during a thunderstorm. And don’t use electrical appliances in the bathtub.
These are just a few of the electrical safety rules we should be teaching our kids.
But what about very young children who don’t yet comprehend why electricity can be dangerous?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded 5,500 emergency room visits in the United States in 2015 that were caused by electrical outlets. Children were more likely to be injured compared with share of population.
- Kids under 5 make up 6% of US population but accounted for 27% of those injured.
- Kids 5-17 comprised 29% of those injured by electrical outlets, double their share of the population.
Some parents install plastic outlet covers hoping to keep curious little fingers out of harm’s way. But are you using the right ones? Let’s talk about some of the drawbacks of traditional plastic covers and the advantages of more recent tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs. Continue reading
Consumer Reports has warned that the average electric bill could go up as much as 20% this winter.
With the NOAA predicting colder temperatures and the cost of heating fuel on the rise, how can you stay warm and save on energy bills?
Here are three simple tips to keep Old Man Winter from taking too big a bite out of your energy budget. Continue reading
If you enjoy living in an old house and using 21st Century technology, you’ve got to make sure that old house wiring can handle the load.
Rewiring a house can have many benefits.
- It enables your home electrical system to handle heating and cooling, doing the laundry, cooking on the stove and staying connected on all those high tech gadgets.
- It boosts the energy efficiency of your system — which is great for your budget and the environment.
- It makes your home safer by reducing the risk of electric shock and fire.
Keep reading for five tips on successfully rewiring your house. Continue reading