Electricity is what has made modern living possible. We have access to “smart” devices to make living our lives more convenient than ever. We can remotely adjust our HVAC systems, turn our lighting on and off, lock the doors, etc. However, the use of electricity can come with hazards, if you don’t take the proper precautions. So, what are these precautions? Read on to find out!
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Let’s start by making one thing clear–there is nothing wrong with a portable generator. In fact, portable generators are the perfect solution in many situations. For instance, if you’re going on a campout and want to power up an electric grill–or you’re glamping and want to watch TV (hey, we aren’t here to judge!)
But the thing about a portable system is that why it’s great in many scenarios, the one situation where it’s not the right choice is if you want to power your entire home during a widespread power outage. In this case, you’ll need a whole-home automatic standby generator.
This system allows you to power up all the important components of your household, from your water heater and refrigerator to your HVAC systems and even your electronic devices and medical equipment if needed. Read on as we uncover 4 main benefits of investing in a whole-home generator.
Each and every year, thousands of people die or are injured by unintentional CO (carbon monoxide) exposure or house fires. It’s a harsh statistic, but one that amplifies the importance of having properly installed smoke and CO detectors in your home. In fact, it’s the law that homes have these two devices in them when you move in, and illegal to tamper with these devices in most jurisdictions too.
Of course, you probably have them both up in your home, and your batteries are likely fresh (are you changing them every 6 months?) But what if there was an extra precautionary step you could take?
Well, there is! You can have your CO and smoke detectors hardwired into your electrical system. Read on as we uncover not only the importance of these systems, but also why you should consider hardwiring yours.
When summer temperatures are at their peak, there is only so much you can do to keep your house as cool as possible. You can keep your air conditioner well-maintained, keep the blinds on south-facing windows closed during the day, make sure you’re well equipped with the right indoor air quality products, and invest in a solar attic fan!
Wait, what’s that? You haven’t heard of a solar attic fan?
Let us be the first to bring this efficient and helpful piece of equipment to your attention. Not sure how it helps? Well, consider this scenario—the sun has been beating down on your roof for hours, and no matter how low you turn the thermostat down, it doesn’t seem to help. Not only that, but since you have the thermostat set so low, the AC just continues to run, draining your energy and causing your bills to rise. Fortunately, investing in a solar attic fan can help!
Ceiling fans are often talked about this time of year—and we’ll get to why we’re talking about them now later in this post—but something that a lot of homeowners don’t really realize is that celing fans do not actually cool the air in the room where they’re running.
In the summertime, individuals often leave their ceiling fans on all day, only to find that the room they come home to isn’t any cooler than it was when they left. It may feel less stuffy than other parts of the home, but this feeling can be achieved within 5 minutes of turning on the fan, versus leaving it on all day long.
You may be wondering about a couple things by this point:
- Is there a point to using your ceiling fans?
- Really, why are we talking about this in the wintertime?
Electricity is one of those home comforts that is pretty easy for any of us to take for granted nowadays. After all, we’ve had it available to us in our households throughout our entire lives—it’s always there! But… taking things for granted often means we can forget about the dangers involved if we don’t properly care for them. And electricity can certainly pose such a danger.
Keep reading as we dive into some of the warning signs that you might notice if your electrical wiring is in trouble. These warning signs are not all indicative of an emergency situation by any means, but any resolutions with any type of electrical system problem should always be addressed swiftly.
The holiday season is just about here, and if you’re like many homeowners in our area, you might be decorating your household, inside and out. Many times, this includes putting holiday lights up and around your home.
One of the most common calls our electricians get this time of the year is in regards to certain outlets not working throughout the property. This might include bathroom outlets, garage outlets, and outdoor outlets. And those holiday lights might be to blame! What happens is that they trip the GFCI outlet or circuit breaker.
If there is one system we take for granted the most in our homes these days, it’s probably the electrical system. After all, we’ve had it available throughout our lives—for decades. It’s just always there and we’ve come to expect it. This is a great thing, however, it can lead homeowners to neglect the potential hazards involved with electricity, particularly if they need rewiring.
So, today we want to discuss some of the warning signs that indicate you may have an issue with your electrical wiring. Not all of these are indicative of an emergency situation, but they can certainly become an emergency if ignored for too long. Compromised wiring leads to electrocution risk as well as fire risk—both of which we’d like to help you avoid at all costs.
Of all the possible issues that can negatively impact your home, electrical problems are probably the most dangerous. While a plumbing problem can inflict a significant amount of water damage and an HVAC issue can leave you uncomfortable for a while, an unchecked electrical problem can result in electrocution or fire. Therefore, it’s essential that you have your wiring checked at least once every few years—without this inspection you’re substantially increasing the likelihood that a problem will occur.
Even with routine maintenance, however, there’s still a chance that electrical problems could happen, especially if you have an older home. We’re sharing this information with you now so that you’ll be familiar with some of the telltale signs of an electrical problem. If you notice any of these indicators, please contact a professional electrician right away.
When you hear the term “solar,” chances are that you envision a group of solar panels covering your roof in order to power the electrical appliances and equipment in your home. You aren’t wrong. However, that type of installation is not needed for a solar attic fan, which is a small, standalone rooftop ventilation device that is powered by the sun. Similar to other attic fans, they help cool your attic in the summer, and also help in the winter by alleviating condensation issues.
One of the most important things to remember is that as with any other important electrical addition or system, you should only rely on professional electricians in Smyrna, TN for the installation and service of that system, versus trusting the job to amateurs. There are a number of benefits to doing so, including: