These days, we all have electricity in our homes, and this has made our lives much more livable in the 21st century. Electricity is, however, scary and confusing to many of us. Since most homeowners don’t want anything to do with electrical work, I wanted to provide you with some tips for maintaining home electricity so you can understand what goes on inside the walls of your house.
Climate control is one of the main advantages of having power in our homes these days. To maximize the efficiency of your A/C unit, always remember to replace your filters once a month.
Try using something like when the power bill arrives to be your reminder to do this. This will allow your A/C to run at maximum efficiency.
Some older homes do not have GFCI outlets in areas prone to water exposure, such as kitchen and bathrooms. Any outlet on the exterior of your home or in your kitchen or bath should be protected by a GFCI outlet, which will interrupt the power supply in case of a short.
If your home does not have these outlets, do not panic, as it is a relatively inexpensive repair.
Know where your home’s electrical panel is and keep it locked. Sometimes breakers trip in your home for various reasons and all you have to do is reset the breaker. If you do not know where your home’s electrical panel is, consult an electrician, handyman or general contractor for help in locating it.
Keep it locked to protect yourself from strangers turning off your power as a prank. It does happen and can be very scary.
Finally, it is also very important to have smoke detectors in your home. Current building codes in Arizona require that every bedroom in your home must have a smoke detector plus additional detectors throughout your house. These are required to be hard wired; in other words, they must be hooked up to your home’s power supply.
Thousands of lives are saved every year by smoke detectors and no home should be without them. If you do not have smoke detectors and cannot afford to buy them, contact your local fire department, as many of them have programs through which you can obtain them at no cost to you.
We’re offering these tips for maintaining home electricity to help you understand and utilize your home’s electrical system. As always, call Rictor Contracting, (623) 842-5413, if you need assistance with these or any of your home’s many issues.