Get Help From An Electrician Immediately If You Spot These Problems

Electrical problems are surprisingly prevalent across the country. As much as 45,210 home structure fires due to an electrical failure or malfunction occurred in the U.S. from 2010 to 2014. These fires lead to an annual average of 1,370 civilian injuries. Some victims managed to recover from their injuries in just a few weeks, but others were not so lucky.

The consequences of improper home electrical maintenance are real. It’s best to take a more proactive approach by getting your electrical system checked by professionals regularly in order to avoid them. Here are some signs that indicate you need to call an electrician to your home as soon as possible.

Flickering Lights

Have you noticed a slight flicker of the lights as you switch on an appliance? This may indicate an overloaded electrical circuit. What this means is there’s not enough power to supply both the lights and the appliance in a single electrical circuit. Overloading happens when certain appliances draw too much current. To solve this, they will need to have its own power supply circuit. Read more from this article: http://bit.ly/2twWOA6

How Your Electrician Chooses the Right Type of Wiring for Your Home

The electrical system in your home is made up of more than just one type of wire—it’s a complex system with many different parts, all professionally manufactured to deliver electricity to your electrical appliances and devices in the safest way possible. If you’ve ever attempted to shop for electrical wire, you may have noticed that there are so many types to choose from. Here are some of the terms you may have encountered when you went shopping. Knowing what these terms mean is necessary to a safe and effective wire choice.

Wire gauge – refers to the actual size of the wire. It dictates the wire’s ampacity, or the amount of current that can pass through the wire safely. Common wire gauge sizes suitable for homes include 14-, 12-, 10-, 8-, 6-, and 2-gauge wires. Continue reading “How Your Electrician Chooses the Right Type of Wiring for Your Home”

Aging at Home: Hire an Electrician to Make Your Home Elderly Friendly

If you’re happy with your home, you’ll likely want to stay there for the rest of your life. However, many of your home’s features today may not have the same level of usefulness as you age. For instance, that round doorknob may be harder to turn if your muscles are no longer as strong as they are now.

In terms of your home electrical system, you need to take measures to ensure they’re elderly friendly. If you already have senior people living at home with you, it makes sense to implement these measures as early as possible.

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How Do Professional Electricians Carry Out Electrical Inspections?

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), electrical systems account for 51,000 residential fires each year, which results in $1.3 billion in property damage, over 1,400 in injuries, and almost 500 untimely deaths. A regular electrical home safety inspection performed by a licensed electrician can help keep your home and family safe from electrical fires. With a regular electrical system inspection, defective wiring system can be identified, and electrical fires can be prevented.

Want to know how electricians conduct electrical home safety inspections to ensure they are done properly? They do so by following these two basic steps.

Electricians follow codes and standards from National Fire Protection Association

Licensed electricians are well-versed in the National Fire Protection Association’s National Electrical Code and its specifications. As the benchmark for the installation and inspection of electrical circuits, meeting the requirements of the code means peace of mind for you, the homeowner. Areas that are covered by inspection include circuitry, equipment, electrical services, AFCI, GFCI, grounding, wiring methods, etc.

They get permits for the work required on a home’s system

All homeowners who are having a regulated electrical work done in their homes are required to obtain a permit before they begin. A permit is generally necessary for the following:

  • Installation or alteration of any permanent electrical wiring or device
  • Installation of additional wiring, electrical outlet, light fixture, and receptacle for garage-door opener
  • Conversion of a fuse box to circuit breaker

 

When you have the necessary permit for any of these jobs, a thorough inspection by a home inspector follows when the electrician declares that the task is done, so by having the permits, you ensure that the task is done right.

Sources:

Home Electrical Fires, esfi.org

SAFETY IS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR ELECTRICIANS AND THE SYSTEMS THEY INSTALL, caylorindustrial.com

Let a Trusted Electrician Install a GFCI Outlet for Your Home’s Safety

You might think that your home is already safe, but you can always make it safer. For the areas at home that come in contact with water, like the kitchen or the bathroom, installing a traditional outlet isn’t enough. Promote safety from electric shock by installing a ground fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, which is specifically designed for use in homes.

What It Does

Outlets are always at risk of a “ground fault”, which happens when there is a conducting connection between any electric conductor and any conducting material, whether intentional or accidental. This is where the GFCI comes in: once it senses a disturbance in current, it immediately breaks the electrical circuit and shuts off the energy flow.

Though GFCI outlets are preferred mostly because of their faster reaction, these also help in reducing the risk of electrical fires and damage to electrical appliances. It even provides additional protection when it shares a circuit with other traditional outlets.

Checking the GFCI

Though preferred by most homeowners, many of them fail to check their GFCIs regularly. Like most electrical devices, GFCIs are susceptible to wear and tear. That’s why electrical experts recommend that GFCIs should be tested monthly to confirm that these are working properly. To test its functionality, simply push the “test” button and see if the reset button pops out and the appliance shuts off.

Installing a GFCI

The receptacle-type GFCI outlet is the one most homeowners are most familiar with, though there are other options available. Installing one into your home is never a DIY project, as it may cause serious injuries if done improperly. That’s why you should always entrust this job to a licensed electrician.

Sources:
What is a GFCI Outlet?, Angie’s List
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs), SafeElectricity.org

Electrician Tips: How to Keep Your House Cooler with Ceiling Fans

In the heat of summer, you naturally want to keep your home interior as cool as possible. But operating the air conditioner on ‘max’ leads to very expensive electric bills, so you need to complement your AC use with other cooling measures to keep your bills from spiraling out of control. One of the best ways to do so is to have a ceiling fan. With a ceiling fan circulating the cold air in your home, you can keep your AC at low settings, allowing you to keep cool while saving a lot of money over time.

Of course you can earn even more savings by doing some careful planning with your ceiling fan use. Here are some tips and tricks you can try:

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