Maybe you didn’t sign up to make your lives complicated. That’s the reason you designed your homes to be as comfortable as possible.
You want your family to experience the most comfortable and safest atmosphere while being in your homes. However, as easy as you want things to be, there are still matters that you ought to know regarding your homes. These are crucial in maintaining your homes in the best state possible.
Some knowledge with your electrical systems is especially crucial in keeping your home free from danger and possible damage. Know more about the state of your electrical systems.
These are 10 basic electrical facts in your home you should know about.
There are three types of wirings in your homes
The electrical system in your homes will have three kinds of wiring: live wire, a neutral wire and earth wire. They are often classified into different colours. Your electrical systems should have those as per your local area regulations.
Never overload your electrical outlets
Overloading your electrical sockets is a sure way of causing accidents and damage. Overheating and electric shocks can happen because of these overloads. Don’t overload your outlets. Take out plugs of devices that don’t need electricity.
Electrical devices and sources should never be near liquids
Any liquid is a good conductor of electricity. This is highly dangerous for everyone around. Keep your devices away from liquids and more importantly, always wipe your hands dry before pulling out a plug.
Always turn off the power before working on electrical aspects
Before getting an electrical job done, your power sources should be off. Working with live electricity around is dangerous not only to the one who’s working but for everybody inside the house. Turning off power also ensures that there’s less damage to devices in case some things go wrong.
There’s a disconnect switch near electric meters
One of the most common things you might be familiar with in your electrical system is your electric meters. There should be a disconnect switch near your electric meter you can access in case of calamities like floods and fires. With this, you don’t have to go back inside the house to take care of turning off the electricity.
Electrical outlets in potentially wet areas should have GFCI
Wet areas in your homes like laundry rooms, kitchens or comfort rooms, should have an additional GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) for extra protection. These should be near your electric sockets. Even then, practise extra caution with electricity in wet areas.
Light bulbs use up more energy as heat more than light
Choosing the right light bulb is essential for your homes. Light bulbs take in electricity to produce more heat than to produce light. Choose the light bulbs that conserve more energy and lose less power to give out as heat. This can lessen your electric consumptions.
Electrical malfunctions are one of the most common causes of fires
Thousands of homes burn down annually because of some sort of electrical malfunction. May it be a loose wire or a case of overheating, electricity is a very intense source of energy and as such, they should be always be handled with an extra layer of precaution.
Airconditioning and heating systems use the most energy on average
In households, the airconditioning and heating devices use the most energy to function. As such, limiting your usage will spell a significant change in your electric bills. The next time, you might want to find alternate devices to cool down and heat up your home.
Always consult your electrician
Electrical matters are best left to electrical experts who know more about your electrical systems. Though there might be things you can do by yourself, your electrician know more about the safety and precaution than anybody else. Trust them to safely attend your concerns for you.
Here at Hills District Electricians, we work to make your homes have the best condition where electrical systems are concerned. We work with you and we know a lot about your electrical systems, giving you the best inputs and ideas to make your homes the most optimal that it can be.