Stop Power Outages in Their Tracks
Home generators are becoming more and more popular. They can provide your home with a constant source of energy when destructive storms or overuse threaten your traditional means of power. When looking for a home generator:
- Determine your emergency energy needs. Most people who buy a home generator want to power their refrigerator, lights for a few rooms, furnace, water heater, air conditioner, home security system and medical equipment. Unless you have a large house with greater-than-usual heating or cooling needs, an eight kilowatt generator should do the job.
- Pick a generator that runs on appropriate fuel. Home generators typically use natural gas, propane, gasoline or diesel fuel. So consider what fuels are sold in your area and which fit your budget. If available, natural gas is the most economical. Propane is the second cheapest option. If neither is easy to get, choose diesel or gasoline.
When Should You Call an Electrician?
Based on the plans you’ve envisioned or the problems you’re experiencing, there are any number of reasons to call an electrician.
- Home improvement plans
- Frequently blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers
- Dimming, flickering or flashes of light
- Non-functioning electrical mechanisms
- Tingling feeling when touching electrical appliances
- Discolored or warm outlets
- Sparks or flames coming from an outlet, device or fixture
- Burning smell
In any of these, your electrical system is sending signals that trouble could be afoot. Remember, if you need us, just let us know.
Is Your Home Feeling A Little Overloaded?
From televisions and laptops, to toasters and cell phone chargers, the things that make our lives more convenient can also be adding more stress to electrical systems, especially since convenience often requires adding an extension cord here or a power strip there.
What may start as a convenience may actually be putting your family in danger.
Practice cord safety to keep your home from getting overloaded:
- As soon as you’re finished with the appliance, unplug the extension cord.
- Always check electrical cords for wear and tear.
- Don’t overload plugs
- Be conscious of where you’re placing cords.