How to Test Smoke Detectors

July 27, 2021

According to the CDC, thousands of patients visit the emergency room every year for carbon monoxide poisoning. In rare cases, carbon monoxide can cause death, and approximately 393 people die every year. Fatalities can be cut by more than half in homes with a functional sensor. Maintenance of the device is, therefore, crucial for your safety. In this article, we outline how to test and maintain the smoke detectors in your home. How Smoke Detectors Work Before you can test smoke detectors, it is essential to understand how they work. Such devices aim to detect fires in the shortest time...

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The Dangers of Backfeeding

July 12, 2021

Whether prepping your home for an unprecedented emergency or simply making an effort to prepare for inclement weather, having a properly installed generator will allow you to continue using your stove, your hot water heater, and your HVAC equipment during a power outage. However, when it comes to putting your generator in, you never want to wire it directly to your home circuit. Generator backfeeding is one of the worst mistakes that homeowners in Seattle, WA, can make. The following covers everything you need to know about the dangers of generator backfeeding. What Generator Backfeeding Is Homes typically rely on...

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Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

June 21, 2021

Your electric bill comes every month like clockwork, and you’ve probably noticed a sharp increase during the hottest and coldest months. While this is normal, the bill shouldn’t be far in excess of what you’d expected, and it shouldn’t continue to be high after the summer and winter months are over. When either of these occurs, you may have a problem. You can take action to lower your bill, but first, you need to discover why the bill is more expensive than anticipated. Here are some of the reasons why your electric bill might be so high. Increase in Energy...

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How Does A Home Generator Work?

June 15, 2021

Natural disasters like hurricanes, heavy storms, and earthquakes can cause a power outage, resulting in very frustrating disruptions. Luckily, a generator provides backup power in case of a blackout. It enables you to run essential equipment like the HVAC unit, medical tools, and other household appliances. If you own a generator, it’s a good idea that you understand how it functions. This way, you can notice signs of malfunctions early enough and seek help before the issue gets out of hand. A generator mainly works by converting mechanical energy into electricity. Once there is a power outage, the generator senses...

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How To Check Electrical Wiring In Your Home

May 25, 2021

Most households heavily rely on electricity for cooking, lighting, running the refrigerator, and other vital appliances. However, a wrongly installed and poorly maintained electric system can be very hazardous. It can lead to a fire outbreak that puts your house occupants and property at risk. Therefore, you should inspect your house wiring often to look for warning signs that indicate the presence of a significant problem and call a professional to fix it. Here are various ways to check for any faults in your house’s electrical wiring. 1. Look for Visibly Damaged Wiring During your routine electrical system inspection, look...

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Where To Place Electrical Outlets in New Home

May 17, 2021

Some aspects of building a new home are undoubtedly more exciting than others, but even the seemingly smallest considerations can have drastic impacts (positive or negative). One of those little details that you will be happy you took the time to plan in advance is the placement of electrical outlets in your new home. To help you decide, here is some information about where electricians commonly place electrical outlets in new homes. Residential Electrical Codes First and foremost, you need everything to fall in line with your local regulations. Every municipality puts specific requirements in place to keep homes safe...

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What Does Electrical Maintenance Include?

April 20, 2021

The easiest way to avoid costly electric breakdowns is to perform electrical maintenance. Electrical maintenance involves routine check-ups and repairs of the electrical systems in residential and commercial buildinga. The electrician does several tasks and checks several systems, which include: Review of power outlets Review of electrical connections Air conditioners Electromechanical machines Electrical board and circuit breakers Monitoring of electrical damage The electrician will go through all electrical system components in your home or business to ensure everything is working perfectly. In most cases, the maintenance is preventive; it ensures there are no breakdowns. If there are damages, the electrician...

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What Are the Most Energy Efficient Light Bulbs?

April 12, 2021

Energy-efficient bulbs are not only good for the environment, but they also help cut utility bills. Many countries are phasing out traditional incandescent lights, and it’s thus a good idea that you know the energy-efficient bulb types available in the market today. Here is an informative piece to guide you through. 1. Light Emitting Diodes Light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LED lights, are one of today’s most energy-efficient bulbs. Previously, LEDs were limited to a single bulb application in penlights, Christmas lights, or instrumental panels’ electronics. Today, there are numerous LED light uses. One main benefit of LED bulbs is...

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Does a Surge Protector Protect Against Lightning?

March 20, 2021

The average home in the Greater Seattle area has numerous electronic devices that represent a significant financial investment for those homeowners. Lightning strikes present a serious risk, and most home insurance policies do not cover appliances damaged due to lightning or another type of power surge. Many homeowners, therefore, try to protect their equipment through surge protection. But do surge protectors actually shield electronics from lightning? The answer is not a simple yes or no. What Is Surge Protection? Power surges can originate from within your home either due to some form of electrical malfunction or when turning on or...

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How Can I Prevent Electrical Fires

March 8, 2021

Electricity is everywhere in your house, from the kitchen cabinets to your bathroom walls. Electrical fires are common in residential buildings, and they account for a considerable percentage of fires annually. Unfortunately, electrical fires cause deaths, injuries, and costly property damages. Electrical fires are more common in homes that were constructed several decades ago because of outdated electrical wiring systems. However, newer homes are not immune to electrical fires. The good news is that you can prevent electrical fires at home by taking preventative measures. Read through to learn ways to prevent electrical fires and keep your home safe. Some...

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