Your home might be packed with power-saving appliances, a protective fuse box and high-tech home options, but is it safe? Dangerous situations can appear within minutes, and an unprotected home is at risk. Here at Harrison Electric, we care about your family’s safety. We’re weighing in on today’s leading electrical dangers, helping your home stay safe, operational and fully powered.
If you’re living in an older home, you’re probably making a few upgrades. Aged homes frequently have fuse panels—which are a little outdated. If you’re reinventing your house’s amenities, utility tools and electrical capabilities, consider swapping out a fuse box for circuit breakers. If you’re worried about the transition, read the following:
Before hiring an electrician, check your home’s lighting stats. If you’re reading a high utility bill, burning through money and have high energy needs—fear not. You can save expenses with these lighting tips.
Power failures are frustrating and difficult in ways people don't always understand. Being used to having a steady power source, you don't always think of the full effects of a power outage. If the power outage is short, it can be fun to have a cookout on a grill and a family dinner by candlelight. The TV doesn't work, so you might find a movie to watch on your computer, until you realize you don't have enough battery life and there is no way to recharge it. You want to call the power company to find out what is going on, but they put you on hold and again, there's no way to charge your phone battery. You might decide to go out to eat or even stay with friends, but you, your spouse, and your children need to bathe first and there's no hot water.
Many people enjoy a fun or interesting hobby as an enhancement to daily life. Some hobby activities don't require much space while others need gear and perhaps a designated area to be performed. Collections, by their nature, need plenty of space for display and enjoyment, while conducting artwork needs specialty tools and storage space for them. Whatever your favorite hobby might be, if you've ever considered making a designated room for it there are a few things to plan ahead for.
Whether brand new or relatively new, if you buy a home which is completely built you probably don't need to hire an electrician to move in although you may need a few customization made to allow for the needs of your family. If you buy a house as the contractor is finishing it with time to allow for your input on final details, he probably already has an electrician lined up for the job. If you build a house yourself, or hire a contractor to build your plans on your lot, you'll have more input toward the project and may decide to hire your own electrical contractor rather than using the one recommended by the general building contractor.
When contracting an electrical contractor, it’s a good idea to prepare the home front. You shouldn’t dive into a remodeling project without considering safety, home design and—of course—your electrical system’s integrity. Whether you’re dealing with a power outage, lighting damages or even surge damages, your electrician can help. That said, they’ll need a leg up when navigating your home. To prep for an electrician visit, do the following things:
Your home’s service panel may seem overwhelming, but it can easily be upgraded if you contact the right provider. As with most electrical components, your home’s service panel needn’t require intensive insight to repair, upgrade or swap out. That said, you should still know what you’re aiming for.
Electricity is a modern marvel that most people don't really put much thought into -- unless it isn't working properly. You flip a switch, twist a knob or insert a plug into an outlet, and -- presto! -- the room is lit up, your television springs to life or your phone is charging. As wonderful as electricity is, it can also be dangerous. The following safety tips are ones that you should always keep in mind to stay safe from the inherent dangers of electricity.
Do you find yourself reaching for the traditional incandescent light bulbs you grew up with every time you need to change one? The next time you do, stop and think about these reasons why you should start replacing every light bulb in your home with LEDs.