Most homeowners in Minnesota rarely think about residential city and state building codes. They’re usually faced with this reality, however, when trying to sell a home or when a disaster such as a fire occurs. Harrison Electric is a certified and Minnesota-licensed electrical contractor that has the training and knowledge to help you bring your home up to code and keep you from incurring stiff fines or, worse, suffering from a fire or other disaster. Below is a summary of how we can help you ensure that your home is code-compliant.
Electricity is an odd medium to work with, and you can trust experienced electricians have seen electricity do strange things at times. However, when contained to a professional coded system, electricity behaves as expected and, quite frankly, powers the nation. Outside of inventions and creative uses of electric power, there is a standardized, safe means of using electricity according to code, and such systems do require occasional maintenance, repairs, and upgrades in order to continue to function as a safe and useful aspect of your home.
Older homes often come with a certain charm that makes one feel as if they are taken back in time to a simpler life. Many people dream to live in an older home, but they often don’t think of the work that may have to go into acquiring one. Many older homes may need upgrades to meet today's building codes and may need to be updated to meet today's standards of lifestyle and electric compatibility with modern electronic devices. Check out a few of the items you may need to think about before purchasing an older home!
The first thing you need to know about electrical code compliance for your home is that you should never work on your house’s electrical system. Government agencies ranging from your local authorities all the way to state officials urge homeowners to hire professional to do the work. State licensed and state-certified electricians should perform all installations, repairs or system replacements for all components on the property.
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 Aged homes frequently have fuse panels—which are a little outdated.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:
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.
All households are trying to remain warm during the colder months. As such, the likelihood of experiencing a house fire increases during the winter. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of having a house fire by following the following safety strategies.
With the holiday season approaching, some people get really excited to celebrate the time of year. For some people, this includes decorations and lighting appropriate for the specific holidays they celebrate, for religious reasons or otherwise. Once the lighting has been set up and is functioning properly, it can be a beautiful display. Setting the lighting up will be fun, but in some cases can pose challenges and require creative solutions.
Holidays are a known time for seeing friends and family, some of whom you may not be able to see often throughout the rest of the year. A hobby some people love during the holidays is to add decorative lighting to add a warm welcoming appeal to their homes. Whether your lighting is serious and somber to show your religious beliefs or fun and playful to reflect your personality, there are a few things to be aware of with the extra power draw your decorations put on your house.
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