It can be disturbing to realize that your electrical outlets are heating up. Many home fires are reported to be caused by overheated or shorted outlets and appliances. In fact, according to United States Fire Association (USFA), electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans and injure 2,305 more each year. [...]
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There are a lot of potential electrical issues that you may face in your home, office, or elsewhere. If you’ve never encountered them before, you may not know how to respond when they appear, but this could mean safety issues if left unattended to. For example, if your outlets are producing sparks, do you know [...]
Perfect lighting in a home setting can be a constant struggle. But did you know that adding dimmer switches to your light fixtures can allow you to increase or decrease the amount of light in a room? A dimmer light switch restricts the current flowing to a light bulb resulting in a low lighting range. [...]
There is a lot of power in use this time of year, which is fairly obvious. Holiday lights (inside, outside, on the walls, on the tree) and increased kitchen usage are just two big reasons why holiday electrical use is much higher than other times of year. There’s a lot going on in these few [...]
Everyone knows the “winter blues,” that time of year when the skies are gray and the leaves are falling. For many, it’s a time to sit by a fire and enjoy the coziness of early nights and chilly days. For those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, however, winter blues are a real thing and a [...]
In late 2017 moving into 2018, there’s no question that LED light bulbs are the modern standard, and that they aren’t going away anytime soon. Though bulb and lighting technology have developed over time, have changed dramatically in the past hundred years, LEDs have the kinds of benefits that set the bar for all other [...]
Sometimes referred to as the energy assessment, an energy audit can assist in finding out the areas that consume much of your heating budget. It shows how a home utilizes its energy, including areas where it could be wasted at, to enable homeowners to make informed upgrades. The energy audits tests can include a thermographic [...]
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means that the annual holiday lights-related fire risks are also going to be relevant again. Make sure that you have a fire safety plan for your family and home in case the tree lights or other electronics malfunction. […]
The holiday seasons should be a time of joy and family enrichment – not a time for urgent visits to the hospital emergency room. Unfortunately, for some families, the hazards of setting up holiday decorations, particularly holiday lighting, can lead to injuries and accidents that put a damper on the festive season. There are a [...]
If you have a device that is showing signs of problems, then you may think that the potential damage will be limited to the one, malfunctioning item. However, defective electronics have the potential to then damage other devices and possibly cause serious hazards, so keep this in mind before you wait too long to fix [...]