When it comes to jotting down a list of things that you should make sure receive proper maintenance around your home, if you’re like a lot of homeowners, there’s a pretty good chance that electricity isn’t on your list. But the reality is that without electricity, none of us would be able to use our appliances, enjoy our entertainment system, or take advantage of so many of the other things that this particular energy source provides.
So if you are interested in knowing some helpful electricity home maintenance tips, here are five of the most common:
Add some additional power points. Appliances are a lot more powerful than they used to be. That’s why it’s always a good idea to add some additional power points throughout your home. That makes it possible for you to plug a variety of appliances into all kinds of outlets in the different rooms of your house without having to worry about sending too much power through one of your outlets.
Be careful when replacing fuses. If you go to turn on your ceiling fan or your washer and dryer and they don’t cut on, it could be because a fuse has gone out. Luckily, blown fuses are cheap, quick, and easy to repair. Just make sure that before you check your fuse box or change a fuse that you turn everything off first.
Label your safeguards. When it comes to the safeguards that are inside of your home, it’s a good idea to label all of them. First, write the purpose of each circuit breaker and fuse. Secondly, label your disconnecting circuit breakers and switches. Finally, don’t forget to also cover your unused electrical outlets. Doing that can prevent you from having some kind of electrical problem in the future.
Pay attention to temporary wiring. If you were to speak with a professional electrician about what one of the main causes for electrical repair is, there’s a pretty good chance that one of the things they are going to mention are issues related to temporary wiring. That’s because a lot of homeowners are not aware of how to properly use it. You can avoid making this same mistake by not substituting temporary wiring for repairing the building’s wiring; not routing it across floors and walls; using this kind of wiring for maintenance and repairs and only using temporary wiring for holiday decorating for 90 days or less.
Know the basics about extension cords. If the cords that are attached to your appliances are not long enough, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve invested in a few extension cords. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to them as well: Make sure that you don’t use them for things like broken connectors or damaged insulation; make sure to use cords that complement the kinds of electricity voltages that you need (it will say on the packaging) and also don’t use damaged or coiled extension cords. One more thing: When it comes to power strips, look for the kind that are surge protected – they’re much safer. For more information on extension cords or power strips, speak with a customer service associate at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.