Electric Blanket Safety

Cooler weather is here! You can enjoy warm sweaters, fuzzy socks and  . . . your electric blanket. But, is it safe to use?  Follow these simple electric blanket safety “dos and don’ts” to ensure you don’t create an unsafe situation in your home.

Electric Blanket Safety: DO!

  • Select an electric blanket that follows the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards. They have been testing products and establishing standards for more than 100 years.
  • Place the blanket over you, not under you, so you do not damage the blanket’s internal coils. Keep items away from the blanket that confine heat to escape such as books, technology and stuffed animals.
  • Lay the heated area of the electric blanket flat instead of folding or balling it up so the heat doesn’t become too hot.
  • Keep pets off electric blankets, especially while on. A sharp claw or animal’s tooth could puncture the cord insulation or damage the wires.
  • Only loosely wrap the control cords around the blanket when preparing for storage.
  • Immediately turn off and unplug the blanket if you see smoke or smell something burning. Notice any blanket discoloration which could indicate melting or burning inside elements.
  • Keep the electric blanket turned off when no one is using it. Most models have no temperature control, so they will not automatically turn off if they overheat.
  • Call the manufacturer with any questions – especially if your blanket starts operating improperly. Examples include: one area of the blanket becomes overheated, or you see a burn mark on the blanket. If you can’t resolve the problem, discontinue using the blanket.

Image of a folded electric blanket

Electric Blanket Safety: DON’T!

  • Don’t use electric blankets on babies or young children, people with disabilities, or anyone who cannot operate the blanket’s heating controls independently.
  • Don’t use an electric blanket all night unless it is designed for safe overnight use.
  • Don’t run the power cord under the mattress when using the electric blanket in bed. It could damage or heat up the cord so hot that it causes a fire.
  • Don’t twist or bend the control cords since this could damage them. This also means you shouldn’t use electric blankets with adjustable hospital beds or sofa sleepers where the cords could become pinched in the bed-folding mechanisms.
  • Don’t use an electric blanket if you are sleeping on a waterbed.
  • Don’t combine an electric blanket and a heated mattress pad. Using them together could cause overheating and start a fire.
  • Don’t wash an electric blanket. The motions of the washing machine will most likely cause damage to the internal coils.
  • Don’t iron the blanket because it could melt the cord insulation.
  • Don’t send out your electric blanket for dry cleaning. Solvents used in the dry cleaning process could damage the cord insulation.

This may seem like using an electric blanket comes more rules than they are worth, but most of them are fairly common sense. If you use your electric blanket safely you’ll enjoy the added warmth and coziness they bring during a cold winter.

If you have concerns about electrical safety in your home, then call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.

Exterior Lighting: A Quick Guide

Exterior lighting should make your home appear inviting and warm while complementing your existing décor. Slight changes in the amount of illumination, color and style, size, and mounting height can create a welcoming glow for your home. Does your back porch appear dark? Is your front entryway dull and uninviting? Spruce up your space with some updated exterior lighting!

Here’s what to consider and how to pick out the exterior lighting fixtures that will enhance your space.

1.       Illumination

The end goal of exterior lighting is to brighten a space without being overbearing – side yards, garages or driveways could use a brighter bulb or utility type fixture while the front door, porch, and back deck can often rely on smaller fixtures and softer, dimmer lighting. Since these are outdoor lighting fixtures, opting for longer-lasting LED bulbs is usually recommended.

2.       Color and Style

The color and size of your fixtures and lighting should coordinate with your existing style scheme to help improve the aesthetic. If you have brass fixtures or doorknobs use those elements with your light fixtures. If you have silver or platinum, coordinate that in your lighting scheme to create a more completed look.

3.       Size

Image of two exterior light fixtures on the front of a home

You want to strike a balance between a light that illuminates a good amount of space with a fixture arrangement that doesn’t dominate the entire exterior façade. A light that is too large can appear clunky and shrink the look of your house. Size choice may vary depending on the location. For instance, a side yard or driveway may need a larger light, whereas the lights at your front door should be smaller and ornate. A good rule of thumb for entryway fixtures, is to select a fixture that is approximately one-third or one-fourth the height of the front door.

4.       Mounting Height

The placement of a lighting fixture is also imperative. For most wall-mounted applications you want to display lights that are approximately eye-level. This is about 66 to 72 inches above the floor for most entries, front doors and garage-mounted lights.

Where to Display Outdoor Lights

In addition to the height, proper placement will create being the look together. Entryways and front doors should have two sconces or fixtures on each side. Covered deck lighting is dependent upon the size of the space. If possible, use larger fixtures like outdoor chandeliers to create a chic look if the space allows. Placement for a garage depends on the size and number of stalls. A one-car garage may only need a single fixture near the walkway, or a fixture on flanking both sides of the garage door. A two-car garage with two separate doors may look better with three lights – the left, center column, and right side of the garage front.

How to Choose Outdoor Lighting Fixtures for Your Home

In addition to all these considerations the type of light used can make or break your outside lighting goals.

Here are a few lighting types and some advice on when and where to use them:

  • Post lights: These are standalone, stately fixtures that can be used for illuminating walkways or marking a yard perimeter.
  • Outdoor wall sconces: These work well to flank the front door or light a side entry.
  • Outdoor chandelier: Light up an area by adding an element of elegance. These larger, more ornate fixtures could be used in a covered deck that has room to spare.
  • Outdoor table lamp: Best for patios or back porches, these lights can be moved, dimmed and changed out to create the perfect mood.

Adding to or updating your exterior lighting can go a long way toward enhancing your outdoor spaces. Decorating with matching fixtures outdoors will complement your home and create a welcoming glow to your yard.

For professional assistance from a licensed electrician, contact Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical at 336.283.8485.

Color Temperature In Your Home

There are so many options for lighting that it can seem like a challenging task when you’re trying to make decisions for your home. Do you need lighting that is cool, neutral, warm, or changeable? It depends on how and where you’re using them, what kind of look and feel you’re trying to create and personal preference. First, consider the color temperature scale.

What is Color Temperature?

You’ll find that most LED lighting products are offered in a variety of color temperatures – they vary hues of white. Correlated color temperature, or ‘CCT’ is a term you’ll see used to describe how warm (yellow) or cool (blue) the color of light in an LED bulb or fixture appears. It works like the sun, and is easiest to explain that way.

As the day progresses, the sun changes color. Midday might be 6000K (Kelvin), or very bright bluish-white. Sunset may be 3000K with an amber light. Usually, Kelvin temperatures for residential lighting are between 2500K and 5000K.

Here’s another way to look at it:

“Warm” light = anything 3000K or lower.

“Cool” light = 4000K or above.

“Neutral” looks cool or warm depending on surrounding furnishings and other lighting close by.

Some task lighting like in a basement workshop or home office can often be useful at 4000K and above.

And of course, the choice is ultimately up to you!

Kelvin temperature can also help you decide which fixture is right in a room:

Warm light, ambient lighting = 2200-2700K.

Soft white light = 3000-3500K.

Bright white light (for kitchens, offices, workspaces and vanities) = 4500K.

Other things to consider

Look at the colors of your ceiling, walls and floor. If your home has mostly cool colors like blacks, greys, blues, greens, and crisp whites the best choice is a cool LED color temperature such as 3000K or 3500K.

If your home has mostly natural materials like hardwood floors, wood cabinets and furniture, and colors like browns, reds, and oranges then warmer white LEDs is the best choice.

Temperature Recommendations by Space

Typically, lighting works best in certain rooms for which they are used.

  • Create an inviting living room to relax in and for entertaining. Using a dimmer sets the right atmosphere for TV watching and movie nights. Suggested color temperature: 2700-3000K
  • Lighting that’s a balance between being inviting, and bright enough to see what you’re eating is what you want in the dining room. Installing a dimmer helps adjust to the perfect mood. Suggested color temperature: 2700K – 3000K
  • Bedrooms are the most intimate space in your home. Keeping lights low and warm allows you to relax and rest. Suggested color temperature: 2700-3000K
  • Bathrooms are cooler and brighter so they are functional for routines like applying makeup and shaving. A more soothing environment can be achieved with a dimmer. Suggested color temperature: 3000-4000K
  • Bright light in the kitchen is ideal for prepping food and reading recipes. But kitchens are so versatile, so the color temperature can vary. Decide what’s best based on your decor and any other lighting being used nearby. A fail-proof ‘neutral’ 3000K white will look great no matter what. Suggested color temperature: 2700-4000K
  • You’ll need bright, task-oriented lighting in  the office or garage. Suggested color temperature: 3000-5000K

Ideally, our lighting would change throughout the day, just like the sun. We can try to emulate this process with LED “tunable” fixtures and using dimmers whenever possible. Dimming can transform a space and give you more functionality. It will also save energy and extend the life of your light bulbs.

If you need professional assistance while on your color temperature journey, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.

Electrical Upgrades to Help Sell Your House

If you’re considering putting off upgrading the electrical in your home because you plan to put it on the market – think twice! It’s not a good idea to sell a home with questionable wiring and electrical. What should you replace? What can you leave for the buyer to fix? Let’s look at some electrical upgrades to help sell your house.

Electrical issues often deter potential buyers. Increasing your home’s curb appeal is always important. You need to see what’s behind the scenes that might send your potential buyer to another property. While you don’t want to spend a fortune on a home you’re selling, it is wise to learn when to update home wiring so you can get top dollar on your home sale.

These electrical upgrades will keep negotiations, price reductions/credits at a minimum, and above all, will help you get an offer near listing price.

Too Few Outlets

An outlet per room is not enough, and extension cords are dangerous. Each room should feature multiple outlets in convenient locations. For example, check for outlets next to the night stand, outside the front door, or in the bathroom.

Antiquated Electrical Delivery

Often, you’ll find that older homes are wired to receive 60-amps. Modern homes require 20-amps. If your home’s wiring is outdated, it will not support the number of electrical fixtures, appliances and electrical load for today’s homes.

Outdated Wiring

Wiring systems such as aluminum wiring, a leading cause of home fires, will have buyers and homeowner’s insurance companies running the other way. For safety and to manage the massive load of electronics in today’s homes, your whole home should have solid copper wire and adequate grounding.

Two-Prong (Ungrounded) Outlets

In today’s digital age, and for today’s home buyers, replace two-pronged plugs (and wiring). Outlets must be able to accept 3-prong plugs and be properly grounded. Buyers will not want to risk having their expensive gadgets getting fried.

Problematic Circuit Breaker Panels

All your home’s wiring should run through a circuit breaker panel. Any other type will stall the home sale, and affect the function and value of your home, and its insurability.

Missing GFCIsOutlets in the kitchen, bath, garage, basement, or other wet locations should be GFCI equipped

Water increases the risk of electric shock. Outlets in the kitchen, bath, garage, basement, or other wet locations should be GFCI equipped. GFCI outlets monitor electrical current. Therefore, when there is an imbalance, the outlet will disconnect power.

Now that you’ve assessed these electrical upgrades to help sell your house, do you need professional assistance? Contact Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.

Outdoor lighting for style and safety

Outdoor lighting allows you to boost your outdoor space creatively and functionally. There are lots of great ways to update and improve your outdoor areas using different types of lights and features. From accent lighting to uplights and motion-sensored lights, you can create a more appealing and safe space with just a few well placed bulbs.

Sidewalk with outdoor lights illuminating for style and safety

What do you want to improve? There are two primary ways to look at how outdoor lighting can work for you. One is the most obvious, aesthetics. The other is safety. And you can do both, but make sure you know what you are trying to achieve before you get started on a lighting project. That way you’ll save money, time and frustration by trying to do too much at once.

Outdoor Lighting for Aesthetic Appeal

Want to use outdoor lighting to highlight and bring beauty to your

space? Lighting is excellent because it can work anywhere, in any kind of outdoor design. It can be the primary focus, or just highlight areas of your outdoors that you particularly love.

  • Accent lights can highlight the spaces you love most in your landscape. Choose from lamps, pendant lights, and uplights to feature the most attractive aspects of your landscape. These lights can create a striking look in the evening hours.
  • Driveway and path lighting creates a more welcoming feel. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make outdoors is they have beautiful, well-designed, and well lit home exterior lighting, but only darkness throughout the yard. One simple fix of using path/drive lighting can fix this.
  • Uplighting is a great way to highlight trees and hardscapes. Do you have a beautiful tree or fancy gazebo? Uplighting adds nighttime visibility and a stunning look.
  • Like to entertain? Give guests safety and an appealing view with carefully planned patio or pool lighting. You’ll host the best parties and allow people to spread out instead of huddling up around one outdoor lamp or fire pit.

Outdoor Lighting for Safety & Security

Adding lighting for security can also bring many benefits. Done correctly, security lighting can also add beautiful aesthetic value at the same time.

  • Motion lighting is an excellent way to deter vandalism. Set near entryways and windows, these lights can surprise intruders and send them running!
  • Flood lighting also adds to your outdoor safety. Not only do flood lights near buildings or areas you tend to frequent in the evening reduce tripping hazards, they also help you navigate your yard safely. Adding path lighting can also give you additional safety and offer aesthetic beauty.

For expert assistance, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.

Light bulbs keep burning out? Here’s why.

Not only is it frustrating, but even worse, in some cases, it can mean there’s a fire hazard. Finding out why your light bulbs keep burning out too soon is crucial.

How long should bulbs last?

Incandescent bulbs should last for about a thousand hours. Compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs and LEDs (light-emitting diode) typically last much longer – about 10 thousand usage hours for CFLs and 25 thousand hours for LEDs. Still, if your bulb is burning out before it should, it’s time to find out why.

Why do my light bulbs keep burning out too soon?

There are many possible reasons, here are the main ones:Light bulb that is not working

  1. You may be using the wrong type of light bulb in a certain fixture.
  2. A bulb may be loose or incorrectly connected.
  3. The bulb’s power supply voltage may be too high.
  4. The dimmer switch may require a different bulb.
  5. Recessed lighting may be causing overheating in the insulation about it.
  6. Filaments in the bulb could be broken due to excessive vibrations.

Wrong bulb type

If a lamp is rated for 40 watts, placing a 1o0-watt bulb in the fixture creates excess heat. This can shorten the bulb’s life, and possibly even cause a fire to start. Always make sure the bulb’s wattage is not more than the fixture’s wattage recommendation. Another possible problem is that the bulb is not right for its location. LED bulbs are better to light fixtures that have frequent on/off usage throughout the day, but CFLs are not.

Loose bulbs

You may notice a bulb flickering if it is loose. Check to make sure that the bulb is correctly connected into the socket and if it’s loose, turn it until it’s snug. Ideally, the fixture’s tab and the bulb solder should be roughly the same size. This will create a good connection between them. If they are not, try switching light bulb brands.

Wrong power supply voltage

In the United States, 120-volt electrical outlets are standard in homes. Be sure that the light is connected to a standard outlet. If it is, use a multimeter to check if the reading is more than 120 volts. If you are having electrical supply issues, contact a licensed electrician right away.

Dimmer switch with incompatible bulb

Using CFL or LED bulbs can damage the bulb or circuitry in an older dimmer switch. Those were made to be used with incandescent bulbs. Be sure your dimmer switch and light bulb are compatible.

Recessed lighting overheating

“Can lights” hang inside the ceiling. Newer models may be designed to be in contact with insulation (IC-rated) and not cause any problems with overheating, but older recessed lighting fixtures can overheat. If they are not, this situation poses a fire risk. Be sure to install IC-rated fixtures so that they don’t overheat insulation.

Broken bulbs due to vibration

Excessive vibrations like ceiling fans or automatic garage doors can crack or prematurely cause incandescent bulbs to burn out. If the problem bulb is near an entrance, in a ceiling near heavy upstairs foot traffic, or in other places where there are vibrations you may want to switch to an LED bulb. They are better designed to handle vibrations.

If you’re concerned about your home’s electrical system, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.

Windowless bathroom? Add light for function and style

It’s not uncommon to have a windowless bathroom in many different sizes and styles of homes. Sometimes these bathrooms are used for guests, are only half bathrooms, or the layout of the house was built with the bathroom in the interior. A windowless bathroom doesn’t have to be dreary with only dim light. We will tell you how to light your windowless bathroom for function and style. Brighten things up, it can really make a difference!

Ambient & Task Lighting

If you bring in ambient light and task lighting into a bathroom with no windows you create a bright, functional space. Start with overhead lighting that’s bright and projects throughout the room. Add focused lighting directly over the vanity or mirror to make bathroom tasks like washing your face, applying make-up or shaving a breeze.

Light Bulbs

Knowing the lighting options you have will help you choose the best bulbs for the right location. Making a good decision is more than just choosing a high watt bulb. Light quality is based on a few factors so take a look at different options that are available.

For bathrooms there are two main types of bulbs available – you do not want to use a compact fluorescent light (CFL) in this space. You can use halogen incandescent or light emitting diodes (LEDs.) Many pros use LEDs for windowless bathrooms. Incandescent bulbs will work fine, but LEDs are much more energy efficient, lasting 25 percent longer than incandescent bulbs.

The measurement for bulb brightness is lumens. For a windowless bathroom, the ideal total lighting is 2,000 lumens at a minimum. Most household bulbs emit about 800 lumens, or the equivalent to a traditional 60 watt incandescent bulbs. A light fixture that is centered overhead and takes two or three bulbs will get you the lighting you need and makeup for not having natural light.

Color Options

Add light to a windowless bathroom

You also want to consider the color of the light you want to shine. Color temperature is measured in Kelvins. It rates the color or tone of light. All you need to know is lower color temperatures are warm tones – yellow to soft white – and higher temperatures indicate cool, bright light with blue undertones. Consider something in the 3000K to 4000K for general lighting in a windowless bathroom.

Also, the color rendering index (CRI) tells you how an object’s color appears under the bulb’s light when compared to how it appears in natural lighting. A higher value indicates a more true representation of color, like incandescent bulbs. For bathroom lighting look for a CRI of 90 or higher. This will work well for task lighting that provides light over the bathroom mirror. Try LED for optimal lighting for makeup application.

Light Fixtures

Many different types of light fixtures work well in bathrooms. If it’s a small space you may want to avoid low-hanging lights. Choose clear or white shades so the light shines through. Moisture accumulation is common in bathrooms, so recessed lighting may not be the best choice. It can allow moisture to escape into spaces above the ceiling.

If you are lighting a vanity sconces on each side of the mirror will minimize shadows from overhead lights and add an elegant touch. For a more contemporary look check out Hollywood style kits where globe sets or rope lights are placed all around the mirror.

Dimmer Switch

There may also be times you want to relax in lower light at the end of the day. Installing a dimmer switch to control the brightness for overhead lighting will allow you to adjust lighting. You can get a dimmer switch for all types of bulbs. Always check the dimmer’s label for information about what light bulb it’s compatible with.

If you need the assistance of a licensed electrician, call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.

 

Best Electric Fireplace Benefits

Electric fireplaces are an attractive, much more cost-effective alternative to a wood-burning fireplace. Some of the best electric fireplace benefits are their safety features, impressive heat output and energy efficiency.  Electric models provide a significant amount of heat for small spaces.  They also reduce the need to run the furnace at full speed and save money on energy bills.

Person operates electric fireplace with remote control

What is an Electric Fireplace?

An electric fireplace is an electric heater that has the look of a fireplace, with realistic-looking flames.  They are much sturdier than your average space heater. They work by drawing in the cool air in a room, heating the air using internal heating coils, and then forcing the warm air back out using a fan system.

Are Electric Fireplaces Safe?

There is no need to worry! While improper use and other safety issues can arise with any electric appliance, these units are actually very safe. In fact, many people choose an electric fireplace over traditional gas and wood-burning options.

Electric fireplaces require virtually no maintenance. Since there is no real fire, you don’t have to worry about dangerous smoke or fumes. This makes them an ideal choice for the safety-conscious and for anyone dealing with allergies or breathing sensitivities. If any troubleshooting is required, it won’t involve climbing on the roof or calling a chimney sweep.

Electric Fireplace Safety Tips

When it comes to electric fireplace safety, it’s a little less intimidating than traditional space heaters. Electric fireplaces are sturdier than space heaters, making them nearly impossible to knock over. However, it’s important to follow safety guidelines.

For instance:

  • Keep surrounding objects at a safe distance – Your electric fireplace heater should be clear of objects such as blankets, electronics, furniture or toys. Leave at least three feet of clear space in all directions. Never place anything on top of your electric fireplace.
  • Avoid touching the surface – The surfaces of your electric fireplace can become hot to the touch during use. It’s best not to touch it at all when in use.
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended – Accidents can happen when it involves small kids or animals. Don’t leave them unattended when your electric fireplace is in use.
  • Use your unit inside – Electric fireplace heaters are designed to be used indoors only.
  • Make sure your outlets are safe – Never plug your electric fireplace into an outlet you suspect is unsafe, nor use a cord or plug that is frayed or damaged. If you’re unsure of the safety of your electric system, consider an electrical safety inspection.
  • Unplug the unit when not in use – For precautionary reasons, always unplug your electric fireplace heater when it’s not in use.
  • Never modify the unit – Modifying an electric fireplace can be very dangerous. Always consult the owner’s manual when problems come up. Hire a qualified electrician to do any repairs or modifications.

Installation Options

In most cases, you can put your unit anywhere in your home you want to enjoy the best electric fireplace benefits. Depending on the model you choose, the unit can be mounted to the wall, set on a TV stand or installed into the wall. You can use electric fireplaces on most types of flooring, including carpet. Because it’s an electric appliance, keep it away from liquids, especially while the unit is turned on. Overall, these units are safe.

If you are unsure if an electric fireplace is right for your home contact an electrical professional from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010!

Home Electrical Safety Checklist

Electricity is a modern convenience that most of us could not live without.  But along with the convenience, also comes some risk.  How much do you know about home electrical safety?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, “electrical failures or malfunctions were the second leading cause of U.S. home fires in 2012-2016.”  Below is a checklist to help ensure your home’s electrical safety.

Cords and plugs

  • Check all cords, plugs, surge protectors and extension cords for frayed casing, exposed wire or broken parts. Replace right away.It can be dangerous to overuse power strips and extension cords
  • Never run extension cords under carpets or over door thresholds.
  • Don’t use an extension cord as a permanent fixture. If you need additional outlets, contact a licensed electrician to install some wherever you require.
  • Do not overload one outlet with several high-wattage or heat-producing devices, for example a space heater or coffee maker.
  • Plugs should fit snugly into outlets. So, if yours do not, contact a licensed electrician.
  • Major appliances – washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners, hot water heaters, etc. – should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use surge protectors, plug strips or extension cords.

Lighting

  • Only use light bulbs at or below the maximum wattage listed on your lamp or light.
  • Always place lamps on a flat, level surface and at least a foot from anything flammable like curtains.

Appliances

  • Place heat-producing appliances such as the toaster, heater and coffee maker away from flammable or combustible goods.
  • Unplug kitchen countertop and bathroom appliances when not in use.
  • Keep your kitchen exhaust fan clean and free of grease, lint and other blockages.
  • Never use a portable heater in the bathroom. The only safe options are a ceiling unit or strip heater placed up high.
  • If you use portable or space heaters, make sure they receive a seal of approval from a nationally-recognized testing laboratory.

Extra Safety Considerations

  • If you have young children, consider installing tamper-resistant electrical outlets. Always use a licensed electrician.
  • Ask a licensed electrician about installing arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) in your home. They are a special type of circuit breaker that shuts off the current when dangerous conditions arise.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are another type of circuit breaker, and these help reduce the risk of electric shock by switching off the circuit if it becomes hazardous. Most importantly, a licensed electrician should install GFCIs in your garage, basement, kitchen, bath and all outdoor outlets.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs at least once per month.
  • If you need to dig, always dial 811 to have your underground lines marked.

Contact a licensed electrician if you have any concerns about the electrical safety of your home or are planning home improvement projects.  Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 1.800.461.3010.

Why an Electrical Safety Inspection is Important – and Lifesaving

Have you ever considered scheduling an electrical safety inspection for your home?  You don’t often think about your electricity working. It runs behind the scenes and gives you all the modern comforts you want in your home. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical problems are the largest cause of property damage in home structure fires across the US.

In addition, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) identifies small appliances plugged into inadequate or improper wiring as the leading cause of accidental electrocutions.  These safety hazards can be easily addressed and prevented with an electrical home inspection.

What Is an Electrical Safety Inspection?

An electrical safety inspection gives a full examination of your entire electrical system.  This ensures that electrical wires, systems, and appliances meet legal safety standards.

When Do You Need an Electrical Safety Inspection?

There are specific times when homeowners should schedule an inspection of their home’s electrical system. The Electrical Safety Foundation recommends that homeowners make an appointment for one when:

  • Purchasing a home
  • A home is 40 years or older
  • Adding an appliance
  • A home has had a major renovation

Benefits of an Electrical Safety Inspection

An inspection is important for the safety of your home and everyone in it. Getting your home’s electrical system checked by a professional will offer you peace of mind. An inspection will:

  • Ensure the safe operation of electrical components in your home
  • Identify common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous homeowners
  • Recognize outdated wiring
  • Identify electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time
  • Spot oversized fuses or breakers that could lead to fire
  • Allow for the correction of fire and safety hazards
  • Help you save energy and reduce costs
  • Meet insurance risk assessment inspections requirements
  • Let you know the electrical in a new home is safe before you purchase it

Warning Signs

If you experience any of these warning signs call a licensed electrician right away:

  • You feel a tingling sensation when you touch a plug or light switch
  • Your circuit breaker flips frequently or fuses blow regularly
  • An appliance gives off a faint rubbery or burning smell
  • Your outlet plates are warm to the touch or discolored
  • An electrical appliance has been waterlogged or submerged in any liquid
  • An outlet sparks
  • Your lights dim or flicker

To schedule a safety inspection with a professional electrician, contact Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.