Keeping your electrical system working safely is no easy task for a homeowner. When buying their first house, many people don’t realize all the hard work goes into making sure that things run smoothly. Routine maintenance and upkeep are necessary to make sure that your electrical system is in top shape. Knowledge of how things work in your home is also of the utmost importance.
As a homeowner, you should be ready and willing to do whatever you can to increase the safety of your property. Of course, accidents happen. Sometimes they are beyond our control. Knowing what’s going on in your house can decrease room for error while increasing safety. With proper maintenance and a knowledge of how your homes electrical system functions, the wellbeing of those living in your house can drastically increase. By considering the following steps and implementing them into your everyday life, you can ensure safety and turn your house into a home.
Be Aware of What’s Going On in your Home
To put it simply, owning a home is a ton of work. If you combine that with your every-day job, having a family (even pets!), and trying to maintain a balance of life outside of your work and home, it can get overwhelming very quickly. One way to lessen your workload and ease your stress is to be aware of what is going on in your home. It’s extremely beneficial to develop an understanding of the various features that help to keep your house safe. If you become aware of these, it will be easier for you to identify components that may not be working as they should. Remember, if you own a home, it up to you to fix something if it breaks! Other benefits of being aware include:
- Knowing how your electrical system works will increase the safety of your home. Small problems that remain undetected can grow into dangerous ones very quickly.
- Failing to keep your electrical system working properly and up to date can lead to an avoidable, unnecessary increase on your monthly utility bills.
- If you aren’t aware of the electrical system in your home now, how will you make smart energy and safety decisions in the future?
Know the Major Components of Keeping Your Electrical System Working Safely in Your Home
Now that you know how important it is to be aware of the electricity being used in your home, it is time to become familiar with the components that keep things running smoothly. Knowing what, when, and where to check will further your understanding of your home’s electrical system and help you keep your property safe. While electricity is essential for your house to function, it is also innately dangerous. Malfunctioning equipment can even lead to fires, which could destroy your home and harm your loved ones.
Below is a list of the major features that work in unison to keep your home safe. Becoming familiar with the components, and the purpose they serve, directly aid in the safety of you, your home, and your loved ones.
- Meter: The electric meter in is responsible for measuring your electricity use. Your usage is measured in kilowatt-hours. The meter, protected by an exterior box, is typically located either on the exterior of your home or in an accessible place indoors. If you know where your meter is, as well as how to read it, you can view your energy consumption in real-time. Learn what your average reading should be, and keep an eye on your meters numbers. Knowing how to properly observe this can let you double check your utility bills, as well as recognize underlying problems that could be hiding in your electrical system.
- Main Breaker Panel: This panel is typically located in your home’s interior, like in your basement or in a closet. It’s responsible for splitting up all of the electrical power that your house receives and uses, making it possible you to turn on your TV in one room, while your refrigerator keeps your food cold in another.
- Circuits: These are found in almost every part of your home. As electricity is delivered to your home by your energy provider, the circuits funnel it through the rest of the system in your home.
- GFCI’s: Ground Fault Circuit Interpreters are devices that are responsible for shutting down electrical currents that are flowing where they shouldn’t be, preventing harmful disasters such as shock and fire.
- AFCI’s: Arc Fault Circuit Interpreters are in place to locate problems in your electrical system, and directly contribute to preventing fires.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Now that you have an understanding of what’s going on with the electrical system in your home, you are capable of monitoring the system and helping your homes energy function properly. With that being said, always be sure to ask your electrician for help before you have an electrical emergency like a house fire! They are happy to help, ensure the safety of your home, and keeping your electrical system working safely is their specialty!
Call JDV Electric today if you are having trouble keeping your electrical system working safely!