If you don’t have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, GET THEM! This is not something that can be put off along with cleaning out that junk drawer. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save numerous lives every year. Keep in mind:
- Detectors have a life span. (usually five to seven years)
- The batteries need to be changed twice per year
- Should be on every level of the home & near where you sleep
- Never ignore it if it goes off
- Test detectors weekly
- Clean dust and debris off your detectors regularly
We offer a full line of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and monitors. If you would like price and installation information give us a call.
Fuses and circuit breakers both essentially perform the same function: they prevent short-circuit or overload by disrupting (or breaking) electrical currents that channel to any connected devices. Fuses, however, are one-time use. When they detect that a current is running at too high of a level, the fuse will melt, interrupting the flow of electricity. Circuit breakers simply have to be reset.
While there’s nothing particularly wrong with fuses, they are outdated; designed for an age when homes didn’t have so many things plugged into the electrical outlets. These days, fuses can actually pose a fire hazard, and many insurance companies will actually refuse to insure homes that still use fuses. If your home has a fuse panel you may want to consider an electric panel. We now offer a full line of electrical services and would love to provide you with a free in-home quote.
The performance of the air conditioner depends on efficient outdoor heat dispersal, which relies upon adequate air circulation into and out of the condenser coil. Nearby walls, fences or vegetation may interfere with the free flow of air into the unit. Decks or other overhanging structures above the unit may hinder the dispersal of exhausted air. These can degrade the air conditioner’s performance and efficiency and even affect its service life. Allow 1 to 3 feet of open horizontal space next to intake grilles of the outdoor unit to allow optimum air intake. To avoid excessive heat buildup inside the condenser coil and ensure proper heat dispersal, leave 4 to 6 feet of vertical clearance above the unit.
The top things you can do in this hot weather to help your air conditioner keep you comfortable. (In no particular order)
- Keep window blinds closed as much as possible
- Keep windows closed. Opening windows in the evening just allows the humidity in the home to build back up
- Turn off the lights when leaving the room
- Check your home’s insulation. Especially in the attic
- Change your filter
- Get the a/c system serviced and cleaned
- Get a programmable thermostat (avoid wide temperature swings however)
- Wear light clothing around the house
- Reduce the temperatures of your baths and showers
- Make sure your attic has adequate ventilation