Modern homeowners rely on a variety of electricity-consuming appliances and devices each day. The demand these items place on a residential electrical system can lead to problems if the system is not maintained properly.
While you might not be able to do anything about the amount of electricity used by your appliances, there are some electrical problems that you can be proactive in preventing to improve the performance of your home's electrical system.
1. Use the right light bulbs.
If you have ever needed to replace a burned-out light bulb, you know just how many bulb options there are on today's market. Light bulbs come in a variety of styles and colors, but it's the wattage that you really need to watch out for.
Using a bulb with a wattage that is higher than the recommended limit for the light fixture it will illuminate could be detrimental to your electrical system. The wrong bulbs can lead to a problem known as overlamping.
The intense heat of a high-wattage bulb can cause the plastic components in a socket to melt onto the wiring within the outlet. This leads to arcing and the potential for an electrical fire. Make sure you identify the proper wattage for each light fixture and stick with bulbs that don't exceed recommended maximums.
2. Install additional outlets.
Because the number of electrical devices in modern homes is on the rise, many residential properties aren't equipped with enough sockets to power these devices. Rather than reaching for extension cords or power strips, you should contact your electrician to install more outlets in your home.
When you start using extension cords or power strips to charge your devices, you run the risk of overloading the circuits in your home. This could cause permanent damage to your circuit breaker and leave your home vulnerable to an electrical fire.
An electrician will be able to determine your electrical load and ensure you have enough outlets and circuits to meet your electrical needs.
3. Replace loose outlets.
Have you ever plugged a device into an outlet, only to have the plug come loose? This is not only an annoyance, it can be a serious safety hazard.
Loose outlets are the result of worn contacts in the outlet receptacle. When the contacts are worn, they are no longer capable of gripping the prongs on your electrical devices firmly. A loose contact could lead to arcing, which might ignite any loose dust or dry wood near the outlet.
Replacing loose outlets quickly will prevent more serious electrical and safety problems from plaguing your home in the future.
To learn more, contact an electrical repair company like Narducci Electric.