Every day electricians are called to homes to undo what a well-intentioned do-it-yourselfer has done. Electrical projects can be some of the most challenging for non-professionals, and can result in serious problems. Listed below are a few of the most common mistakes home do-it-yourselfers make.
Across the United States, many cities and towns are facing the burden of empty office space. Changes in the economy and business downsizing led to an increase in unoccupied commercial space. Empty buildings negatively impact tax revenue and are often the targets for graffiti, the homeless, and vandalism. They also decrease the value of surrounding property and create the feeling of an area in decline.
Over 30% of Americans own at least three electronic devices. Typically these are a smartphone, tablet, and desktop or laptop computer. These devices allow us to communicate instantly, work from anywhere, and access almost endless digital and video content. To maximize the lifespan of your devices and prevent damage, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Outdoor lighting adds drama to your home’s exterior. It can be used to illuminate outdoor living spaces, showcase landscaping, and increase safety. There are as many choices for lighting the outside of your home as there are for lighting the inside. Path lights, postmount lights, spotlights, and well lights are just a few outdoor options. Think about more unusual options such as chandeliers, hanging lanterns, or lighted ceiling fans.
There are some projects around your house that are not safe for the Do-It-Yourself to tackle. In particular, projects that require electrical upgrades are best left to experts. Most people lack the knowledge about the intricacies of a home’s wiring and mistakes could be costly or dangerous.
If you suddenly get a higher-than-usual electricity bill, the first thing to do is ask your energy supplier in case they have committed some mistakes in computing your energy consumption. If your power company insists it has not made any error, there may be something wrong within your electrical system. Here are the potential culprits behind your high electricity consumption:
Keeping an old wiring system or having insufficient amperage can pose danger to your home. Here are some indications it is time to upgrade your electrical system:
You Live In An Old House
Older homes may be charming and unique, but they are often full of electrical issues because just a few decades ago, families did not have the entertainment centers, extra appliances and all the electronic items we have today which translates to higher electrical loads. When you lose power whenever you run your microwave and coffee maker at the same time, this could be a sign that it is time to upgrade your electrical system.