Electrical wires can be contained in a sheathed coating called cables or it can be concealed in conduit to protect it. Either way is exceptable in many instances, but in areas where the wires could be damaged, conduit is the method of choice. Find out how electrical wires are protected and run in your home. Do you have cables or conduit?
Since the 1800's, the great debate has been on about which way a ceiling fan should turn to either cool in the summer or warm in the winter. I've heard many people argue until they are blue in the face over who is right and who is wrong. Before we have anymore Hatfields and McCoys battles, let me set the records straight.
A key to a healthy, comfortable home is ventilation. The use of exhaust fans, ceiling fans, and bath fans can keep a home's indoor air quality from becoming too humid, dry, stale, dusty, or mildew ridden. Although you can control humidity with a dehumidifier and dry air with a humidifier, those alone don't necessarily provide good ventilation. With the use of heat exchangers, for instance, you can pump out the old, stale air and replenish it with new, clean, crisp air. The best part is that this air is run through a filtering system to draw out most of the pollutants.
Ventilation comes in many forms throughout the home. Let's take a look at the advantages of ventilation in a home.
Portable generators are a God send when the power suddenly goes out in your home. It may be from an ice storm, tornado, or hurricane. If you are prepared for these severe storms, you'll likely have the lights back on in no time at all. Portable generators can safely power all or part of your home's power needs if you simply follow a few safety do's and don'ts.
Severe storms can sneak up on you and having the right electrical devices in place before these storms hit can be a lifesaver. You may think that just running into the basement or storm cellar is all there is to it. In fact, you'll likely need many electrical and electronic devices to make your ride through the storm more bearable, safer, and more comfortable.
With winter almost officially over and Spring ready to be sprung, a whole different danger emerges, flooding! Being prepared to take on Mother Nature can be a plus and knowing what to do before a storm hits will help get you prepared for the worst. Here are my tips for some of the electrical devices to get you through the storm.
You're suddenly forced from your home because of rising water and many times, everything must be left behind. Of course, you can't wait to get back into your home following the disaster. As soon as the water stops rising and it begins to fall, you figure that it is now safe to go in and start evaluating the damage. Not so fast! There are plenty of hidden dangers that have to be thought out before entering your home. Don't become a statistic by coming back home too soon!Here's what to do when returning to a flooded home.
Let's think about a regular motion sensor first. Yes, they detect motion and turn on lights. You can set the sensitivity so little things don't set them off. The problem I see with them it when things like tree limbs, tall grasses, heavy snow, heavy rain and the like, keep setting them off in the middle of the night. Is there anything better that can determine the difference between those instances and humans approaching? The answer is yes! With the newer style sensors, they can actually check for body heat using infrared rays. When someone approaches, they turn on the lights.
There are many heating and cooling options on the market today and one is the heat pump system. Many people ask how to wire the thermostat and what the connections points are. In this easy to follow instruction breakdown article, I've given you the information needed to wire the thermostat correctly and learn what the connections are actually doing.
The connections are similar to a 4-wire heat/cool system, but there are some differences. Simply follow the connection points connections and you'll have your system up and running in no time! Let's examine the terminal connection points.
When you are looking for a professional organization that has, at their hand, professional union contractors and electricians, trained for electrical installations ranging from residential to commercial to industrial installations, the IBEW is the place to look. The IBEW has a training program that not only trains out of books, basically a trade school, but also on the job training that allows for a well rounded education. This combination, combined with the fact the apprentices work side-by-side with journeyman wiremen, allows the IBEW to continue to stay staffed with high quality electricians. When you are in need of a few or many electricians, turn to the IBEW, short for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, for a quality, professional installation. Here's where you can find these contractors and electricians.
By installing the appropriate electrical boxes in the right manner, you'll have a safe and great looking installation. The electrical cables that run through walls and in and out of electrical boxes must be both supported and installed with adequate lengths for connections in accordance with these code for proper installation and ease of use. Don't just install your electrical wiring haphazardly, do it by the book...the National Electrical Code.