Bell Home Solutions Fall 2015
Why You Might Want to Have Your Electrical Panel Checked this Season
Before you go plugging in all those holiday lights and decorations, it’s probably a good idea to have your electrical panel checked. Sure, you’re probably not going to suffer serious damage to your electrical grid, but no one likes to stumble around in the dark looking for the circuit breaker.
There is an immense amount of electrical power running through the average home. So much so that a power surge at the wrong time can cause widespread damage. That’s why we use electrical panels, which break the circuit as a safety measure when too much power is being drawn. Resetting the circuit breaker is not all that difficult or uncommon of a thing to do. Still, you’re probably going to want to make sure that your panel is up to the task of protecting your home this season. Why don’t we take a look at some of the unique challenges that your electrical panel might face in the next few months.
The end of the year tends to be the busiest in terms of travel, as people visit friends and family for the holidays. While it might be great to have some guests staying in the house, all that extra power spent on phones, laptops, and lights has to be accounted for. The added stress on your home’s power grid might be enough to trip your electrical panel, especially if it hasn’t been serviced in a while. So, unless you want to break out the candles and whale-oil lamps (what, we’re the only people who have those?) while you have people over, you’re probably going to want to have your panel checked out.
Ah, Christmas. That wonderful time of year where everything seems more magical. People become kinder, gifts are exchanged, and most of us deck the halls with enough electrical lights to blind any passing space aliens. Christmas lights are certainly festive, but they’re a huge added burden on your home’s electrical grid. If you plan on having even a moderate amount of Christmas lights (or any other holiday lights, for that matter) up this season, it is a very good idea to have your electrical panel checked.
For most of us, winter wonderlands are only wonderful when they aren’t inside your home. It can get terribly cold during winter, and for most of us that means it’s time to crank up the heat. Now, your home’s electrical grid is more than capable of handling your usual furnace or boiler. Depending on where you live, though, that may not be enough. If everybody in the house starts plugging in space heaters or heating blankets or nuclear reactors, that might be enough to overload the grid and trip the circuit. No one wants to be without heat in the dead of winter, so be sure to get your electrical panel checked before plugging in all those extra appliances.
Get Your Furnace Ready for the Winter Season with These Simple Steps
Your furnace may have served you well over many years, but that doesn’t mean that it’s invincible. Before the days start to get really cold, you’re going to want to make sure that your furnace is up to the task of keeping your home warm this winter.
Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to get your home ready for the coldest months of the year. Icicles are pretty charming when they’re outside, but not so much when they’re forming on your mantelpiece. If you’re one of the many homeowners who has a furnace installed in their home, you’re going to need to take a few steps to make sure that it’s up to the stress of the winter season. Let’s take a look at those steps now.
Schedule Preventive Heating Maintenance
Prompt repairs are all well and good, but you’re still giving heating problems time to damage your system if you just wait for them to announce themselves. Some problems don’t even have outward symptoms, unless you count your furnace giving a final gasp before breaking down. You don’t want that to happen, especially in the middle of the cold season. So, schedule preventive heating maintenance!
Preventive heating maintenance allows us to find and fix furnace problems before they progress far enough to threaten the health of your furnace. As long as you schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year, we can make sure that it’s in top shape for the heating season.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
The thermostat is like the brain of your furnace. Without it, even a perfectly healthy heating system wouldn’t be very useful. While many people have their thermostats repaired or replaced if they have to, few ever voluntarily upgrade them. Upgrading your thermostat can actually have a huge effect on the energy efficiency of your furnace. In fact, advances in thermostat technology can not only save you money, but help you maintain a more comfortable climate when the weather outside turns nasty. If you haven’t had a new thermostat installed in the past 15 years or so, now might be the perfect time to do it.
Keep an Eye Out
Even with annual heating maintenance, sometimes furnace problems slip through anyway. While using your furnace to keep warm this winter, keep your eye and ears open for signs that your system is having problems. Strange noises coming from the furnace could indicate all sorts of issues, from a clogged air filter to a dirty burner assembly. Drops in output are another common indicator that your furnace needs some help. If you have any reason to believe that your furnace is in trouble, don’t hesitate to call a professional right away.