No one wants to face the devastation of a house fire, but you may be doing things every day that increase your risk of having one. Following a few important rules when it comes to fire safety can be the difference between keeping you and your home safe and experiencing the damage a fire can cause.
There’s a reason why lamps and other lighting devices come with specifications about which wattage light bulb should be used. Not following these directions puts you and your home at risk. When you use a bulb that is a higher wattage than recommended, your light fixture can actually overheat. Overheating that can lead to a melted socket, which is holding the bulb, and can easily turn into a fire. Lampshades and anything in the vicinity will catch quickly. Only use the specified wattage in light fixtures. If you need more light, purchase fixtures that call for higher wattage bulbs instead of adding them to fixtures that can’t handle them.
Power strips seem convenient because you can place many plugs in one place, allowing you to power more than one electrical item at a time in the same location. The problems start when the power strip is overloaded. An outlet is only supposed to receive a certain amount of power at a time. When a power strip is overloaded, it is a major fire risk. A circuit breaker that trips often is a sign that your power strip is overloaded. Putting a higher demand on an outlet than it’s designed for is a safety hazard that can easily become a fire hazard. Don’t overload power strips, and don’t use them with large items that need a lot of energy, such as microwaves or refrigerators. Space heaters should not be used with power strips.
Everyone wants an ambient environment that looks and smells nice. That’s why candles are so popular. You can light one in any room of the house and release a pleasing scent while also creating a dimly lit haven. The problem is that unattended candles are a fire risk. It’s easy to forget to blow them out before leaving the house or retreating to bed. It’s also possible to tip them over and have them catch fire to nearby sheets or other flammables. Don’t leave candles unattended, and think hard before lighting them in your home.
Keep your family and your home safe by preventing common fire hazards. Avoiding a few common missteps can make a major difference.
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Many people are subsidizing their bills with solar panels and other renewable energy solutions, but that’s just the beginning. With the green movement currently in full swing, more and more people are becoming more environmentally conscious. There are a variety of ways we can reduce our carbon footprint, but instituting renewable energy sources into our HVAC systems is one of the ways that make a huge impact.
Solar power is the power that’s received from the rays put out by the sun, and just like you can use it to power lights and generators, you can also use it to power HVAC systems. Most solar-powered HVAC systems use a combination of power from solar panels installed on the home or business and power from the electrical grid. Any power that’s not used from the grid can be used elsewhere, sold back to the electrical company, or used as credits against future energy costs.
Geothermal energy is generated by the heat from the Earth, thus the name, “geothermal.” It’s a clean a sustainable source of energy, and geothermal HVAC systems can greatly reduce the cost and carbon footprint of your home. It doesn’t require you to burn any fuel or pollutants in order to use it. They way geothermal HVAC systems work is by circulating water that collects heat from the ground throughout the home when it needs to be heated. When it needs to be cooled down it removes air from the hot building.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are air conditioning units that are powered by ice. The way that ice-powered batteries work is by making ice during off-season hours, which is later used to cool the building when it gets hot. Basically, ice-powered systems create clean and renewable thermal batteries that can decrease the amount of electricity used during peak cooling periods by 95 percent for up to as many as six hours out of the day.
In today’s environmentally conscious world, reducing the impact that we have on the environment is essential to preserving it. Every reduction in the footprint lends itself to less destruction, and renewable energy solutions help us to be able to still have the luxuries that we’re used to without destroying our environment as much. If you want to figure out how you can improve your HVAC, schedule an inspection with us today!
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Charles is a home inspector and a home inspector trainer. He started as a professional home inspector in 1993. He works for Chicagoland Home Inspectors, Inc. and Bellman Group, Inc. He has earned the title of Certified Master Inspector (CMI) from the Master Inspector Certification Board. He earned the title Certified Property Inspector (CPI) from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He earned the title ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) from the American Society of Home Inspectors. He served as a Director and Officer of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He hs a tremendous passion about the home inspection profession and prides himself on helping his clients with the biggest purchase of their lives.