In this edition of Your Home, Solomon Syed talks to a licensed electrician to find out what first homebuyers should look for when it comes to electrical work in a potential home.
It would be great if everyone could have their own personal electrician on call to answer any and all pertinent question, but that's just not the case. Luckily, here on Your Home, we do and we can ask for you. First, what should homebuyers look for electric wise in a potential home?
"They could be missing GFI outlets. They want to make sure that they are working. An easy way to check that is just hit the reset button and that will tell you if they are working or not. If they are missing them, it's an inexpensive repair to have them installed. Touching outlets and switches on the wall to see if they are hot or cold. Warmer than the ambient temperature in the room, there may be some loose connections in there and that should be a concern that there could be problems," said Rob O'Keefe, Electrician.
Next, what items in my home are drawing electricity that I might not think about?
"Even though you have it off, it's still on right now. It's not drawing a lot of electricity but it's waiting for you to turn the remote on. So you have your cable box, your DVD player. All that stuff is just waiting for it to be turned on, so that draws a small amount of electricity. Some people do put them on a power strip and they'll shut off all of their television electronics to save a little bit of money," O'Keefe said.
Why should I run my ceiling fan in the winter?
O'Keefe said, "The heat from the house rises up to the ceiling and it stays up there. It gets trapped. By having the blades go clockwise; it will push the heat down. You want to leave the fan on a low speed. Having it on low speed will circulate that warm air back down into the room."
Another question we posed, what's going on with light bulbs as of this year?
"Effective January 1, the 60 watt common household light bulb can no longer be manufactured or imported into the United States. You can still purchase them if they're on the shelves, but now you'll be able to choose a compact fluorescent light bulb or an LED light bulb," responded O'Keefe.
We also asked about portable space heaters. O'Keefe said to make sure it is at least three feet away from the wall and being plugged into a solid outlet.