Inside Electric Service Panel. Fuse/Getty Images
Your homes electrical system operates like a humans body; circuits and wires carry electricity throughout the home like veins and arteries carry blood to organs and limbs. Just like our blood keeps our bodies alive; electricity keeps our every day lives running – tv’s and lights on, our fridges humming and phones charged up. Your homes electrical panel is the heart of your house and without a properly working electrical panel, nothing electrical will work.
Your service panel is the connection between wires coming from the street and your home’s electric system. The service panel is the central distribution point that connects the service wire or service drop, which is the main wire coming from the outside into the house, to the exit wires that split off and service different parts of the house.
The electric service panel used to be called the “fuse box”, “fuse panel”, “circuit breaker panel”, or any number of other terms. Most homes today have what we call the electrical service panel, or simply, the electrical panel. It’s not literally the same thing, but it does provide the same function.
Some houses really do have a fuse box. It still applies to older homes. Older homes still have what is best called a fuse box because they have actual fuses which screw or pull in/out. Homes built between 1950 and 1965 may have these 60-ampere fuse boxes, often with 4 fuses. However, homes today have modern electrical service panels.
I found a great informational photo to help breakdown fuses and breakers.
Recently, we came across a very informative electrical panel safety alert from a consumer safety company – we will be covering various aspects of this alert, including Federal Pacific panels and Zinsco panels over numerous blog posts. I also wanted to touch on this series so you can be informed, covering some very basic electrical knowledge that not everyone knows.
A panel box is a critical part of your home’s electrical system; it distributes and receives electricity all day long. The breakers inside of a panel box are designed to protect your home from short circuits, over-currents and any damage they may cause. Electrical experts believe with regular maintenance your electric panel can properly function and protect your home for 30 years or more.
If you suspect you may have a Federal Pacific Electric panel, older Zinsco Electrical panel, an outdated electrical panel in your home or haven’t had your panel inspected recently – it is recommended you call a qualified licensed electrician. Call us – we would be glad to help or advise on necessary steps needed.
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* Have a portable radio or weather radio on hand to monitor official weather forecasts and other important information for your area.
* Have a plan to move yourself and your family — especially those with special needs — to an alternate location in case you have to evacuate or experience an extended power outage. Families who have special medical needs or elderly members should closely monitor weather forecasts and make plans for potential alternate arrangements should an extended outage occur.
* Keep a supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand.
* Make sure flashlights are readily available and that a supply of extra batteries is on hand.
* Consider the need for specialty items such as first aid supplies, prescription medication, baby food and additional warm clothing.
* Homeowners who depend on well water should draw an emergency water supply in case power to their electric water pumps is interrupted.
* If you have an emergency heating or power source and learn how to use it properly.
* Have at least one traditional analog phone in your home that does not require electricity to operate.
Spring cleaning is an annual ritual practiced by millions of homeowners. Did you know that it can help you save energy and reduce your impact on the environment? While you’re chasing those dust bunnies around, consider the following tips to make your home more energy efficient:
* Behind the fridge – When vacuuming and dusting, remember to clean behind the refrigerator. Dust buildup causes the refrigerator to run less efficiently.
* Around your windows – While cleaning windows, look for loose panes, cracks or poor caulking, which can lead to air leaks. In spring and summer, replace storm windows with screens to provide natural cooling.
* Light bulbs – Dust accumulation on light bulbs blocks a considerable amount of light. Wipe off bulbs to get more light for your energy dollar. Replace incandescent bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs. They use 70 to 90 percent less energy and last much longer.
* Ductwork – Leaky ducts often result in rapid dust accumulation around heating and cooling vents, causing your air conditioning system to run less efficiently. A properly sealed and insulated duct system can save energy and money – and make your home more comfortable. Have your ductwork inspected and sealed by a quality professional.
* Office – Every desk could use some de-cluttering. Shred unneeded documentation like older mail or statements.
During spring cleaning, you may have more laundry and dishwashing than usual. Make sure these appliances are fully loaded before running them.
Duke Energy recently published the above article with great tips, so we wanted to share!
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We recently published a blog post on keeping your bathroom safe from electrical hazards. As it happens, bathroom fans often cause bathroom / house fires. When reminded of this we decided that we wanted to take a moment to share that information with you.
The first, obvious cause for bathroom fan fires is bad wiring. We’ve covered some of the warning signs of bad wiring before.
Running the Fan Constantly
You should run the fan for 15 – 20 minutes during and after a bath / shower. This will help the bath fan fulfill its intended purpose of controlling moisture in your bathroom. However, do not leave the fan on all the time (24/7). If the fan constantly runs the ball bearings inside will lock up. This can cause the motor to overheat, which can cause a fire.
Dirty Bath Fan
Dust and lint do get caught in these fans. These can ignite if they aren’t cleared away on a regular basis. Fortunately, bathroom exhaust fans are pretty easy to clean. You can simply attack the vents with blasts of canned air until the fan is clean and clear. Do this once a month to keep your fans safe. Old fans are a hazard…don’t be afraid to replace a fan that is past its time. Your bathroom will thank you, and your home will be safer.
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