Did a long power outage in your area lead to you having to throw away a large amount of food due to it becoming spoiled? If you are frustrated because throwing the food out was like wasting money, you might want to consider preparing to prevent such an incident in the future. For example, you can actually obtain electricity via a generator if there is ever a power outage in your area again.
If you were still uncomfortable during the last heat wave even though your old window air conditioner was running at full capacity, it's time to get a newer unit. However, your old 15 amp circuit may be inadequate for the kind of power consumption a large unit may require.
This is particularly an issue whenever the compressor kicks on, and additional power is required. Even if the circuit is a dedicated line, which means the the circuit serves only the outlet for your air conditioner, a 15 amp line may not be enough.
Older homes are often very charming with a lot of history and personality. Unfortunately, if the electrical system has not been updated recently, your historic home may also come with electrical problems that you will need to have repaired for the safety of your family. Here are four major signs that the electrical in your historic home needs repaired:
Dimming or Flickering Lights
If your lights often flicker or become dim before going back to normal again like a house in a scary movie, it's time to call an electrician.
If you hate to open your electric bill each month, you may be able to lower the number that you see. Even if the number you see does not go down drastically this will allow you to save money over time. To help you get started, below are some tips on how you can determine what is causing this problem.
Check How Much Electricity is Being Used
The problem could be with an electric device in your home that is using too much electricity.
One of the first things you should look at when you are purchasing a house is the electrical system in place. In many older houses, the outlets are placed sparingly throughout the house and usually only have a two-prong entrance. While many cords are still only two-plugs, it is much safer for your house and electronics to switch to the three-prong outlet.
Problems with Two-Prong
To understand why two-prong outlets are not safe, you must first understand what the third prong is for.