As discussed in Part 1, electrical fires occur in almost 48,000 homes every year, causing more than 1,500 deaths. Older homes with dated and deteriorated wiring are make their residents more vulnerable to electrical fires and shocks. Devices like an AFCI provide more protection. Part 2 will discuss GFCIs and TRRs.
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) statistics found there are almost 48,000 home electrical fires annually. As a result, more than 450 deaths, 1,500 people injured, and property damages amounting $1.5 billion occur every year.
Numerous electrical fires occur in homes constructed prior to 1970, which number more than 50% of the country’s housing. These older homes were built before the invention of many appliances and electronic devices that are now common. Nowadays, a typical home contains more TV sets than residents. This ever-growing need for electricity increases the risk of overloading the electrical system of an older home and the chances of electrical shock and fires.
An increasing number of homeowners are placing more emphasis on energy efficiency. Their two typical goals are decreasing their impact on the environment and reducing their utility bills. In either case, they can get a great start by talking to a licensed electrician about their home’s energy efficiency.
Many people are unaware that a skilled electrician can help conserve energy in their homes. Experienced electricians are knowledgeable about cost-effective methods that will greatly decrease electrical use. Below are three that you should strongly consider.
Rewiring an older home and adding or replacing electrical components will help ensure your family’s safety and convenience. Over time, wiring becomes worn out or outdated. Frayed electrical wires are especially hazardous because they may cause a fire. Make sure not to work on these yourself and risk electrical shock. Call a reputable licensed electrical services company that has the skills and experience to repair or replace electrical wiring. The following will discuss several home features that involve replacing wiring and adding or replacing electrical components.
You might need a heavy-up if your home was built more than 30 years ago. Basically, a heavy-up will raise amperage entering the home through its electrical service panel to allow its system to manage a greater load. Some older homes will also need an electrical system upgrade to meet modern demands. When older homes were constructed, many devices did not yet exist, appliances were smaller, and homes consumed much less electricity.
As discussed in Part 1, the increasing number of appliances and devices often overload the electrical systems of older houses, condominiums, and apartment buildings. This can lead to several problems that could have been prevented by updating their electrical panel and wiring. Part 2 will cover Update Symptoms, Upgrade Benefits, and Electrical Fires.