Remember Electrical Safety for May

It’s Electrical Safety Month! 

Electricity is a powerful force, but because people are around it all the time, they sometimes forget the danger that it poses. However, because it’s National Electrical Safety Month, this post will go over essential safety devices found in most homes, what to look for that indicates overloaded circuits, and why every home should install a surge protector.

Household Devices That Ensure Electrical Safety

electricalFuses, circuit breakers, and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are all vital safety devices that can help protect people from electrical hazards. A fuse is a device that will open a circuit if the current flow becomes too high. This prevents an overload and protects against electrical fire or other damage to the wiring system. Fuses are typically rated for a specific type of current and should be replaced with the same size, style, and rating as the original. Circuit breakers provide similar protection to fuses but can be reset instead of needing to be replaced when they trip. They operate by monitoring the current flow in a circuit and will open if it becomes too high.

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are a type of electrical outlet designed to protect against electric shock. They monitor the amount of current flowing through a circuit. They will immediately open the circuit when sensing any imbalance between the hot and neutral wires, which could indicate an electrical shock could occur. GFCIs should be installed on all circuits with the potential for electric shocks due to water, such as those in bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor areas. All these safety devices are essential for protection against electrical hazards and should be regularly inspected by an electrician to ensure they work correctly.

Signs of an Overloaded Circuit

Though the above safety systems are in place in most homes, they cannot cover every possible contingency. An overloaded circuit means more energy is being pulled through the wires than they can hold. Some of the signs of an overloaded circuit are:

  • Buzzing Sounds: This can indicate excess energy or a wiring problem.
  • Dimming or Flickering Lights: If lights in one area seem to be dim or flickering, then there is a possibility the circuit connected to them is overloaded.
  • Outlets Hot to the Touch: If an outlet is hot when touched, there is likely an overload. Anything plugged in should be removed immediately.
  • Burning Smells: If a homeowner smells something burning, like burning plastic, this is a clear sign of an overloaded circuit.
  • Melting or Scorched Plugs: If there is visible damage on the plug, this is a major red flag.

Circuit overloads can be extremely dangerous because they can cause electric shocks, fire hazards, and damage to electrical equipment. To help prevent a circuit overload, ensure all devices and appliances are turned off when not in use and unplug them when not used. Also, be sure to contact an electrician immediately after noticing the signs of an overloaded circuit to prevent damage and electrical hazards.

Protection From Power Surges

surgeA power surge is a sudden, temporary increase in electrical current. It can occur from large appliances cycling on and off, nearby lightning strikes, or downed power lines. When an excessive amount of electricity flows through the home’s wiring system, it causes appliances to malfunction and can even damage them beyond repair. 

Whole-home surge protectors protect the home from dangerous power surges that can cause extensive damage to electronics and appliances. These units are installed at the main service panel, which ensures they capture all three phases of electricity entering the home. This allows them to provide complete protection against power surges originating outside or inside the house. Homeowners can combat power surges and protect their valuable electronics and appliances by installing a whole-home surge protector.

About Mr. Air AC & Electrical

Mr. Air AC & Electrical has over 30 years of experience serving Pompano Beach, FL, and the surrounding communities. They provide straightforward pricing, a 24-hour live answer service, and an on-time guarantee. Call them today for electrical and whole-house surge protection services in Pompano Beach, FL

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Spring Cleaning: AC Edition

Why AC Maintenance and Duct Cleaning is an Important Part of Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning! Some people see it as a drag, but the more optimistic homeowners recognize it for its opportunities. AC maintenance and tune-ups are vital to a springtime checklist because they prepare the air conditioner for the summer heat. Along with AC maintenance, duct cleaning also helps the air conditioning system work at its best and relieves the worst part of the spring: allergies. Here is some advice from local experts about giving the air conditioner the attention it needs in the spring to prepare it for the summer.

Clean and Well Maintained AC Units Work Better 

filterMaintaining the air conditioner is crucial for keeping indoor air clean and healthy. Regularly servicing the air conditioning system can prevent a buildup of dust, pollen, or other contaminants that could otherwise be released into the air. This can help improve indoor air quality and keep a home or business environment clear of unhealthy particles that could affect health and worsen allergy, asthma, and respiratory symptoms.

Aside from keeping an AC unit clean, regular maintenance can extend the system's life and help avoid costly repairs. During routine check-ups, a plumber can identify potential problems, allowing them to fix them before they become more serious. Additionally, correctly maintained air conditioning systems can reduce energy consumption and monthly bills because regular maintenance of an AC unit will improve its energy efficiency, reducing energy costs. 

When it comes to maintaining an AC unit, a few important steps should be taken. First, the air filter should be regularly replaced or cleaned — depending on the filter type — to ensure the AC unit is not clogged up with dust and debris that could affect its efficiency. Additionally, the coils and other parts of the system should be cleaned to prevent buildup and corrosion. Hire a professional air conditioner technician for more serious maintenance tasks to present system damage. These steps will help keep the AC running smoothly and efficiently for many years.

Remember to Schedule Air Duct Cleaning Too

Air duct cleaning is also an important part of maintaining a healthy home. Over time, dust and debris accumulate in the air ducts, creating the perfect breeding ground for allergens and other airborne pollutants. If these particles build up too much, they can be spread around the home through the air conditioning system, making homeowners and their families sick. By regularly cleaning the air ducts, AC technicians can reduce the dust and debris circulating through a home. 

Additionally, regular duct cleaning helps ensure that the AC system works as efficiently as possible and can help reduce energy costs over time because the particles and debris in the ductwork can affect the airflow and make the system work harder than it has to. Having a professional clean the air ducts every few years is a great way to keep a home's indoor air quality safe and help the air conditioning system stay in good shape.  

Keep the Home Cleaner to Help the AC

vacuumRegular cleaning, dusting, and vacuuming are also necessary for air conditioning systems. Not only does this help keep a home clean, but it also helps to reduce the number of contaminants in the air that can get sucked into the air cycle. By reducing the number of airborne particles, homeowners also reduce the dust and other debris that can build up in their AC system. This helps make an air conditioner more energy efficient and helps the system stay clean between professional maintenance visits. So be sure to regularly dust, vacuum, sweep, and clean the home to keep the AC system running smoothly between professional services.

One of the best things that homeowners can do to protect the performance of their air conditioners and help clean up the air is to change their air filters regularly. Clean air filters catch dust and particles from the air, preventing them from circulating throughout the house or settling on surfaces, contributing to allergies. It also protects AC equipment from dust buildup on delicate internal parts. 

About Mr. Air AC & Electrical

Mr. Air AC & Electrical has over three decades of experience serving Pompano Beach and the surrounding areas. They provide upfront pricing, 24-hour emergency services, and same-day services. Call them today for air conditioning maintenance or air duct cleaning in Pompano Beach, FL.

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Fight Rising Electric Bills With These Energy-Saving Home Hacks

Go Green with These Energy-Efficient Tips

St. Patrick’s Day is this month, but homeowners don’t have to stop at green outfits and shamrocks. Beyond the color, homes would also benefit from embracing green technologies and habits, especially given the rising living costs. To create a more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly home, here are a few simple steps homeowners can take towards a greener home for St. Patrick’s Day that will also save them some green.

Use a Ceiling Fan

fanWhile most rely on HVAC systems to set indoor air to a comfortable temperature, ceiling fans need more credit for their ability to circulate air and amplify the heat or cold already in a given space. In the summer, ceiling fans can help cool a room further without adding strain to the air conditioning by creating downdrafts, which push cool air down toward the room’s occupants. In the winter, they can do the opposite: create updrafts that push cold air up and allow warm air to settle. 

The secret to this versatility is a switch on the fan that controls the direction of its spin. In summer, set the fan to spin counterclockwise and switch it to clockwise once colder months or winter roll around to help the heater. HVAC systems don’t have to use too much energy to heat or cool rooms to the desired temperatures using ceiling fans. Ceiling fans, which use significantly less electricity to operate, can help the heating or cooling without wreaking havoc on the budget.

Switch Off Lights and Appliances When Not In Use

lightTurning off lights and unplugging appliances when not at home, not in use, or natural light can be used are easy ways to save energy and money. Turning off the lights when leaving a room is one of the simplest ways to conserve electricity. In addition, unplugging any appliance that isn’t being used can help keep an electric bill down. 

Many appliances, like microwaves and TVs, still draw energy even when turned off, making it beneficial to unplug them when not in use. Making the most of natural light can also save energy costs. Taking advantage of sunlight during the day instead of using electric lights will reduce electricity usage. Adopting these practices will help homeowners save energy and money over time.

Replace Lightbulbs with LEDs

The kind of light bulb used at home greatly impacts how much energy gets used every time the light is turned on. Homes still using CFL or incandescent light bulbs are paying more for electricity as these traditional bulbs aren’t as energy efficient as LED lights. LED lights are the most energy-efficient option for modern lighting. 

Not only do they use less energy than incandescent and CFL bulbs, but they also last longer and emit less heat, making LEDs safer. LED lightbulbs use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, and last 3 to 5 times longer than a CFL. With these numbers, it’s easy to see how switching to LED lights can help homeowners reduce their energy consumption and save money on electric bills.

About Mr. Air AC & Electrical

Mr. Air AC & Electrical has over 30 years of experience serving Pompano Beach and the surrounding communities. They provide straightforward pricing, same-day services, and the latest technology. Call them today for LED lighting installation and retrofit services and ceiling fan repair and installation services in Pompano Beach, FL.

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Create Comfort at Home This Winter With a Central Humidifier

What Are the Benefits of Using a Humidifier During the Cold, Dry Season?

Anyone who’s ever had to live through months of cold, dry temperatures knows that wintertime is particularly brutal, not just because of the cold but also because of the extreme drop in humidity. Low humidity levels mean there isn’t enough moisture in the air, which causes a host of problems, even in the relative safety of the home. Dry air can cause dry eyes, sore throats, dry nasal passages, dry skin, and lips, and worsened respiratory problems. None of these things are worth enduring, especially since they can be avoided simply by using a whole-home humidifier. This blog will discuss the benefits of installing a central humidifier

Breathe Easy Indoors

homeIt’s not always easy to strike the perfect balance of humidity in the air. In the summer, with high humidity, homes can feel stuffy, and condensation can collect in the walls. In winter, when the opposite is true, the cold air becomes very dry, irritating sinuses and throats. The best way to create a comfortable atmosphere at home in the winter is to keep humidity between 30% to 50%, and this can be achieved using a whole-home humidifier. 

Whole-home humidifiers can help homeowners breathe easily by improving indoor air quality, preventing nose and eye irritation, and easing the symptoms of the cold and flu. A humidifier, especially one that can create the perfect humidity level in every room in the house, will help restore and maintain respiratory health.

Prevent Dry, Itchy Skin and Lips

It’s not only respiratory health that suffers when humidity is not at the optimum level at home. Skin and lips can become cracked, dry, and irritated because of the lack of moisture in the air. While some of these can be remedied using topical skincare products like moisturizing lotions and lip balms, these solutions are only temporary. 

If the root of the problem, dry indoor air, isn’t addressed, these irritations will die down for a bit with these temporary solutions, only to pop up again and again. A more lasting solution for dry, itchy skin and lips would be to control the moisture indoors with a central humidifier

Keep Indoor Plants Safe and Healthy

plantsWhile it’s easy to see how dry air can negatively affect residents who live in the home, other living things may also suffer because of low humidity. Plant lovers and homeowners who take care of indoor plants know that humidity is vital for house plants to create food and oxygen and that low levels of moisture in the air can adversely affect the health of indoor plants. 

Keeping plants healthy indoors is important because house plants are shown to have many benefits, including reducing stress levels and improving indoor air quality. It may seem like a minor consideration, but creating a healthy atmosphere for all, not just the human beings who inhabit the space but all living things, is ideal and will create a healthy and balanced climate at home, no matter the season. 

About Mr. Air AC & Electrical

Mr. Air AC & Electrical has over 30 years of experience serving the community of Pompano Beach, FL, and the surrounding areas. They offer same-day services, financing, and straightforward pricing. Call them today for humidifier services in Pompano Beach, FL.

Improve Electrical Safety in 2023

Three Ways to Improve the Electrical System in the New Year 

Homeowners want to ensure their home is as up-to-date and safe as possible — starting with the electrical system. Taking some time to review how electricity is used in a home can help provide peace of mind for the future, reducing potential hazards and making it easier for appliances and devices powered by electricity to function more efficiently. Read on for three ways homeowners can improve their electrical systems in the new year. 

Don’t Overload Circuits overload

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) notes that overloaded circuits are a leading cause of electrical fires. There were nearly 45,000 electrical home fires in the U.S. alone, causing almost $1.5 billion in property damage costs. 

Homeowners shouldn't use extension cords to plug in major appliances and should ensure that only one heat-producing device is plugged into an outlet at a time to avoid overloading a circuit. Homeowners should also avoid excessively using extension cords and power strips. By being mindful of what they plug in and where homeowners can avoid the consequences of an overloaded outlet. Signs of an overloaded circuit include: 

  • Flickering lights
  • Burning smell 
  • A mild shock when unplugging something 
  • Blown fuses 

Schedule Electrical Inspections 

On the surface, a homeowner might think: “The electrical system’s fine! Everything works when I plug it in.” However, there are many small signs a homeowner could overlook pointing to a serious electrical issue. By having a professional examine the system regularly, homeowners can avoid the headaches that come with significant (and expensive) electrical problems. 

When conducting an electrical system inspection, a professional can: 

  • Insulate any exposed wires 
  • Replace any old fuses 
  • Make sure the outlets give the correct voltage 
  • Inspect outlets and wiring for damage
  • Suggest any measures that prevent fires 
  • Test circuit breakers 
  • Suggest measures to prevent outages 

Replace Old Outlets and Wiring outlet

During inspections, if outlets or wiring are found to be damaged, they should be replaced by an electrician immediately to prevent a fire hazard. The ESFI notes that every home, even new ones, could benefit from new outlets and wiring. Outlets and wires do more than transit electricity from point A to point B. They also: 

  • Prevent shocks and other injuries: Most (if not all) outlets come with a failsafe that prevents homeowners from suffering nasty burns and shocks. That way, a homeowner can plug and unplug items without fearing for their safety. 
  • Minimize the generation of heat: When electricity comes into contact with other items, temperatures can quickly get too high. As noted, this can cause burns and other life-threatening conditions. 
  • Keep electronic devices from getting destroyed: When an electronic device gets too much electricity, it can “fry” the battery, making the item unusable. This sometimes happens during lightning storms; a power surge can overtake a device and destroy its insides. 
  • Prevent electrical fires: Many outlets come with sensors that prevent electrical fires. Some older outlets don’t have this feature, increasing the risk of preventable accidents. 

About Mr. Air AC & Electrical 

Mr. Air AC & Electrical has over three decades of experience serving Pompano Beach, FL, and the surrounding areas. They provide same-day services, straightforward pricing, and the latest technology. Call them today for inspections, outlet, or wiring repair and replacement in Pompano Beach, FL.