Powerloads are not only a dangerous hazard in the home but also a costly one. They can cause every electrical appliance in your home to be damaged due to an overload of electricity drawn by one device. To avoid a power overload, follow these tips.
Check the Wattage Rating on All of Your Appliances
Home appliances can range widely in wattage, so checking the rating before plugging them into an outlet is essential. The wattage of an appliance is usually found on the plug or in its manual.
In large appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, it is best to have a dedicated circuit with its breaker installed so that it is the only appliance connected to that outlet. You should also be aware of the wattage rating for that appliance when running it so you do not draw too much electricity.
Unplug Unnecessary Appliances
Unplugging unused appliances or those you are not actively using can help to avoid a power overload in your home. This includes phone chargers, hair dryers, and other small appliances that are not being used. This will reduce the risk of an overload as you only use what is necessary.
When plugged in, many of these appliances draw power even when not in use, which can add up and cause a power overload.
Use Power Strips and Surge Protectors
Power strips and surge protectors can help manage your home’s wattage load. These can provide extra outlets and help to protect your appliances from a power surge. They also allow you to turn off multiple appliances with the flip of a switch.
Having an extra outlet or two can help you space out your electrical appliances without overloading one outlet. Power strips, in particular, can also protect your home from voltage fluctuations due to a power overload.
Use an Extension Cord Responsibly
An extension cord can be a quick and easy way to connect electrical appliances. However, it is important to use them responsibly to avoid a power overload. Extension cords should not be used for large electrical appliances or ones that draw large wattage; they are better suited for smaller appliances such as lamps and fans.
Additionally, it is important to ensure the extension cord is in good condition with no frayed or exposed wires. If you are using a power strip, ensure that the extension cord does not exceed the wattage rating of the power strip and that you are not overloading the power strip.
Invest in Energy-Saving Appliances
Investing in energy-saving appliances can help reduce your home’s wattage load. These appliances are designed to be more efficient and use less electricity, so they will not draw as much wattage from your outlets.
To know if an appliance is energy-saving, you should check for the Energy Star logo or any other energy-saving certifications. Most electronics stores will also have energy-saving options in their catalog.
Update Outlets and Breakers
Outdated outlets and circuit breakers can be a major cause of power overload. If your home has old two-prong outlets that do not have a ground connection, it is important to upgrade them to three-prong outlets that can properly protect your appliances from a power surge.
Additionally, upgrading your circuit breakers can help to prevent an overload. If you find that a particular outlet is constantly tripping its breaker, it may be time to upgrade the circuit breaker for that outlet.
Consider Home Rewiring Services
If you are constantly overloading your outlets or your home’s wiring is outdated, it may be time to consider getting it rewired. Home rewiring services can ensure that your electrical system is up to code and free of any potential hazards. It can also help to provide more outlets and dedicated circuits for larger appliances.
You should work with a professional electrician to determine what type of wiring is best for your home and have them install it properly. This will help to protect your home from a power overload and keep it safe.
Following these tips can help you avoid a power overload in your home and keep everyone safe. If you need any help with your electrical system, contact a professional electrician like Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing. We will assess the situation and provide the best solution for your home.
We can also help you with electrical upgrades and maintenance, switch repair and installation, surge protection, panel inspection and replacement, water heater installation and replacement, commercial generator installation and EV charging installation in Canton. Contact Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing today to learn more.