Monthly Archives: August 2015

Is Buying a Home Generator in Charlotte a Worthwhile Investment?

Thunderbolt over the house and dark stormy sky on the backgroundMany people choose to purchase home generators after suffering through a prolonged power outage. Others purchase generators because they need to ensure that they’ll have the power they need to run their medical equipment. Some residents have a generator installed simply so that they’ll be able to heat their homes in the event of a winter power outage. There are many great reasons to install a whole-house generator in Charlotte, but some people struggle to justify the cost. They wonder, will a generator be a worthwhile investment? The truth is that generators provide more than just the convenience of power during an outage—they can actually save you some money.

You could save money on travel or hotel costs. How long would you and your family be willing to stay at home without power? The answer to that question will probably depend on the weather. Sometimes people get driven out of their homes by the cold and wind up needing to rent a room at a hotel or travel to stay with family or friends.

A generator could help prevent lost work time. If you have a home office, your productivity will surely stall if you can’t use your computer and other electronic devices. With a home generator, your work won’t be disrupted.

A generator will keep your refrigerator running and therefore can prevent food from spoiling. You’ll not only save money on all that food you’d otherwise have to throw out, but also on restaurant meals that you’ll have to go out for if you can’t cook at home.

During very cold weather, having electricity will help prevent frozen and burst pipes. If you’re able to continuously heat your home with the power from a generator, you could save money on broken pipes and plumbing repairs.

When your home is the one with the lights on, the looters and burglars that come out during emergencies will continue on elsewhere. This won’t just save you from having items stolen, but it will help keep you and your family safe as well.

While for some, purchasing a generator is all about necessity or convenience, we understand for others it is all about finances. If you think installing a generator at your Charlotte home may be a wise decision, act now before the next power outage by calling Douthit Electrical! We’ll help you choose the generator that’s right for your home and install it professionally so you’ll be ready when the next power outage strikes!

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Preventing Electrical Shocks & How to Test Your GFCIs in Charlotte

Dangerous SituationDepending on your overall health and the severity of an electrical shock, you could be seriously injured or even killed. An electrical shock can happen to anyone, so even if you don’t have children in your home it is a good idea to take precautions to prevent electrical shocks. Use these tips from our Charlotte electricians to get started and if you need more help with electrical safety at your home, give Douthit Electrical a call!

Preventing Electrical Shocks in Charlotte

  • Cover electrical sockets that you’re not using. If you have sockets at home that you don’t use, purchase some socket plugs to cover them up. These socket plugs are inexpensive and help to prevent electrical shocks that occur when someone places an object, like a paperclip, into the socket. Even if you don’t have children at your home, you may have one visit someday, so it’s wise to just cover up these outlets now so that you don’t forget about the danger later on.
  • Throw away old appliances. Even if the microwave, curling iron, or hair dryer that you bought decades ago still works, the insulation on the wires may have deteriorated over the years. Old appliances can create the risk for electrical shock and also have a tendency to be less efficient than their newer versions.
  • Always unplug your appliances before you clean them. Water is a great conductor of electricity, so you should never clean an appliance while it’s still plugged in. Keep in mind too, if you need to dislodge a slice bread from your toaster, you must unplug it before you go digging inside with a fork.
  • Never operate an appliance in a wet environment. Learn which areas of your home need GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters). 
  • Test your GFCIs regularly. Make sure that your GFCIs are ready to cut off the electrical current if needed by testing them. Here’s how:
    • Plug a small electrical device like a nightlight or hair dryer into your GFCI outlet and make sure it turns on.
    • Press the “test” button on your GFCI. The electrical device should turn off right away.
    • Press the “reset” button on your GFCI. The electrical device should turn back on immediately.
    • If, when you press the “test” button, your electrical device does not turn off immediately, your GFCI is not working properly and you should contact an electrician.

At Douthit Electrical, electrical safety in Charlotte is our top priority. For help making the electrical system in your home safer, give our licensed electricians a call today!

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