Monthly Archives: September 2016

How to Increase the Efficiency of Your Electric Clothes Dryer in Charlotte

The laundry room presents several energy and money saving opportunities, especially when it comes to your clothes dryer. And the best part is that learning how to save money on electricity and energy costs can be as simple as pressing a button or flipping a switch on your clothes dryer!

At Douthit Electrical, we pride ourselves on two things; keeping our customers safe and saving them money while doing so. And as an environmentally conscious professional electrician, we’re here to help our customers safely install and hookup their Charlotte electrical appliances, including clothes dryers. So whether you want to improve the efficiency of your current dryer or aren’t sure your electrical system can handle a new model, we’re here to help!

Here’s what our experienced electricians recommended to increase the efficiency of your clothes dryer.

  • Keep the lint screen clean Cleaning the lint screen between uses, regardless of how little dust or lint is there, is a seemingly small way of improving the efficiency of your clothes dryer, but in reality it can lead to big savings. A clothes dryer has to work hard to pump heated air through its system when the lint screen is dirty, so it’s easy to see how keeping it clean can reduce energy costs.
  • Make sure the exhaust is connected properly Clothes dryers should be vented to the outdoors with a flexible hose and the proper connections or adapters needed to maintain a snug fit. But because of machine vibration, these connections can come loose and cause your clothes dryer to run inefficiently. Regularly check these connections to make sure they’re tight.
  • Clean the exterior vent An accumulation of lint on exterior vent of your clothes dryer not only makes it harder for it to do its job efficiently, but this buildup also increases the risk of fire. Taking a few quick moments to clean the exterior vent will make the dryer safer and more efficient.
  • …and the back of your clothes dryer too This is one area that often gets neglected until it’s time to remove or replace your clothes dryer, but keeping this area clean and free of dust allows air to flow through the air vents unobstructed.
  • Timing is everything Did you know that most people over-dry their clothes? Drying your clothes for too long is a big waste of time, energy, and money, and can reduce the quality of your clothes and linens. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations for drying times, and take the time to get to know your dryer’s setting so you can use them correctly.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), there are 89 million residential clothes dryers in the U.S., most of which are electric. Just imagine how much energy and money could be saved if every household improved their clothes dryer efficiency! For help making your Charlotte electrical appliances more efficient, call Douthit Electrical!

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5 Signs it’s Time for an Electrical Panel Upgrade in Charlotte

Indoor Home Open Electrical Breaker PanelThe electrical panel can be seen as the “brain” of your home’s electrical system. It’s “smart” enough to trip or cut of flow of electricity when there’s an electrical overload in order to prevent electrical fires. Because electrical panels play such an integral role in your home’s electrical system and its overall safety, it’s important to know when it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade.

At Douthit Electrical, our professional Charlotte electricians strive to take the guesswork out of helping our customers practice electrical safety and maintain their home’s electrical system. If you’re ever in doubt as whether or not you’re in need of a Charlotte electrical panel upgrade, you should call us and schedule an inspection. When it comes to electrical safety, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!

So how do you know when it’s time to have an electrical panel upgrade performed by our licensed Charlotte electricians? Here are 5 signs your electrical panel needs an upgrade ASAP!

  • If you have to rely on extension cords and power strips It’s much safer and far more practical to upgrade your electrical panel and have more outlets installed instead of being overly dependent on extension cords and power strips.
  • If your home still has a fuse panel and doesn’t rely on an electrical panel With so many new kinds of electronic gadgets and tech, today’s home need a safe way to deliver clean, uninterrupted power to all of these devices. And while there’s technically nothing “wrong” with fuses, they’re extremely outdated — and not in a cool, trendy kind of way. Fuses can usually be found in homes built before the 1960’s, and are incapable of meeting today’s electrical demands. They’re inefficient and unsafe!
  • If your electrical panel is “acting up” If the electrical panel is constantly tripping or you hear snaps, crackling, and popping noises coming from it, or none of your electrical appliances seem to be working right, call us to schedule service right away!
  • If a home remodeling project is in the future Home renovation projects require a lot of electrical power, so may need to upgrade your electrical panel prior to construction in order to safely supply more power and accommodate the addition of any new major electrical appliances, such as a new hot tub, refrigerator, or air conditioner.
  • If you have old, worn, and faulty electrical wiring Some things, such as wine or cheese, improve with age. Electrical wiring however, sees a sharp decline in both efficiency and safety as it ages. If your lights constantly dim or flicker, you feel a slight tingling or mild shock when touch an electrical appliance, or you catch a whiff of a burnt smell near an outlet or see signs of discoloration around it, it’s definitely time for Charlotte electrical upgrades.

For electrical panel upgrades in Charlotte, upgrade to friendliest and most knowledgeable electricians in town by calling Douthit Electrical!

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