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Dispelling Common Electricity Myths

two pronged electrical cordHere at FB Electrical Services, we provide quality electrical services and products. We want to ensure that you are well equipped with safe and effective electrical components whether it’s your home automation system, your indoor and outdoor lighting, or your kitchen appliances.

We also understand that electricity can be costly for the average homeowner, and we are more than happy to help you with energy saving tips. We’d also like to dispel some common electricity myths that could be wreaking havoc on your peace of mind, as well as your wallet. For additional information or to schedule reliable electrical services, reach out to an Andover, MA electrician on our team. In the meantime, read on to learn some of the most common electricity myths.

Myth #1: “Running Ceiling Fans Cools Rooms”

Wrong. Ceiling fans help you feel cooler, if you are in the room in which they’re being used. How a ceiling fan actually helps is by evenly distributing the air that your cooling system produces. Ceiling fans help sweat evaporate from our bodies with ease, allowing us to cool off. But a ceiling fan alone does not cool a room.

So, you should only use a ceiling fan when you are in the room. This helps save energy in two ways. For one, you aren’t wasting electricity by running ceiling fans unnecessarily. And two, you can set the thermostat of your AC a bit higher since it’s being helped out by the ceiling fan, so now you aren’t using as much energy from your AC, either!

Myth #2: “Changing My Thermostat Settings Doesn’t Impact My Energy Use”

Many homeowners believe in this myth because they think that their heating or cooling system will have to work harder to reach their desired temperature when they get home, if they’ve had the thermostat lower or higher than that while they were gone.

According to Energy.gov, however, you can get a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is at least eight hours long. So on a stifling hot day if you’re tempted to leave your AC set at 75° all day, try instead to set it at 78° or higher when you’re not home, and turn it down as needed when you return.

Myth #3: “GFCI Outlets Can Protect My Computer and Other Electronics”

No, actually. GFCI outlets (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) are designed to protect humans from electrical shock. If an equipment or appliance problem causes a GFCI to trip, then yes it theoretically could prevent further damage, but that’s not the purpose of the GFCI outlet. GFCI outlets should be installed in any room that has water—such as your bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room.

If you’re looking for protection from power surges for your important equipment and appliances then what you want to look into instead is whole-house surge protection. This type of system must be hard-wired into your circuit breaker panel by a professional electrician. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call!

Contact FB Electrical Services Inc. for expert electric service.

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