Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

How Putting Your AC Unit on a Dedicated Circuit Can Help You

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Some houses already have a dedicated circuit for the AC unit, but if yours doesn't, you should consider having one installed. This is useful because not only does it protect the rest of the electrical system from any voltage fluctuations caused by the unit, but it also means you're less likely to have annoying flickering lights and overloaded circuits. Here are some details about how this choice can benefit you and your electrical system and electronics.

Reducing voltage fluctuations

Similar to small power surges, voltage fluctuations occur when a large appliance turns on and suddenly starts sucking the power from the circuit. This reduces the amount of voltage available to other appliances and devices that are drawing power from the circuit. It only does so temporarily, but that can still be enough to make lights flicker and start to cause electronics to wear out a little bit faster. If you have large appliances constantly turning on and off and creating these fluctuations, any appliances with electronic components (which is most of them these days) can be affected. Removing the appliance from the picture by giving it its own circuit helps to minimize the possible impact of this. You can also minimize it by simply replacing your unit with a more eco-friendly and less energy-intensive one because a unit that uses less energy can pull less voltage from the circuit when it turns on.

Fixing overloaded circuits

If you live in a home whose wiring system is more than a couple of decades old, you may have a hard time keeping your energy use down to the load that the house was designed for. Overloading circuits, wiring, and outlets by plugging in too many things at once can be dangerous and start fires. Adding more circuits (such as dedicated circuits for large appliances like the AC unit) can be a way to spread the load out until it's less overwhelming to the system. Putting your AC on its own circuit can also make it easier to avoid frequently tripping the circuit breaker, which can be super annoying in addition to signaling that your use of the circuit is unsafe.

These points show that, even if your wiring system is capacious enough for your energy needs, putting your AC on its own circuit can be a great idea. If you do frequently overload your circuits, getting a dedicated system is necessary for safety.

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17 November 2016