Benefits of LED Lightbulbs

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LEDs and GFCI switches have actually created a revolution in lighting industry and there are number of reasons evidencing as to why they have completely swept the marketplace.

If you are thinking to invest in LEDs but are still unaware if it would be helpful then this post is for you! Here are five benefits which will influence you to replace your traditional bulbs right away!

Energy Efficient & Environment friendly

The key selling point of LEDs is that they are the most efficient way of illumination and lighting and consumes up to 90% of less energy when compared to the other lightening bulbs. This means not only it will decrease your electricity bills but would also give you a chance to do your bit towards environment. LED light bulbs are not made from conventional materials (one being mercury) which produces lot of heat and release toxic chemicals into the environment. They are recyclable and contribute in decreasing the carbon footprint on planet. It is wise to say that LED light bulbs are a step towards greener future.

Pretty Impressive Longevity

The high upfront cost of LED light bulbs has proven to be a barrier to their widespread use but if you look at the benefits and durability of these bulbs, cost factor seems to be a very minor factor. Also, if you spread out the cost in the entire life span of these bulbs then their yearly cost proves to be less than a dollar! This is because LED bulbs on an average have lifespan of around 1 lakh hours which means that if you keep it on for entire day for all the days of the year then they can run for 11 long years! None of the other investments give you so much return!

Diversified Use

LED Light bulbs can be installed in residential and commercial buildings as well! On the top of it, LED bulbs as mentioned above don’t release any sort of toxic materials or UV emissions and are thus suitable for all those goods and materials which are considered to be sensitive to radiations. This implies that LED bulbs can also be used in traffic signals because of their instant lighting and frequent switching, airplanes, museums, art galleries and other archaeological sites.

Weather Resistant

They are weather resistant and are thus operational in extremely hot and cold temperatures as well. if you are using fluorescent lamps, then you must have noticed that the number of times you change them in winters are much more than summers. Temperature variations don’t impact LED light bulbs and thus you can install them outdoors and indoors and they will operate well in all sorts of weather.

Flexible Design Features

In the conventional bulbs, if you want to reduce the illumination then you have to change it to lower voltage bulb but Led bulbs are flexible in design! This means that they offer dynamic control of light and thus you may brighten, dim and control other aspects of light, color and distribution as per your mood! Also, they are a treat to your delicate and sensitive eyes!

Install GFCI Light Switches

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In our last post, we stressed the importance of installing smoke detectors in your home prior to a home inspection. Today, we want to encourage you to install GFCI light switches in your home.

GFCI stands for “ground fault circuit interrupter”. The internal device in this light switch shuts off electric power to the switch if it detects a current moving in the wrong direction.

GFCI light switches are now standard in new home remodels and a home inspector will require you install them as part of his report.

HOW TO INSTALL A GFCI LIGHT SWITCH

  • Locate the circuit breaker in your home and turn off the power to the room you will be installing the GFCI light switch.
  • Test the outlet with a circuit tester to ensure the power is off and then remove the face plate with a screwdriver.
  • Test the interior of the outlet again to ensure there is no power.
  • Remove the mounting screw from the outlet and then remove the outlet from the wall.
  • First, remove the black wire from the outlet.
  • Second, remove the white wire from the outlet.
  • Lastly, remove the ground wire from the outlet.
  • Straighten the neutral wire and the ground wire and and strip ½-inch from the wires with a wire cutter.
  • Now attach the ground wire to the GFCI.
  • Now attach the neutral wire to the GFCI. Push it through the end of the GFCI on the end with the hole and the screw to tighten the hole around the wire.
  • Now attach the black wire with the same process.
  • Now organize the wires into the outlet box and push the box back into the wall.
  • Mount the outlet with a screw and screw on the face plat.
  • Now return to your circuit breaker and turn the power back on in the room.
  • Test the GFCI outlet.

You should repeat this process for all of the outlets in your bathroom, kitchen and outdoor living areas.

The presence of GFCI light switches and outlets in your home for sale will help you to pass your home inspection and complete the sale of your home.

If you are not comfortable working with electricity, we recommend you hire a professional electrician near you to install GFCI light switches.

Types of Smoke Detectors

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During a home inspection, the inspector will evaluate the placement and condition of the smoke detectors in a home.

The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) recommends at least one smoke detector (and one carbon monoxide detector) on each level a home. This includes a sub-level or basement.

The home inspector will verify there is at least one detector on each floor of the home and that the detectors are in good condition.

You will need to install a smoke detector on each floor of your home prior to the arrival of the home inspector in order to pass your report.

The smoke detectors should be installed on the ceiling and 4 inches away from the nearest wall. Do not install them directly next to a window or above a stove or chimney fireplace.

There are two different types of smoke detectors to choose from:

IONIZATION SMOKE ALARM

An ionization smoke alarm responds well to fires that spark fast. This alarm contains a tiny amount of materials that are radioactive. The materials filter through an air-filled chamber in the alarm. The chamber contains two electrodes with a current between the two. If smoke enters the chamber it will pause the current which will then sound the alarm.

PHOTOELECTRIC SMOKE ALARM

This type of smoke alarm relies on lasers and optics to detect smoke in the air. There is a laser inside the alarm that sends a direct beam across the device. If smoke interferes with the path of the laser it will cause beams to disperse across the device and hit different sensors within the device which will sound the alarm.

The NFPA recommends purchasing combination smoke detectors. A combination smoke detector uses both the radioactive materials and laser sensors for 100% certainty the device will detect the smoke in your home.

The home inspector will verify that the alarm is a combination alarm and recommend the installation of a combination alarm if the home features only an ionization or photoelectric alarm.

You can also purchase a smoke detector that doubles as a carbon monoxide detector. This will save you time and money in having to install multiple detectors on each floor of your home.

DIY Chimney Cleaning

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If you have a fireplace in your home, it needs to be cleaned during the year in order to prevent chimney fires from burning wood.

Your chimney will be carefully inspected during a proper home inspection. You will want it to be clean before the home inspector arrives.

You want to remove creosote from the chimney and fireplace. Creosote is an organic compound that is very flammable that will build up over time after burning wood in the chimney.

You can hire a professional chimney cleaning service or save money with DIY chimney cleaning.

This post from Lake Watch Homes will provide step-by-step instructions on how to clean your chimney and fireplace:

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Ladder
  • Safety Gear
  • Chimney Brush
  • Fiberglass Rod
  • Flashlight
  • Vacuum

You need to purchase a chimney brush from a hardware store that fits the exact dimensions of your chimney flute. A brush costs about $20. You will also need to purchase a fiberglass rod to fasten the brush to. This will cost about $10.

#1. CLOSE DOORS

You should first seal or close the opening of your chimney in your home. You do not want creosote or soot to be pushed down and into your living space.

If the chimney doesn’t have doors, seal it by taping plastic bags or cardboard over the opening.

#2. CLIMB TO THE ROOF

You will need to be comfortable with climbing onto your roof for this project. Practice proper ladder safety to reach the roof and ensure someone helps you hold the ladder during your ascension to the top of the roof.

You also want to wear the proper safety gear on the roof. This includes footwear with good traction and a harness.

#3. REMOVE CAP

Remove the chimney cap from the top of the chimney. The cap is usually just attached with a couple of screws or bolts that can often be removed by hand although, you might need a wrench or screwdriver to remove your chimney cap.

#4. CLEAN

Push the brush in an up and down motion in the chimney. Push the brush as far down as you can until you have the bottom of the fiberglass rod in the chimney. Then attach an additional rod and continue to push down the chimney. Continue this process until you have reached the bottom of chimney.

You should use vigorous force in cleaning the chimney. Then pull the chimney brush up from the bottom of the chimney and out of the chimney.

We recommend protective eyewear as there will be a lot of creosote that will shoot out of the chimney when you pull out the brush and you do not want it in your eyes.

Turn on your flashlight and look down the chimney and see if it looks clean to you. If you see remaining creosote deposits, continue to clean the chimney until all of the creosote buildup is gone.

#5. VACUUM

Now go into your home and use a handheld vacuum or suction hose to remove all of the loose debris and creosote from the bottom of the fireplace.

The entire DIY chimney cleaning process should only require one hour of your time and cost around $30.

Be sure to complete this project prior to the arrival of the home inspector so he can ensure the chimney is in good working condition for the potential home buyers.