“Always expect the unexpected…” We don’t know who originally said that, but we have to agree with them. Even a plumbing and air conditioning company like ours can see the value in those words, and we believe homeowners should, too. In this post, we’ll go over a few ways that you can bolster your home’s defense, so you can truly expect the unexpected.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
An unfortunate reality of furnaces and natural gas appliances is that they come with the risk of carbon monoxide leaks. The scary part is that carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas, so there will be very little warning if your appliance is spewing it into your home. You can get regular maintenance on your systems to minimize the risks, but sometimes bad things just happen. Unless you have a carbon monoxide detector, of course.
CO detectors can be hard-wired into your home, or they can rely solely on battery power. Hard-wired versions come with backup batteries, but you’ll want to make sure that the battery is replaced every six months. Thanks to these devices, you and your family will have plenty of time to evacuate in the event of a CO leak.
Home Security Systems
When it comes to “unexpected,” a break-in takes the cake. No one wants to find out their house has been infiltrated, nor do they want to be inside the house when it happens. Luckily, home security systems in the current year are better than ever before, offering wireless features that make them safer and more functional.
But a home security system is not the kind of device you want to find out isn’t working properly. Modern security systems have various fail-safes to prevent such a catastrophe, even in the event of a blackout or power failure. There are various levels of security available, giving you plenty of options for every type of budget. You can find a home security system with the best features and price when you enlist the help of a professional electrician in McKinney, TX.
Have you ever bought an electrical power strip that claimed to have surge protection? Sure, we won’t say there isn’t some surge protection capabilities in these devices, but it’s not going to protect you against the truly unexpected. And we don’t just mean lightning storms. The appliances in your home, on their own, can create enough of a power surge to ruin other devices or appliances.
That’s why you need a proper surge protector that’s installed in your home’s electrical grid and routed to a ground wire. If a freak lightning bolt did strike your home, for example, the surge protector would send the harmful currents to the ground. The surge protector will send any current rated above a certain level to the ground, so it doesn’t matter where the surge comes from.