Is your electrical panel labeled properly?

If your panel is not properly marked up it may be in your best benefit to do so. Watch the video below for an overview on a properly labeled panel.

 

Now lets go over some of the key points of the video.

  1. Electrical Meter – This is the circular glass enclosed meter that the power company can read to take reading on your home and the electrical usage.
  2. Single Pull Breakers – All are 120 volts. More than likely you will have two different sizes on the single pull. 15 amp & 20 amp. The 15 amp breakers are generally for your lighting and other power receptacles in your home and hallways. You 20 amp breakers are more for your appliances such as your dishwasher, freezers and microwaves.
  3. Double Pull Breakers – All 240 volts. These are for major appliances such as your dryer, stove, air conditioning unit.
  4. Main Breaker – Shuts off all power for the electrical panel

Maintenance

Make sure you label your circuit breakers for in the instance you need to have power shut off to a particular area or appliance. You can do this by being on the phone and communicating when the power shuts off and on with the corresponding breaker.

Make sure you power cords that come out of each breaker are secure and not loose. You can give these a small touch or wiggle as shown in the video to make sure your connections are tight. This is the number one cause of an issue is a loose connection. Black wires are power for your single pull 120 volt. A combination of black and red wires are for your double pull 240 volt breakers. White wires are your neutrals. Bare copper wires are your ground wires. Neutral and ground wires come together. If you are uncomfortable with looking at and knowing how to handle your electrical panel it is recommended to consult a professional electrician like the ones at www.bestsarasotacountyelectrician.com

In the case of an emergency, it is also good to let your kids know and understand how to look at a properly labeled panel to be able to shut down power in the case of a fire or other emergency situation.

Hiding your Air Conditioning Unit

In our area of the country the spring and summer seasons are approaching. You may need to have service done to your air conditioning unit before the warm weather comes. You also may already have an AC unit outside and you just hate looking at it.

Lets face it, some units just do not look appealing to the eye outside and you need to take matters into your own hands to make it. There are a number of different ways to do this just look on Pinterest – LOL! I am going to go over my favorite which is a very simple.

I say simple becuase it is, but you do need the appropriate tools and knowledge. Anyone is able to make this will a little bit of determination.

Simple HVAC trick for your backyard space

The simple fix is to make an enclosure around your air conditioning unit. This can be made with simple wood materials from your local hardware store. Here is a picture example below.

Now this is just one option. As you see in the above image, the air conditioner is not completely enclosed. This option is not only less time consuming and less work but, it can also serve the purpose if you are only needing to hide you AC from a certain angle. Now lets look at another option that is totally enclosed.

This way does have more intensive work to be done. There are different ways of going about this though as you see both photos are completely different styles. If you plan out how you want your enclosure to look, the hardware store should be more than willing to cut your wood however you see fit. This is amazing if you do not have all the power tools to make the cuts yourself. The first photo was made more with paneling and the second with lattice if I am correct. Which ever way you go about hiding and covering your unit to make it look better on your property, any means you take will be simple once you have your plan of attack and style you are happy with.

 

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