Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve lived there for years, you’ll no doubt be dependent on a host of different electronic gadgets and appliances in your everyday life. They could include everything from an air purifier to a heating system; from a computer to a games console – and so the list goes on.
You may be daily charging your smartphone or checking your AC unit before the summer comes. If you don’t take care of your electronic items, they may become less effective and begin to overwork. Some of them could become faulty, or even a health risk. This article will teach you how to maintain your household electronics so that they’ll last for longer and function better.
Buy From Quality Suppliers
No matter how well you maintain your equipment, you could still suffer if you buy goods that were faulty in the first place. Beware of purchasing cheap goods from unknown sources. It could be that their safety standards are lower than you think and this could put your family at risk. It’s best to buy from suppliers who have good quality control procedures in place, so they can guarantee the safety of their products and replace the item if there is any issue. Secondhand electrical products (e.g. from charity shops) should always be checked before you use them. You may be able to save money on quality electronic equipment if you buy directly from the manufacturers. This way you won’t be paying the ‘middle man’ (i.e. the sales staff) or contributing towards their shop premises! You could follow the lead of professional contractors and use a wholesale electrical goods supplier, whether you need lightbulbs, heaters or circuit breakers. It’s possible to find lots of items this way, ranging from indoor lighting (including LED bulbs for under cabinets) or wiring devices and exhaust fans.
Turn Things Off
If you keep your electrical items on ‘standby’ this means the equipment will be off, but it will still be connected to the power source. This is so that it’s up and running, ready to instantly come alive when you press a button or use a handset. A red light will probably be showing and this will be using your electricity needlessly. Typical examples are televisions, microwave ovens and phone chargers. Turn off your computer at night instead of leaving it running in sleep mode. Whilst it would be operating on reduced power, it will still be wasting energy and pouring money down the drain.
Check Cables And Cords
Get rid of cords that are no longer in use or that have been chewed by pets, to avoid safety hazards. The last thing you will want is exposed wires that could cause electrocution. Keep your working cords out of the way so they don’t get tangled or damaged, or create a trip hazard.
Use Surge Protectors
If you keep a television or computer plugged into the wall socket, it could experience a power surge if there was a lightning strike or other electrical problem. Because this could cause irreparable damage to your equipment, you should use a surge protector for each electronic device. Also, keep a backup battery, in case there is a sustained loss of electrical power.
Be Mindful Of Liquids
Electricity and water don’t mix. That’s why you should address roof leaks as soon as they appear. If water seeps into the lighting and other electrical items around the house it could be highly dangerous in terms of fire or electrocution. Keep electrical items away from the bathroom for the same reason. Whilst it may be tempting, you should never keep drinks near laptops, computers, games consoles and other electrical items. Clean up any spilled liquids on electronic devices right away with a dry cloth and isopropyl alcohol (to remove oils). This will evaporate quickly to prevent any damage being caused by damp.
Recycle And Dispose
Over time you may have accumulated a wide collection of redundant plugs, leads and chargers. You should dispose of them all responsibly, and the same thing applies to old batteries. There may be specific places you can take these things to, in order that they can be safely recycled. This will prevent them from ending up in landfills and increasing pollution.
Be Wary Of Malfunctions
If a light socket ceases to work properly or an electronic item starts going on and off, don’t ignore it. The same thing applies to any strange noise or other electrical malfunction, or if a part has become broken or loose. If something keeps overheating or a warning light is on, take immediate action. If in doubt, don’t use the equipment or appliance until you know what’s wrong and it has been rectified by a professional.
Don’t Forget To Service
This applies whether it’s an airconditioning unit, HVAC, air purifier or another key item. You may be required to perform regular maintenance and to either clean or replace a filter. Never ignore these things, no matter how busy you are. For instance, your AC unit could develop unnecessary leaks, damaging your property and requiring an expensive replacement.
Laptop or phone charger leads left on the floor are asking to be trodden on and damaged. No one wants to trip over a badly stored cable, and this is even more important if you have young kids running around the home. Store your electronic items on shelves or drawers instead of leaving them out on tables or counters where they can be knocked over by pets or children.
It’s wise to use quality products and to look after them well. This means being careful where you store them and how you maintain them. Keep your equipment in safe locations, unplugging it when it’s not being used and putting it away when you’ve finished. Perform regular checks and schedule services where required, and never ignore electrical issues when they arise. Know when it’s time to buy new parts, get repairs or have the whole thing replaced. If you do the latter, do so in a way that will not damage the environment.