Home improvement projects are great to do, but you need to be practical in regard to what you want to accomplish. The more practical your home improvement project, the easier it will be and the better we will feel. Part of being practical is setting a budget and not going over it. People that live in older homes need to realize that they need to take care of their investment at some point. It is important to do repairs when they need to be done so that, later on, you do not have to spend more money than you have to. Though the following recommendations may require help from other people, here are three practical home-improvement ideas to think about.
Creosote is something you probably know all about, if you still use your old fireplace. When you burn wood, the by-product is a corrosive, toxic, and highly combustible substance, called creosote. The creosote can ignite inside your chimney, where it has accumulated after years of using the fireplace for a lot of fires. If you are concerned that you might have this problem, you need to get in contact with a chimney cleaner. Don't find some fly-by-night company which promises to get it clean, just because they are cheap, because you need this job done right.
Install GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupter, outlets in bathrooms and other areas. These look different than normal outlets because GFCI outlets are capable of doing different things.
What this does is measures the electrical current flow from the neutral terminal to the hot terminal, the typical current path of the electricity. Any type of a short would be detected by this device in the receptacle due to a differentiation in the current itself. Once the current flow has changed, the GFCI will open up and the current flow will cease.
If you have extra cash and want to really see how well insulated your home is, then think about getting an infrared scan for your house. The charge for this process is relatively high and reflects the cost of the camera itself. You can do this in the summer or winter when either the air conditioner is running or of course the heater is on. To get the best pictures, wait till it's dark. If you don't have time at night, daytime imagery can be taken. The IR pictures will capture the thermal image of your house, and the air escaping from your home will be visible.
The above electrical home improvement tips may be beyond what you can do or are comfortable doing. One thing that everyone can do is use the electrical outlet checker which can be learned very easily.
In regard to the other two tips, you should definitely hire an expert to help you with these electrical issues. So to make your home a much safer place to be, you should complete these three projects as soon as possible.
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