These 5 Home Electrical Components Expire
We find that often times, most homeowners are unaware that a large portion of their home electrical devices expire. For that reason, we decided to put together an article covering 5 home electrical components that expire. Understanding this list will help keep your home safe and functioning!
#1 Electrical Panels
Electrical Panels are the powerhouse control of electricity throughout your home. Given their importance, it is important to note that they do expire. Due to their nature, electrical panels are known to degrade over time and use. Many individuals report problems arising after a few decades.
Some of these problems can include:
Tripping more frequently
Not having the most up to date, modern safety measures in place
Not having modernized electrical capacity
By simply having a panel service upgrade every few years, this problem can be avoided.
#2 Light Bulbs
As we have mentioned before, there are several options when it comes to choosing light bulbs for your home. In a previous article, we discussed how upgrading to LED bulbs will save you money on your monthly electric bill. Each type has varying lifespans. Let's review each lifespan from shortest to longest.
Incandescent: Incandescent bulbs offer the shortest lifespan by quite a considerable margin. Given this short lifespan, they also happen to be the cheapest to own.
Lifespan: 1,000-2,000 hours
Fluorescent: Fluorescent bulbs are a considerable step up from incandescent but still lag relatively far behind the king, LED. Given their medium performance, their price reflects as such. Fluorescent bulbs are more expensive than incandescent but less expensive than LED.
Lifespan: 7,000-15,000 hours
LED: While LED bulbs are overwhelmingly the most energy efficient bulb in existence, they do in fact cost the most. Depending on the individual, this could be a deterrent from purchasing. But when you consider the fact that an incandescent bulb may need replaced 25 to 50 times before a single LED is replaced, their cost seems quite minimal in the long run.
Lifespan: 25,000-50,000 hours
#3 Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans, much like light bulbs, have varying levels of lifespan. As with light bulbs, the lifespan depends heavily on the quality of the ceiling fan being purchased.
Low quality, cheap ceiling fans can last a little as 3 years.
High quality, top end ceiling fans can last up to 30 years.
That is a possible lifespan gap of 27 years. Do your research before purchasing a fan to ensure that it fits your needs. Remember, in the case of any electrical home device: You get what you pay for every time.
#4 Smoke Alarms
The expiration of electrical panels, light bulbs, and ceiling fans merely present inconveniences. In the case of smoke alarm expiration, this can put your home at family at risk of a dangerous occurrence.
As you know, smoke alarms are vital tools in terms of detecting fire in your home before it gets out of control. They can quite literally save your home and your life.
If you follow the standard protocol of replacing your batteries once a year, then your smoke alarm should last about 10 years.
What happens after expiration? The alarm will begin to lose function and accuracy in detecting smoke. In a sense, this is almost as dangerous as not having one in your home.
The easy way to stay up to date on these devices is to replace all of your home's alarms at one time each decade.
#5 Electrical Wiring
Electrical wiring is located throughout your entire home. While electrical panels are the central control for electricity in your home, wiring is how that electricity gets delivered throughout your home.
It's important to not that there are two different components to wiring. There is the wiring itself, which is made up of copper. Then there is the insulation that protects the copper.While the copper wiring can last up to 100 years, the insulation is more of a concern than the actual wiring.
Around the 25 year mark, the insulation of your home's wiring can begin to crack leaving the wire totally exposed. As you can imagine, this is quite dangerous and presents a major safety hazard. If the exposed hot wire touches any other conductive material a short circuit could occur.
We therefore recommend having your home rewired every 25 years to keep your home as safe as possible.
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