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Maintaining your electrical system is an important aspect of home ownership.

Your home’s electrical system is simultaneously one of the most useful and potentially dangerous systems you encounter in your everyday life, so it’s important to know how to properly and safely make use of its components. To ensure your electrical system functions as efficiently as possible, consider the following tips:

Know how your outlets are wired. Understanding a little more about the outlets in your home can help you use them safely, conserve energy and troubleshoot potential problems. Most modern outlets come in pairs (known as a “duplex receptacle”) and are generally rated at 15 or 20 amps and 120 volts. It’s important to know your outlet’s rating: If you have to replace a receptacle, you should always install an exact duplicate.

Understand fuses. Fuses are safety measures designed to keep devices and appliances from drawing too much current from your electrical system, which can create a dangerous situation. When the current flowing through a fuse is greater than it was designed to withstand, the metal melts, interrupts the circuit and stops the flow of electricity. In this way, it acts like a kill switch. When a fuse blows, it needs to be replaced. For the sake of safety and proper functioning of your electrical system, always use an identical replacement for the blown fuse. The three basic types of fuses are plug, time-delay and cartridge. The wrong type won’t fit in place of the old fuse, but you also have to pay attention to the amp rating of the fuse being replaced. Never replace a fuse with one that bears a higher amp rating.

Conserve electricity. Routinely maintaining your appliances can go a long way toward reducing the amount of energy your family uses on a daily basis. For example, any device involved in the heating, cooling and ventilation of your home should be kept clean and in good repair. Make sure to regularly clean and replace heater and air conditioner filters. Keep the furnace room free of debris that can be sucked up into the fan. Clean ventilation ducts consistently to prevent them from becoming clogged. You can do a lot of these smaller tasks yourself, but you should always call a professional for larger maintenance tasks. The upfront expense may give you pause, but consider it an investment in your home and lowering your energy bills. You should also have your electrical system inspected on a regular basis so potential issues can be stopped before they become problematic.