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Work From Home Increases the Demand for Your Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC

If you’re like most families, you probably had a routine for years. Most likely the kids leave the home for school, or whatever activities they may be involved in. Both parents likely leave for their jobs or other commitments. The family dog may hang around, but other than that, the house remained empty.

Well, the pandemic changed things and necessitated a work-from-home environment. While some may have returned to work since this time, many gave their employees the option to work from home on a more permanent basis. The reality is that your house might not be ready for this routine. If you work from home on an extended basis, it’s extra important to keep tabs on your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, to make sure that added use during the daytime hours isn’t too taxing.

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The Work-From-Home Effect on Your Electrical System

A work-from-home situation is likely going to require more electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, or charging stations. Most residential electrical systems are made to be able to support this type of usage. However, lots of power-hungry devices could eventually cause an issue. The same is true if you begin to overload a circuit with high-powered appliances.

The extra usage and added demand could begin to overload the system. You can work to balance the load by shifting appliances and devices, or not using as much at the same time. The other option would be to have a professional look at your electrical infrastructure and see what can be done to upgrade and meet your increased demand.

The Work-From-Home Effect on Plumbing

Working from home could certainly lead to increased water use from bathroom breaks and the use of sinks and faucets. You may need to do things like run the dishwasher or washing machine more often. While the increased use of plumbing and these appliances is likely ok, if you’ve been working from home for a longer period, it might be a good idea to have a professional to the house to take a look at your plumbing system.

HVAC System

If you were in a routine that included leaving the house for the duration of the day, you may have likely given the HVAC system a rest during those hours, turning either the heat or the air conditioner down during those hours so that they didn’t have to work so hard. Well, you likely want to work in a comfortable temperature, so your HVAC stays on to work a little harder.

If your HVAC system has any zoning capability, you can use that to target the airflow to the areas of your home where you’ll be spending the most time. If you’re concerned about the added usage over time, make sure to have an HVAC specialist to your home as soon as possible.

Find a Contractor You Can Trust

Any pre-existing issues with the electrical, plumbing, or HVAC systems could be exacerbated in a work-from-home situation.  That’s why having these systems checked out by a contractor you can trust is important. The experienced team at Haley Mechanical can evaluate and service your electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, contact us today!

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