The 411 on GFCI Outlets
What is a GFCI? A GFI or GFCI Outlet stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. GFCI is integrated in the outlet. It is like a breaker within the outlet. For example, when you plug in an appliance, like a hair dryer, the GFCI outlet monitors the amount of power going to the blow dryer. If you […]
Can a GFCI outlet go bad?
Absolutely. A typical GFCI outlet is known to last an average of about 10 years. In areas prone to storms and outages (hello, Indiana) the lifespan of your GFCI outlet can be 5 years or fewer. So what are the symptoms of a failing GFCI outlet? Read on, my friend.
3 Energy-Saving Thermostat Tips
Summertime in central Indiana can be brutal. With rising temperatures and high humidity, staying cool is a serious challenge. To sweat less—indoors, at least—it’s important to have a good relationship with your home’s thermostat. Why? It’s pretty simple: your thermostat tells your HVAC system what you want it to do. If your home’s too hot, […]
The Advantages of Switching to a Wi-Fi Thermostat
By now, you’ve probably heard of Wi-Fi thermostats. If you haven’t, Wi-Fi thermostats communicate with your home’s HVAC system, maintaining precise temperatures and allowing you to adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere with an Internet connection. These gadgets have been around for awhile, but their capabilities have increased dramatically over the past few years.
Gas vs. Electric: Which Home Heating System Should You Choose?
If your furnace has reached the end of its lifespan and you’re preparing to install a new heating system, you’re probably debating which home heating fuel to use. Should you go with a natural gas furnace or an electrical heating system? There many different factors to consider: installation costs, operating costs, efficiency and environmental impact. […]
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The Lowdown on Lightning
Thunder, feel the thunder Lightning and the thunder Listen to the wise music lyrics of the Imagine Dragons and be reminded it is spring and with spring we get storms. Did you know that lightning strikes somewhere on Earth every second? Pretend you are a fulminologist (one who studies lightning) and spout a few fun […]
5 Ways to Win the Fight Against Flu Season
It’s that season—flu and virus season. This year seems to be the year of all years. People are hanging on to viruses and unfortunately there have been (as of February 16th, 2018) 195 deaths due to the flu, and that’s in Indiana alone. Here are some ways that you can help create a healthier household […]
Flooding Is Always in Season
Flooding is always in season. Cold winters that include snow, ice and rain are not only annoying when driving to the store to pick up bread, milk and beer (you know, the important stuff), but can be hard on your home. When all of the snow and ice start melting it needs somewhere to go. […]
The New Year brings the promise of resolutions and new ways of doing things. Some people want to lose weight; others want to become more fiscally responsible. Godby has some resolutions to help you become more responsible around your home.