When your home appliance is getting out of line, it could be because it’s too noisy.
According to a new study from the Consumer Reports organization, this is particularly true for electric appliances, which are more likely to emit too much noise than their gas-burning counterparts.
“It is not surprising that electric appliances have been among the least valued and most vulnerable to noise pollution,” the report states.
Consumers, in particular, are often worried about how loud they hear their electric appliances because of the rising cost of energy and the potential environmental damage caused by emissions.
But it’s not just the appliance makers that are being singled out.
The report also found that electric home appliances are more prone to damage, especially to water pipes, which have the potential to rupture.
“The biggest problem for electric home owners is that their home is too small,” said MaryAnn McBride, senior director of consumer advocacy and policy at Consumer Reports.
“They’re getting a lot of heat from their house, so they’re not insulated and they’re in a very confined space.”
To prevent a watery disaster, consumers need to make sure their electric household appliances are built in a way that will prevent them from overheating and catching fire.
A lot of people are still figuring out how to make their electric home more energy efficient and less noisy.
A new report from Consumer Reports is aimed at helping consumers figure out how best to make the most of the energy savings they can.
While energy-saving measures can reduce energy use and help you save money, it is possible to save energy through different methods such as the installation of smart devices.
“You can install a smart thermostat,” McBride said.
“That will tell you when it’s time to go out to get dinner, when you’re going to be in the garage or you can put it on a timer.
But you can also make sure that the smart device doesn’t take too much power when it is on.”
You can even create an app to save you money by setting up alerts for things like when you are going to need to use the bathroom, or when you should turn off the air conditioner.
For the new report, Consumer Reports asked a representative from the National Association of Home Appliances to review more than 1,500 different electric appliances.
“For every one that they reviewed, they looked at whether the appliance was rated at or below UL-A, which is the highest standard for electric appliance quality,” McBrien said.
The average rating for an electric appliance was 3.1, which means it would need to be rated at UL-B or above to be considered UL-approved.
The Consumer Reports study also looked at the energy-efficiency of the home appliances in comparison to their gas and electric counterparts.
While most of these appliances were rated as average, some were rated higher, such as a high-efficiency LED-powered air conditioners.
Consumers also asked whether the appliances had been professionally installed, so that the installation methods would not cause damage to the appliances or create other problems with them.
Consumers were also asked to rate the energy efficiency of the appliance in comparison with other types of appliances in the household.
The results showed that electric appliance efficiency was a top-notch performer, ranking third in efficiency among all appliances.
Consumer Reports recommends using a smart home monitoring device, such a Nest Thermostat, to measure energy use in your home.
“If you can get an appliance that’s rated at an average or below the standard UL-C, that means that it is not at risk of overheating, because there are so many other things that can be done to make it more efficient,” McBrians said.
When it comes to the water pipe, the most important thing is to keep your home’s plumbing in good repair, McBride added.
The consumer advocacy group recommends using regular handwashing and hand-washing techniques to minimize the risk of getting a leak.
And if your electric appliance is leaking, McBures said, you should immediately take the appliance to a repair shop or professional to get it fixed.
Consumers should also be aware of the proper way to clean their electric devices.
The new report also recommended using an energy-efficient dishwasher.
“Don’t use the electric dishwasher with your sink or sink with the electric outlet,” Mcbrances said.
This can be a problem for some people, who have not used a dishwasher in years, because of a lack of maintenance and the risk that it will leak water.
“Many people don’t use their dishwasher, and then the water starts coming out and it’s very dirty,” McBrances said, adding that washing the dishwasher is often not necessary.
“Most people just wash their hands after doing the dishes and then take it out to the sink,” McBsons said.
If you want to help your electric home stay energy-saver and less prone to leaks, Consumer Report