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Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Safety Tips:

Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.

Always remember to:

  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
  • Don’t climb trees near power lines.
  • Never fly kits, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.
  • If you get something stuck in a power line, call your Touchstone Energy co-op to get it.
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.
  • Never touch or go near a downed power line.
  • Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car.
  • Keep children and pets away.

Heat Storage Unit Safety/Maintenance

Heat Storage Unit

You should regularly inspect and clean your electric thermal storage heater. Always shut off the power to the unit before servicing. Use a damp rag and vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and dust that has accumulated, giving special attention to air intake grills near the bottom of the unit. Remove grills or panels for better access, and replace them in the same position after cleaning the unit.

Also be sure to clean out all accumulated dust, dirt, cobwebs and any other debris out from the area between the storage unit and the wall. We also want to remind members of the correct charge control setting for their units. The charge control setting is handled by the charge control dial located in the upper right hand corner of each room storage-heating unit. The amount of heat, which you wish to store, depends on the outdoor temperature. (The colder the outdoor temperature, the more heat that should be stored in the unit.) The charge control dial regulates the amount of heat stored in the unit. Set the dial on setting l or ll.

Caution: Settings higher than ll are not recommended. The setting typically requires adjusting only a few times during the winter. The heat storage units give off heat in two ways. The primary method is through the wall thermostat that controls the fans in the base of the unit. When the thermostat calls for heat, the small quiet fans circulate air through the hot storage compartment, mixing in with the room air and gently blowing it into the room. Storage heaters also give off radiant heat from the warm cabinet, much like the old-fashioned hot water radiators. The temperature of the storage core determines the amount of heat given off. If the charge control is set too high, the storage core will radiate the uncontrolled heat into the room, contributing to overheating. Contact us with questions about the operation of the system, cleaning and maintenance concerns.





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