From the innocuous (say, the electric fan) to the latest new-fangled device (state-of-the-art centralized lighting systems, for instance), look to these basic tips in keeping your appliances in tip-top shape.
Read the instructions.
Read the user manual that comes with the appliances to make sure you install, use, and maintain them properly.
Clean as needed.
Dirt and dust, if left unattended, can build up inside your appliances and attract insects or store moisture. As such, clean your appliances regularly or as needed, depending on how often you use them. Clean appliances work much more efficiently and need less repairs over time.
Keep them dry.
Place or store your appliances in clean, dry areas, away from water, moisture, humidity, and other conditions where it might collect moisture in vital parts, compartments, or electrical components, which can short-circuit if exposed to this element.
Keep the wires in good condition.
On occasion, check on your appliance’s wires, cords, and electrical plugs. Any fraying or break should be seen to immediately, as they can be a safety risk. Keep the cords neat and bundled away from high-traffic areas of the home. Keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Update your electrical wiring.
Appliances use electricity. As such, it is important that your home’s electrical wiring is in good condition, and up to the latest safety codes in your region. Get a professional to check and repair your home’s electrical wiring if needed.