Owning a home is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. Naturally, you will want to protect your investment. One way you can protect your investment is by applying these electrical tips for homeowners.
1. Have Your Home’s Electrical System Inspected Regularly
To ensure that your home’s electrical system is functioning optimally and to make safety a priority, experts recommend that you have your home’s electrical system inspected regularly. Most electricians recommend that you have an inspection performed every three to five years. Any licensed electrician can perform this inspection. During an inspection, the electrician will test your electrical panel to ensure that it can maintain electrical currents at levels that are considered safe. The electrician will also check for structural or mechanical damage that can lead to electrical fires, and your wires will be checked for fraying. If any problems are spotted, the electrician will collaborate with you to craft an action plan for making necessary repairs.
2. Prepare Your Home’s Electrical System for Vacation
Before you go on vacation, it is essential that you prepare your home’s electrical system. The last thing you want is to receive a call from the fire department letting you know that your house burned to the ground due to an electrical fire. Unplug all unused appliances and electronics such as lamps, microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, blenders, televisions, and computers. The less you have plugged in while you are away, the better. Unplugging saves energy as well as decreases the chances of electrical fires.
3. Take Care Not to Overload Your Electrical System
Overloading electrical systems is one of the leading causes of electrical fires. To avoid overloading your electrical system, plug the appropriate number of appliances and electronics into outlets. Do not daisy chain power strips as this can overload a circuit and start a fire. If you find that you need more outlets installed or you need electrical upgrades, contact an electrician.
4. Have an Electrician Install Surge Protection Devices
While San Angelo, Texas does not see too much stormy weather and has an average rainfall of 21 inches per year, you still want to have an electrician install surge protection devices in the event storms occur. Surge protection devices redirect excess power away from your home’s electrical system into the earth to prevent damage to your electrical system.
If you are currently contending with an electrical problem or you need an inspection, contact Legacy Electric. Our highly trained and friendly electricians are standing by and waiting to help.