New Year Resolutions for Your Home’s Electrical System
We all know that the New Year is a time to set new resolutions and get motivated to start fresh. When it comes to your home’s electrical system, this can be a significant time of year. If you have not had your system inspected recently, now would be the perfect opportunity.
With so many changes in technology and more people demanding better service from their providers, there has never been a better time for homeowners like yourself who want peace of mind when it comes to their energy needs.
How to Come Up With Resolution’s for Your Home’s Electrical System
If you know what areas of your home could use improvement when it comes to your electrical system, then you are better placed to make resolutions for it, but if not, there are different resources to help you get started, especially online.
An essential aspect to have in mind is the benefit of the resolutions that you come up with. It would be best if you also had a timeframe in which you want resolve to be completed and how it can help your family and your home in the long term.
Once you have these points nailed down, it will be much easier to develop specific resolutions for your home’s electrical system.
Here are some tips to help get you started on creating resolutions for your home’s electrical system.
Schedule an Annual Inspection With a Qualified Technician
An annual inspection is vital when it comes to keeping your home’s electrical system up and running safely and correctly.
This can end up saving you time, money, and a lot of stress in the long run. Your safety will also be a top priority, and you can resolve any minor problems with your electrical system before they cause an accident.
Upgrade Outdated Technology
If there are any areas in your home where the technology is outdated, take this opportunity to upgrade them. This will help you save money on your energy bills in the long run by using newer, more energy-efficient technology.
Some examples of outdated technology in the home include old appliances and heating/cooling systems. Replacing these items with newer models can also help you save a lot of money on your energy bill every month.
Check Your Electrical Outlets and Switches
Another essential part of keeping your home’s electrical system up to date is checking your outlets and switches. Many people forget about these parts of their system, but they can be the most dangerous if they are not working correctly.
Most electrical fires start in places like an outlet or switch, so you must check them regularly for any signs of damage such as melted plastic around the outlet, scorch marks on the switch, or an unusual odor coming from either of them. If you find anything wrong with these parts of your system, make sure to call a qualified professional as soon as possible.
Reset the GFCI
Another vital resolution to make for your home’s electrical system is resetting the GFCI. This little button can save lives, so it’s essential to know where and how to use it.
The GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a life-saving device that helps prevent electrocution by shutting off the power when it detects a ground fault. This could be something as simple as water getting into an electrical outlet or cord.
By knowing where your GFCI is and how to reset it, you can help prevent dangerous accidents from happening in your home.
It is time to resolve to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a crucial task that you should not forget.
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life in the event of a fire or gas leak, so it’s essential to make sure they are always working correctly. One way to do this is by replacing the batteries in them at least once a year.
You can’t go wrong with getting a surge protector for your home. They can save you in the event of an electrical outage or if something happens to go wrong with your appliances, electronics, and outlets.
Surge protectors are relatively inexpensive to purchase, so there’s no reason not to get one, especially when you think about what they can do for you.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Another excellent resolution for the New Year is to install a programmable thermostat in your home. This will help you save money on your energy bills by automatically adjusting the temperature when you are not home or asleep.
Many programmable thermostats also allow you to customize the settings to fit your needs and lifestyle perfectly. This means that you can have the perfect temperature all day, every day, without having to worry about it.
Organize the Fuse Box
If your fuse box looks a little messy, now’s the perfect time to organize it. You can do this easily by labeling all of your fuses with what they correspond to and putting them in an organized manner.
This will help you avoid any electrical issues in the future because you won’t have to worry about which fuse goes where.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Alternatives
As much as you probably love the look of your incandescent light bulbs, it’s time to switch to energy-efficient alternatives. These are much brighter and use less electricity than their outdated counterparts, making them an excellent solution for updating your home.
There are many different types of energy-efficient lighting options available these days so take some time to research which one would suit your needs and lifestyle best before purchasing.
If you have kids in your home, it’s a good idea to install tamper-resistant receptacles. These are designed to help prevent electrical shocks by preventing children from sticking objects into the outlets.
Tamper-resistant receptacles are a great way to keep your family safe, and you can easily install them. In addition, you won’t have to worry about any electrical issues with these.
Organize Your Cords
Last but certainly not least is organizing your cords. This resolution can help you save time and money in the long run.
Cords can be a safety hazard if they are not organized correctly, so it’s essential to take the time to do this now. You can either use cord organizers or zip ties to keep them together.
This will help you avoid any electrical issues down the road and make your home look a lot neater in the process.
Now that you have a few resolutions to get started with, it’s time to take action. Follow the tips we have given you, and make sure to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help you keep your home’s electrical system up and running safely and correctly.
This can seem like an overwhelming task, but we at Black Lion Heating & Air Conditioning want to make the process as simple and stress-free for you as possible. So just call or visit our website and schedule your appointment today. We will come out during regular business hours to not interrupt any of your day-to-day activities.
We are specialists in heating, cooling, electrical, and water heater services located in Kirkland, WA, serving the residents of Seattle and the surrounding areas. Reliability and professionalism are what we pride ourselves in. Get in touch today.