When spring arrives, it’s an excellent time to air out your home, declutter a little, and ensure that all your home’s systems survived the winter and work as they should. Your electrical system and certain appliances or equipment might have gotten a lot of use during the cold weather. You can avoid issues like electrocution or fire by doing an electrical system checkup. The following tips can help you craft a to-do list and start your electrical spring cleaning.
Service Heating and Cooling Systems
As winter winds down and you get ready to let your heater go dormant for the warmer months, don’t forget to schedule a service call for maintenance. Service includes replacing dirty filters; checking, cleaning, and calibrating your thermostat if necessary; and inspecting the wiring. As summer approaches, your spring cleaning will also ensure your air conditioner is ready to keep your home cool and comfortable.
Unplug Appliances You’re Not Using
People use heating pads, electric blankets, and portable heaters more often in winter. Spring cleaning can include unplugging and storing these and other appliances you won’t use in warmer weather. You can prevent electrical fires from frayed cords and reduce energy use by only plugging in the necessary appliances.
Unplugging an unused toaster, blender, or coffee maker when not in use decreases electricity requirements, as some appliances use small amounts of electricity while plugged in — even when not in use. It’s also a good time to unplug and put away portable generators. If you have a built-in generator, spring is an excellent time to schedule routine maintenance for it.
Check Your Electrical Cords and Wires
As you work around the house, check all the cords and wires in each room for fraying, cracked cables or plugs, exposed wires, or loose connections. If you spot any damage, replace the cord or wire immediately. If you have any cords running under furniture or carpets, reroute them. These cords can wear out over time, and any exposed wiring can catch the rug or furniture on fire.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to inspect the electrical outlets and switches in each room. Check for discoloration or any buzzing or crackling sounds while using an outlet or switch. Replace any that don’t work properly, and consider putting childproof covers on if you have kids or pets at home.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
On average, the batteries in a smoke alarm last about six months, so spring is the perfect time to put fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Both of these devices should have “test” buttons on them, and you can test each unit by pressing the button and listening for a beep or similar noise indicating that the unit works.
Spring Clean for a Safer Home
Including electrical safety in your spring cleaning is vital to keep your home safe and prevent potential electrical hazards. You can significantly reduce the risk of electrical fires, electrocution, and other accidents by checking and making needed repairs.
Let our professional team at Sun State Power LLC provide electrical maintenance this spring to keep your Ocala, FL home safe. Give us a call today!