Winter is just around the corner. It’s time to enjoy the sight of snow with hot cocoa by the fire. But getting cozy indoors also means using more electricity for heat and light. And there are the less pleasant aspects of winter to prepare for, such as high winds, snowstorms, and power failures.
For all these reasons, you need to ready your home electrically for winter. At Leading Edge Electric, we provide all kinds of electrical services to homes in Greeley, Colorado. Click here to learn more about our services.
Here are some of the ways to stay ahead of electricity issues as we enter the cold season.
Replace Old Appliances
To start off, old appliances increase the risk of electrical fires because of old wiring. We recommend that you either get your older appliances inspected by a professional or replace them before winter.
Check Smoke Detector Batteries
Secondly, winter is a good time to check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Even the U.S. Fire Administration recommends that you should replace fire alarm batteries at least once a year, even if the smoke detectors seem to work fine.
Power costs usually rise during winters, which is why you need to be vigilant with appliances that suck more electricity. This usually happens when you leave devices plugged in overnight when they are not in use.
Apart from wasting electricity, this overuse also increases the chance of your system short-circuiting. That is why you should be prompt with unplugging devices that are not in use. If some appliances are hard to unplug, consider getting safe outlet extensions to turn them on/off without any hassle.
Check The Exteriors
Preparing your home electrically for winter goes beyond inspecting the wiring and turning off appliances. You also need to take a good look at your home’s exteriors before it starts snowing. Fix any issues that can interfere with the smooth and safe electricity supply indoors.
Make sure there are no trees or plants near power lines. These can easily damage the electric system in case of storms or strong winds. Also, check for drainage issues or leakage in the roof and gutters to avoid short-circuiting.
Install Power Outlets
As the family spends more time indoors to keep warm, your power outlets are at risk of overuse. Some people resort to multi-adaptor plugs, but it only overloads your system. This can potentially cause power failures.
That is why you should consider getting more outlets or sockets installed. This will evenly distribute power in the house, and all devices will run safely and efficiently.
Finally, and most importantly, you should consider getting an electrical inspection before winter to ensure there’s nothing risky going on with your panels, wiring, appliances, etc. This will also help identify and fix any electric problems before becoming costly and dangerous in winter.
If you want to have your Greeley, Colorado, home inspected for electrical issues, click here to reach out to Leading Edge Electric.