Is Your Home's Electrical System Ready For Winter?

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Cold weather is coming — or depending on where you live, you may already have experienced that first bracing frost. As winter approaches, you probably expect to fire up your home heating system and enjoy a toasty indoor escape from the cold. But first, you have to ask yourself a critical question: Is your home's electrical system up to the challenge? Here are some important things you need your electrical contractor to check before you can greet cooler days and nights with confidence.

Your Wiring

Your electrical wiring can operate flawlessly for many years as long as nothing interferes with it. Unfortunately, cold weather tends to send various types of vermin scrambling for warmth — and they'll find that warmth in your house. Squirrels, mice, rats, and other sharp-toothed creatures can gnaw their way through wood to get to comfortable spaces in your attic or inside your walls. If they chew up your wiring, you could have a power failure at best and a major house fire at worst. Ask your electrician to examine your wiring for any signs of damage and then encase the wires in plastic, steel, or even concrete as a preventative measure.

Your Thermostat

Your electrical system will play an integral role in your indoor comfort, especially if you get your heating from a central HVAC system. One key to controlling your comfort, whether you have an HVAC system or a furnace, is being able to rely on a properly-functioning thermostat. If that thermostat doesn't seem to work, you may simply need to replace an internal battery or fuse. If neither of those parts have gone bad, then you may need to have a wire or wire contact fixed.

Your Holiday Decorations

Winter means winter holidays for many households, and winter holidays frequently feature electrically-powered decorations. But think twice before reaching for those ancient strings of Christmas-tree lights that your great-grandmother bequeathed to you. Old, often-used lights can become frayed, develop cracks in their insulated sheathing, or otherwise present a fire hazard. Even new lights can have defects in their wiring, so give your decorations a careful once-over before hanging them. Hang lights well above the reach of curious pets who might want to chew on them. Resist the temptation to overload your wall outlets with multiple power-hungry appliances. Plug your outdoor lights into GCFI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets which will deactivate immediately in the event of an overload.

Don't allow your electrical system to fail you when you're counting on it to help your family stay comfortable this winter. Schedule an electrical inspection make sure that it's ready for the cold.

For more information, contact a company like peoples electrical.

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