Summer is coming to a close. It's time to get the kids back to school. It's also time to start thinking about the winter. If you haven't begun your transitional home maintenance projects, it's time to get started with them. You might not realize this, but those cold winter months can wreak havoc on your home, especially your electrical system. Freezing rain, and even heavy snow fall, can short out your electrical system and plunge your home into darkness. That's the last thing you want to have happen in the middle of winter. To prevent electrical problems from turning into emergency situations, here are four steps you need to take before winter arrives.
Have Your Electrical System Inspected
If you haven't had your electrical system inspected professionally by an electrician in a few years, it's best that you take care of that before winter arrives. Frayed wires and outdated circuit breakers are no match for winter weather. To ensure that your electrical system is up to the task of powering your home through the winter, schedule an inspection as soon as you can. Don't wait too long, though. Electricians tend to get busier as the temperatures dip.
Know Where Your Electrical Panel Is
If you don't know where you home's electrical panel is, take a tour around your home and find it. During a power outage, you'll want to inspect your electrical panel as quickly as possible. This will help you determine whether the problem is something as simple as a breaker being tripped—which you can fix by flipping it back to the "on" position—or something more severe.
Invest in a Home Generator
Your electricity can go out at any time, especially during a severe winter storm. To make sure you and your family aren't left without power for too long, invest in a home generator before winter arrives. A home generator will ensure that you have enough power to keep the important things going in your home, like your refrigerator and lighting. It will also power portable heaters to help keep you warm.
Store Emergency Lighting
Once the electricity goes out, you're going to be plunged into darkness. Candles and flashlights are good for short-term usage during a minor outage. However, if you're going to be without power for an extended period of time, you'll need emergency lighting on hand. Before winter arrives, invest in a few emergency lights that you can plug into your generator during an extended outage.
I have never been the kind of person who is overly concerned about my home, but when we started having issues with our electrical systems, it raised a few red flags for me. I was worried about things starting on fire or shocking my kids, so I started looking for a great electrician who could help as soon as possible. I was able to find a local expert who really understood what it meant to do things the right way, and he was really helpful. Within a few days, we were working with him to resolve our electrical problems, and it was nice to see how much of a difference he made.