The electrical system in your home works hard every day, but homeowners only take the time to think about it or maintain it if there is a problem. What are some ways you can ensure that you have a long-lasting home electrical system?
Check Outlets Using a Multimeter
One specialized tool that will give you unparalleled insight into your home electrical system is the multimeter. These tools are designed to instantly measure current and voltage flowing into an outlet. This is a straightforward way to check switches and detect problems with circuits.
Use Energy-Efficient Devices
Energy-efficient devices and appliances are among the best ways to reduce energy usage dramatically. Many things use electricity even when not actively running, so you can also unplug items when you aren’t using them.
Schedule an Electrical Inspection
Particularly if you have an older home, having your home’s electrical system inspected annually is a good idea. This can ensure there are no specific issues and allow you to get quotes for additional work, like adding an outlet or upgrading an outlet to a GFCI outlet.
Choose LED Bulbs
LED lighting uses 25 to 80% less power than traditional incandescent bulbs, and your bulbs can also last 25 times longer. Swap out your light bulbs for LED light bulbs to support your home electrical system.
Use a Whole-House Surge Protector
Power surges are often inevitable during storms, but they can put your home at risk of a house fire or damaged appliances. The only way to give yourself more protection is with a surge protector.
Schedule a Panel Rejuvenation
If your electrical panel is no longer working as it should, you might need a replacement. However, in many cases, panel rejuvenation is enough. Wires can be replaced or reattached, connections can be refreshed, and updating can be done.
Check for 220 Volt Service
Every appliance has a different voltage standard, depending on the manufacturer and when it was created. Make sure that your electrical system supports 110 V circuits and 220 V circuits.
Examine Wires and Cords
Your home electrical system includes not just the outlets; it also consists of the cords and wires you plug into them. Routinely check the cords on the devices you use most to ensure they are not frayed, worn, or exposed.
Dust Off Appliances
You might think dust is just a nuisance, but it can significantly damage your appliances over time. Practice dusting electronics and other sensitive appliances weekly to avoid dust accumulation.
Invest in Childproofing
If you have little ones at home, take the time to childproof your outlets so kids cannot stick fingers or other objects inside them.
Use GFCI-Protected Outlets
Any part of the home with elevated moisture levels, like the kitchen, bathroom, or basement, should be using GFCI outlets only for the safety of your home’s electrical system.
Choose USB Outlets
USB outlets are an easy way to charge phones and other electronic devices without using a separate charging block. Installation is both affordable and convenient.
Don’t Hesitate to Call Your Crofton Electrician
Our family-owned and operated business has earned the trust of the Crofton community since 1990. Our team of friendly and expert electricians is licensed, bonded, and insured. From electric panel upgrades to lighting installations, and all other electrical services and repairs in between, you can count on Professional Electric to get it done safely and skillfully. Further, our dedicated electricians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency electrical situations. We proudly serve customers in Annapolis, Severna Park, Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Bowie, Stevensville, Mitchellville, Millersville, Cape St Claire, the surrounding Southern Maryland area, and beyond. To find out more information on our wide range of electrical services, or to get a free estimate from our master electricians, contact us at our website or call 410‐451‐8085, 301‐390‐7620, or 443‐871‐1492. For more ways to stay connected, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.