Springtime typically means cleaning around the home and working in the yard. Homeowners should also keep in mind that their house’s electrical system also requires maintenance. Have a licensed electrician perform regular checkups and needed repairs to keep your family safe.
The following will discuss helpful tips for electrical safety and cleaning that should be done at the beginning of spring. Always work with a reputable and knowledgeable electrician for safety and to get the best results.
Kitchen & Bathroom
A good safety practice is ensuring every kitchen countertop appliance is plugged into a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet, which helps prevent electric shocks. GFCI outlets should be installed by a licensed electrician in every area of the home that has sources of water, which also includes the bathroom. It is also a good idea to vacuum behind your appliances every spring because dust and cobweb buildup prevent appliances from running efficiently.
According to the NEC, the 20-amp designated receptacle for the washing machine should have GFCI protection. New electric dryers need a special appliance cord with a 4-prong plug, which can be installed with the help of an experienced electrician. It’s also a good idea to clean out the lint trap leading to the outdoors and areas around the dryer to prevent fire hazards.
Other Interior Areas
Many homes have already made the transition to CFL and LED bulbs that have much longer service lives than incandescent bulbs. However, the drawback is they will gather a thick coat of dust over time, dimming their output of light, before burning out They should be cleaned occasionally.
During the warmer months of spring and summer, make sure your ceiling fans push air downwards toward the floors as opposed to the winter setting of pulling air up towards the ceiling. This setting allows the AC to be set at a higher temp setting thereby saving electricity. A licensed electrician can help install ceiling fans in your home.
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