Electrical System Check-Up & Safety Measures
Even the simplest of electrical improvements can make a world of difference to your utility bill. We have compiled a comprehensive checklist that you can do on your own to save you money, keep your family safe, and ensure your home’s electrical system is in tip-top shape in the New Year.
Test Smoke Detector and Replace Batteries – Seems like an obvious chore, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t regularly replace the batteries in their smoke detector; much less test them to see that they are even working. Most smoke detectors have a test button on the face of the unit that allowed you to easily test them to see that they are working. Replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors should be done at least once a year, and you should replace the entire smoke detector every 10 years. What better time than now?
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors – If you haven’t installed carbon monoxide detectors yet, the New Year is a perfect time to add this safety feature to your home. Gas leaks are nearly odorless and are a very real danger to everyone living in the home. The best defense you have is to detect the leak the moment it starts and safely evacuate your family until a licensed electrician can arrive and assess the situation. Newer carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced every 5-6 years, while the older ones need to be replaced every 3 years.
Reset Your Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets – Little do homeowners know, but you should be resetting your GFCI outlets every month, yet that rarely happens. Chances are you most likely have outlets with test/reset buttons in your home. Typically these outlets are located in areas of the home that experience more moisture than other rooms, like the bathroom and kitchen. Locate these outlets and press the test/reset button to make sure the outlets trip and reset correctly. You should include this in your monthly home maintenance routine to ensure all your outlets are in proper working order. If you do find that your GFCI outlets aren’t responding properly, you should immediately contact your electrician to take a closer look.
How to Reduce Your Overall Energy Consumption
Creating new energy-saving habits in the New Year is not only better for the environment, but can help you save money. A few simple reminders can assist in making it a part of your everyday routine. There are a variety of ways to reduce your energy consumption like turning lights off when you leave a room, unplugging appliances and electronics that aren’t being used, and using energy-efficient lightbulbs. Try to include the entire family in adopting these new habits. Whether you choose to check off one or all of these maintenance techniques, if you do notice that your lights are flickering or something is amiss, don’t hesitate to call the trusted professionals at Best Electrical Services. We can help conduct a thorough home electrical inspection to give your home a clean bill of health going into 2020.
Best Electrical Services wants you to save money and stay safe in the New Year. Best Electrical Services is one of the premier electricians in Northwest Arkansas. Call us today for a complete home electrical system check-up: 479-866-6076