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Prepare for fall with this electrical checklist

Michigan house in the fall

Fall is right around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing your home!

It’s no secret that fall here in Michigan – and the cold winter months to come - can be tough on homes. You can take measures now to prepare for it. Electrical safety should be at the top of your list.

This article will cover the steps you need to take, and some of the best solutions for your home.

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal because it allows you to turn down the temperature when everyone leaves for school or work in the morning, then turn it up once everyone gets back home. That reduces energy consumption and saves you money, at no inconvenience to your family.

Check circuit breakers

During the winter, your home's electricity load is higher, which can lead to tripped circuit breakers. Call a licensed professional if you have any doubts about whether your circuit breakers are in working order.

Replace light fixtures

The most common sign of an issue with your light fixtures or electrical wiring is when a lightbulb starts to flicker. If a bulb keeps flickering even after being replaced with a new one, it's important to get the fixture and wiring checked out. This will help prevent electrical fires.

Check for loose wires

It's important to check all cords and plugs periodically to ensure there isn't any damage or anything potentially hazardous. Loose or damaged wiring can lead to fires, so take time to go through them thoroughly before the weather gets too cold.

Install or check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked monthly, but especially heading into the cold months. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be located in every bedroom, in the hallway outside bedrooms, and on every floor of the home. If your home does not have these essential safety measures, hire a licensed professional to install them according to national codes.

Replace your furnace filter

Fall is the ideal time to replace all of your filters so that your system is running as efficiently as possible. We recommend investing in the higher-quality filters for maximum efficiency and protection.

Fall – and winter – will be here before you know it, so make sure you’re prepared. Take these steps beforehand to make sure your home is operating as safely and securely as possible. If there’s anything we can help with, give us a call!


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