Autumn is known as a good time to conduct maintenance and repairs on a home to fix damage caused by summer storms and prepare for winter. You may typically think in terms of roof and siding repair, but there is more to your house than exterior cosmetics. The fall is also a good time to inspect your electric systems and assure they are functioning properly according to the needs of you and your family.
Routine Maintenance and Electric Systems
Routine electrical maintenance assures your peace of mind as the winter approaches. If you have a backup generator, you'll want to make sure it's working properly and not going to fail if the power goes out. You also want to make sure your outlets and breakers are functioning as a short is a safety hazard anytime of the year, but especially during the winter when the outdoor weather is uncomfortable. In the worst case situation, should a fire start, you won't have time to dress for outdoors before leaving the house and if a short is going to cause a fire, it will happen when you least expect it.
Adding Outlets for Holiday Lighting
Another electrical consideration is the additional lighting you use for the holiday season. Additional outlets can be useful and practical by allowing designated plug-ins for your lighting or potentially for guests to use for charging batteries or bathroom beauty appliances if they stay overnight without altering the setup you're used to using throughout the rest of the year. Adding breakers can reduce the additional load from a specific series, which is another safety consideration. A final thought is adding an extra outlet may allow you to rearrange a room to allow for holiday decorations without having to give up a TV or lamp.
New Fixtures for the Winter Months Indoors
Because during the winter you're going to spend more time indoors, autumn is a great time to think about new light fixtures and ceiling fans to help maintain a comfortable indoor atmosphere. Replacing your current lighting can make the room feel a little nicer, but you can also add ambient lighting for a cozy feel or direct lighting to highlight your favorite art pieces. Additional lighting can help accent a focal point in a room, light cabinetry to make the kitchen more comfortable when preparing winter meals, or make a comfortable reading spot. The extent of what lighting can do is only limited by your creativity and imagination.
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