When it comes to home maintenance, many homeowners will overlook potential risk factors related to the home’s electrical system. It’s important to keep an eye out for any issues before they become a serious problem that could be costly down the line.
Our electricians at AGK Electric in Cary also want to stress the importance of monitoring the home’s electrical system during the Winter. There are a few common electrical issues that can arise during cold weather like snow or ice storms, so it’s best to learn what they are and how to prepare to prevent them from happening!
3 common electrical problems that can arise during wintry inclement weather are:
- Power outages. Heavy snow and ice storms are notorious for knocking out power in the Triangle area. If you live in an area that is susceptible to power outages during inclement weather, it’s probably a good idea to have a backup generator on standby. Have a licensed electrician come out to inspect your home to assess the risks of power outages and learn more about options for generators.
- Tripped breakers. The winter season brings a high demand for electricity, such as keeping the home warm, using portable heaters, etc. Since the home’s electrical system can be easily overloaded, it might be a good idea to consider a heavy UPS that will increase the current of electricity available to use.
- Portable space heaters. These heaters are convenient in that they’re portable and can really warm up a space quickly. However, they’re a high risk for causing electrical fires and other home fires due to overheating. Keep space heaters away from furniture and fabrics, and be sure to plug them into outlets that aren’t overloaded and unplug them when not in use.
Winter can be a tough time for homeowners who must keep up with the required maintenance and care themselves. The good news is our team of licensed and professional electricians is fully equipped to provide guidance for electrical safety during the rough Triangle winters. To schedule a consultation or learn more about our services, contact AGK Electric today!