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Winterizing Your Home

Dec 28, 2015

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Winter weather is here, which means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Not only will winterizing your home save you money during the long winter months, it will also help you keep your family electrically safe all winter long. To help you out, LightingtheQCA.com has put together a list of all the components that should be winterized in your home—take a look.

Electrical outlets
Many homeowners don’t know that their outlets can—and should—be winterized. To find out if you would benefit from winterizing your outlets, run your hand along the sides of your outlets; if you feel a draft you might want to consider winterizing the affected outlets in your home. To keep your outlets from letting cold air into your home, you will want to reseal your outlet’s perimeter. There are multiple sealants on the market, so you should contact a certified contractor or electrician to help you determine the best sealant to use in your home.

Space heaters
Before you begin using your space heater this winter, be sure to check its components to ensure it is in good working condition. When inspecting your space heater, look for frayed cords or connectors, burn marks and faulty or exposed wiring. If you notice any of these issues, it may be a sign you need to purchase a new space heater or repair the one you have. Do NOT use a space heater if any of these issues are present; using a space heater with frayed cords or faulty wiring could lead to an electrical fire in your home.

Furnace
“Before turning on your furnace to heat your home this winter, you’ll need to ensure it is good working condition,” explains Tim Koehler from Koehler Electric. “Whether you have an electric or gas furnace, be sure to give it a visual overlook to double check its filter is not clogged and that all elements are in good shape.”

Winterizing your home’s electrical components can help you save money and keep you safe during the frigid months. Visit LightingtheQCA.com to learn more about electrical safety or to contact one of the many certified contractors and electricians we have to offer. 

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