Electrical tips for a cool and trouble-free home this summer

As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, summer brings a unique set of challenges for your home's electrical systems. Here are some electrical tips to keep your home comfortable and running smoothly.

Stay cool, stay efficient
As air conditioners work overtime in the summer, it's crucial to keep them running efficiently. Clean or replace air filters to ensure optimal performance and lower energy consumption. Consider using fans strategically to circulate cool air and ease the burden on cooling systems.

Outdoor electrical precautions
With outdoor activities in full swing, it's essential to prioritise safety. Ensure that all outdoor outlets have weather-resistant covers and are RCD protected or there is risk of electric shock. If they’re not, use RCD extension leads, or for the best overall solution, upgrade your switchboard. Be mindful to keep electrical cords away from pools, sprinklers, and other sources of water activities.

Energy-efficient lighting
Take advantage of longer daylight hours by making the switch to energy-efficient lighting. Replace bulbs with LED bulbs to save energy and reduce heat. Install motion sensor lights for outdoor spaces, enhancing security while conserving energy.

Electrical appliance maintenance
Summer is the perfect time to give your electrical appliances some attention. Clean the coils of your fridge, dust off the vents of your computer, and inspect the wiring on your fans. Regular maintenance improves efficiency and reduces risks of electrical malfunctions.

Plan for storms
Summer storms can bring power outages and electrical issues. Invest in surge protectors to safeguard sensitive electronics. Unplug electronic devices during storms to prevent damage from power surges. Consider installing a generator for essential appliances to maintain comfort during outages.

Ensure a safe, efficient and enjoyable summer at home. Prioritising electrical safety and efficiency allows you to focus on making the most of the season without worrying about potential electrical issues. Contact us, your local family-owned Master Electricians, to get your home summer ready. Our transparent pricing ensures you know exactly what to expect, no surprises. Call us now for a free consultation.

Lewis Rudall
Lake Road Electrical
09 242 2204

Issue 148 December-January 2023