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How To Safeguard Your Home Against Winter Electrical Hazards

Electrical Winter: What You Need to Know

With the cold winter months comes more than just snow and sub-zero temperatures. Electrical winter is a real phenomenon that can cause your electrical system to become overworked and even cause breakdowns in some cases.

Here are three essential considerations you should consider to help protect your home or business from electrical winter.

1. Protect Your Outlets

Defective outlets are one of the most common causes of electrical breakdowns during the cold winter. Especially if your home or business was not recently renovated.. Cold temperatures can cause the wiring to contract, resulting in loose connections at outlet receptacles, leading to short circuits and power outages.

Make sure all of your outlets are secure and properly insulated, especially those that are located outdoors or near windows/doors where cold drafts may come in contact with them. Contact a licensed electrician for assistance if you need help with how to inspect your outlets for potential problems.

2. Upgrade Your Wiring

Another important consideration when preparing for electrical winter is upgrading your wiring system. Older homes often have outdated wiring systems that may not be up to code or able to handle the load of modern appliances and electronics found in many households today.

 

It's also a good idea to check for any exposed wires or faulty connections that could pose a safety risk if left unchecked during the colder months ahead. A professional electrician can take care of this issue quickly and safely so that you won't have anything to worry about as far as potential fire hazards go.

3. Invest in Surge Protection

Finally, it's always wise to invest in surge protection before the winter season hits full swing. This will help protect any sensitive electronic equipment from spikes in electricity caused by sudden changes in temperature or other environmental factors outside of your control (such as snow accumulation on power lines).

Consider installing an automatic generator switch to keep your appliances running uninterrupted if there's ever an unexpected power outage due to severe weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.

Your Trusted Electricians at Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

It's essential to protect against potential electrical breakdowns due to extreme temperatures and power surges caused by snow accumulation on power lines or other environmental factors outside our control. By following these tips and working with a licensed electrician at Ostrom Electrical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning when needed, you can rest assured knowing that we’ve done everything possible to keep yourself and your family safe this winter season! Call us at (540) 253-1559 to learn more.

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