It may just be past Labor Day and you are looking forward to a few days of Indian Summer, but Old Man Winter will eventually be knocking on the doors and windows of your home. Don’t wait until there is a blizzard blanketing your yard to cope with the conditions of the toughest season. The following are three simple things you can do to ready your home electrically for winter.
Ceiling Fan Reversal
Most people associate their ceiling fans as an easy and cost effective way to keep areas of the home cool during warmer days. However, ceiling fans can play a part in your overall heating strategy for the colder seasons. Reverse the position of your ceiling fan switch so that it draws air toward the ceiling, allowing a more even distribution of heating to areas of your house. Ceiling fans not only improve efficiency of your heating system, it will save money on your utility bills.
Although it seems obvious, one aspect of winter many people forget is the fact that there will be much less daylight. Longer periods of darkness will result in heavier use of lighting and increased utility bills. However, planning ahead will let you conserve electricity and your finances. LED light bulbs not only last much longer than outdated incandescent bulbs, they also are designed to use much less energy. Install them indoors and in the fixtures that light your outdoor areas and you will certainly save money.
When your power gets knocked out during the summer, the worst case scenario is maybe a hotter day or night and having to barbecue to cook dinner. A power outage during the winter has the potential to be much more serious and hazardous. The temperature at night can fall below freezing, and people who are sick and elderly may not be able to cope with the cold. Install a standby generator that will be ready to provide power a few moments after the electricity from the utility is shut off.
Electrical Peace of Mind
Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:
- Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
- Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
- Electrical Service & Repair
- Specialty Electrical Services
For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.