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Prepare your home for winter with this electrical checklist

Winter is right around the corner, and it’s time to make sure your house is prepared!

Winter in Michigan can be tough for homeowners, but you can take measures now to prepare for it. Being proactive in your electrical winterization will help keep your family safe and warm all season long.

This article will cover some of the recommended steps to take to winterize your Michigan home.

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature, turning it down when everyone leaves for work in the morning, and then warming the house up just before they get home from school or work.

This simple step can significantly reduce the amount of energy you’re using throughout the day, and it will help your HVAC system to last longer.

Check your breakers

During the winter, your home's electricity load is higher, which can lead to tripped circuit breakers. If you have a breaker that repeatedly trips, call a licensed professional to come check it out.

Replace light fixtures

The most common sign of an issue with your light fixtures or electrical wiring is when a lightbulb repeatedly flickers. If a bulb keeps flickering even after being replaced with a new one, it's important to get the fixture and wiring checked out. This will help prevent electrical fires.

Install or check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be checked monthly, but especially heading into the cold months. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be located in every bedroom, in the hallway outside bedrooms, and on every floor of the home.

If your home does not have these essential safety measures, hire a licensed professional to install them according to national codes.

Replace your furnace filter

Fall is the ideal time to replace filters to ensure your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible as we head into the winter months. We recommend investing in higher quality filters for maximum efficiency and protection.

Winter will be here before you know it, so now is the time to prepare. Take these steps to make sure your home’s electrical systems are operating as safely and securely as possible. If there’s anything we can help with, give us a call!


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