Seasonal To-Do’s for Comfort & Efficiency
Winter is coming to an end and spring is starting to make an appearance, Medport Electric urges you to prepare your home and property for volatile weather patterns, and seasonal changes. Prioritize these chores so your home will stay home safe, energy efficient, and cozy for the months to come.
Maintain your heating and cooling system.
- Heating and cooling maintenance should not be considered optional. Research shows that well-maintained systems last years longer than neglected equipment. Contact your local contractor to get your system inspected or installed, before prices rise.
Test electrical outlets & GFCI outlets.
- Use a receptacle tester from the local hardware store or plug in a lamp or radio. If an outlet isn’t working, it may be a loose wire—or a sign of a bigger problem.
- Plug in a tester or lamp and press the “Test” button. The lamp should turn off. If the GFCI is working properly, the lamp should switch back on when you press “Reset.” If GFCI’s or other outlets are not working properly or if cords feel hot to the touch when you plug or unplug them, call an electrical contractor.
Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.
- Seasonal checks of carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are a good idea. Alarms should sound when you press the “Test” button, and should be replaced every five to 10 years, depending upon manufacturer recommendations.
Prepare your generator for storms.
- Get ready for power outages by inspecting your generator for corrosion, changing the oil, inspect/change the air filter, and filling the gas tank. An electrical professional can provide a thorough generator evaluation to ensure that you’re prepared for storm season. Regular maintenance ensures safe and reliable generator performance.
- At Medport Electric, it is our goal to educate home and business owners while protecting families from preventable risks. Our experienced team of technicians and licensed electricians can assist you with seasonal electrical maintenance, and we have the know-how to manage any electrical project in your home.
- For questions about proper maintenance of your electrical system, or to request a visit from our team, call 509-991-9860 today. We’re happy to help!