Good Electrical Have a Checklist For Your Spring Clean

Tuesday 7 August 2018, 6:39PM
By Beckie Wright

Winter is practically over, and we are all looking forward to the warmer months, and we all enjoy a good spring clean to make sure everything is working well in the home. Good Electrical have put together a spring clean/electrical checklist, and first on the list is your electrical system’s voltage.

As the temperatures rise, we can be sure a thunderstorm or two will come our way, and while it can be fun to watch lightning streak across the sky, those strikes can cause spikes in your electrical system's voltage -- which can fry your electronics! To protect your most valuable appliances, ensure that your home is fitted out with high-quality surge protectors.

Outdoor electrical outlets should be covered at all times to protect against those frequent spring rains, and it is a good idea to take a walk around the outside of your home to ensure that wintry weather hasn't damaged the covers. If anything is broken, you should replace it.

Warm evenings mean lounging on the deck after the sun goes down, so it only makes sense that you would want to add some ambient to your garden with landscape lighting. But if better outdoor lighting is on your electrical checklist this spring, you should be sure to enlist a professional, as installing garden lighting can require digging trenches, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you may accidentally strike utility lines -- leading to hefty fines.

Energy Safety – http://www.energysafety.govt.nz/consumer/safe-living-with-electricity/elecrical-equipment-and-applicances/cords-and-leads reports that extension cords are responsible for hundreds of injuries every year. This is because extension cords aren't meant to be permanent solutions, since they can become frayed and overheated when used indefinitely. If extension cords are part of a home's daily electrical usage, you should be sure to replace them or better yet -- have an electrician from Good Electrical install more electrical outlets in your home.

Most people aren't aware that ceiling fans spin in both directions! In warmer weather they need to adjust their ceiling fan so that it pushes air down. (This ensures that the cool air coming out of their air conditioner stays where you can feel it, which eases the burden on the air conditioner.) You can make this adjustment by stepping carefully onto a stool and locating the direction switch on the fan, then switching it so that the fan turns counter-clockwise.

If you need help with any of these springtime electrical tasks, you should contact the team at Good Electrical today, and to find out more about Auckland electrical, electricians Auckland and Auckland electricians please go to www.aucklandelectrican.co.nz .