This past week, North America saw some of the lowest temperatures that have ever been recorded and, believe it or not, winter isn’t even half over yet! We always hear about how we need to drip faucets to protect our plumbing from freezing, but what about protecting our home’s electrical system? Winter time poses it’s own threat to your home’s electricity. Here is how you can mitigate some of that risk and stay warm this winter!
Retire those Old Electric Space Heaters
Now, you may be thinking that your old space heater is just fine as long as it still puts out heat, right? Well, that’s not the case. Unfortunately old faithful may keep you nice and warm, but it’s using entirely too much electricity. It’s a good idea to replace these things about every five years to ensure they won’t suck up all of your home’s electricity.
Another reason to get rid of that old space heater is the risk of a fire. Old wiring and no automatic safety shutoff can be a deadly combination. Also, whether it’s old or new, you should NEVER plug a space heater into an extension cord. Space heaters should always plug directly into the wall.
Use a Humidifier
It is super COLD outside, so you’ve probably got your heat turned up a bit more than normal. During the winter, the constantly running heat tends to dry everything out which leads to a huge increase in static electricity. Static electricity can cause all sorts of problems from shocks to electrical fires. You can easily reduce these risks by running humidifiers in the dryer areas of your home, or you can purchase a whole-home humidifier.
Call TriStar Electric, Your Maryland Electrician!
No matter the job, big or small, the professionals at TriStar Electric will be happy to discuss your project and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We offer free in-home consultations, plus an after-hours and emergency phone line for advice or service!
If you have any questions about our electrical repairs or upgrades, please contact TriStar Electric, Maryland’s premier residential and commercial electrician, by calling 410-799-5791 or 301-384-8880. Or, you can fill out the contact form on our website.