Electrical Upgrades to Do This Summer
Between high humidity, near daily thunderstorms, and soaring temperatures, summers in northeast Florida are notoriously wet and hot. Be prepared to beat the heat by making sure these home systems are upgraded and running efficiently before the season kicks into high gear.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
One of the most advanced gadgets available today, smart thermostats just keep getting better at saving you money. The best models are equipped with some terrific features like:
- Remote access for easy and convenient temperature control.
- Push notifications when your home's temperature changes.
- Customizable temperature range settings.
- Wi-Fi connection for weather alerts.
- Integration with mobile devices.
- Auto-scheduling capabilities.
There are even models that send you an alert when your HVAC system isn't working properly or if there are critical changes to your unit's energy efficiency.
Learn How to Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently
Unfortunately, most people say they never get around to programming their thermostat because it seems too complicated or they're not sure how to do it. With heating and cooling savings of up to 10% per year, though, it's definitely worth learning how to do it. The U.S. Energy Department says the best thermostat is the one you can "set and forget."
There are four types of programmable thermostats: 7-day, 5-1-1, 5-2, and 1-week programmable. Each season requires a separate program for optimum use of your HVAC system. During warmer months, the best temperature to set the thermostat to for maximum efficiency is 78 degrees. On days when you don't need the AC, the unit should be turned off manually. Other tips include:
- Increase the temperature setting 20 to 30 minutes before you leave home each day.
- Remotely turn the preset cooling temperature back on before you come home.
- Reduce the cooling an hour before you turn in for the night.
- Increase cooling about a half-hour before you get up.
Smart thermometers also give you peace of mind and save you money when you travel during the summer months.
Ground All Circuits
Install GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets wherever electrical connections are exposed to water or moisture in order to prevent shocks, burns, and other serious injuries. Bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements are the most common areas. Make sure all major appliances plug into grounded outlets as well. If you have a hot tub or pool, electrical connections should be fully grounded. A qualified, professional electrician can ensure all your connections are safe.
Get Your Maintenance Scheduled
To beat the rush, now's the best time to schedule maintenance for your home's electrical system to ensure it's in good working condition. Typical services can include:
- Locating potential electrical hazards and/or existing problems.
- Testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, electrical receptacles, and mechanical parts.
- Inspecting cables, meters, termination points, exterior grounding points, and proper mounting of equipment.
- Checking the operation and size of the main breaker.
- Looking for loose termination points and acceptable amperage readings.
- And more.
Stay Cool This Summer
It's tempting to focus on outdoor projects during the summer months, but don't forget to make the inside of your home as comfortable as it can be. These electrical upgrades are a great way to do that. To learn more or to schedule a home electrical inspection, contact David Gray Electrical Services online or call us at (904) 724-7211.