Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather and spending time with family and friends. It's not the time to worry about electrical problems. Unfortunately, that's what you'll be facing if you're not taking the appropriate steps to avoid them. It doesn't take much for the wiring in your home to suffer problems during the summer, especially if it hasn't been serviced in a while or it's overworked. Here's some important information that will help you avoid electrical problems this summer.
Install Ventilation in Your Attic
If your home is like most, the attic tends to get quite hot during the summer. If it's not adequately ventilated, the heat can cause serious damage to your electrical wiring. You might not realize this, but there's an entire network of electrical wires traversing your entire attic.
While the plastic coating is enough protection under normal circumstances, it's not enough to protect your wiring during periods of extreme heat. If you don't have fans installed in your attic, now's the time to take care of that important detail. The added ventilation will reduce the temperatures inside your attic, which will protect your wiring and help keep your home cooler.
Upgrade Wiring to Protect Against Lightning
If you live in an area that experiences frequent lightning storms during the summer, your wiring should be protected against surge damage. Portable surge protectors do great at protecting your electronic equipment from damage caused by occasional power surges, but they won't do anything to protect your home's electrical system from damage caused by lightning strikes.
Lightning protection systems for your residential wiring work by moving the electrically-charged impulse created by the lightning strike away from your wiring, releasing the charge away from your home. To protect your wiring, talk to your electrician about upgrading to a lightning protection system.
Consider Installing Temporary Wiring for Summer Activities
If you're going to be using additional electrical power this summer, possibly for home renovations, providing electrical power for visiting recreational vehicles, outdoor lighting, or other uses, it's time to consider installing temporary wiring. One of the benefits of installing temporary wiring is that you won't need to use extension cords throughout your home.
Not only that, but once you're done with your summer activities, you can have the temporary wiring removed. Temporary wiring is a safer, more efficient way to obtain the additional power you need during the summer.
If you run into any electrical problems throughout the summer, contact a professional for electrical repair.