When planning your goals and resolutions for New Year’s, Transworld Electric wants to encourage you to consider ways you could improve your home’s electrical system this New Year.
Your electrical system must be up to code to keep your home and family safe. We have put together four ways to help ensure your home’s electrical system is ready for the New Year. 
  1. Test your smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Testing your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors is a simple task that you should actually be doing monthly. Your detectors should have a “test” button. If the alarm sounds, you’re good to go. If not, replace batteries immediately and test again. If it still doesn’t sound, it’s possible there’s simply corrosion on the battery terminal, and it won’t detect new batteries. Clean it and try again. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll likely need a new detector.

      2. Energy Efficient LEDs 

Energy efficient LEDs are a great and simple way you can reduce your energy usage for the year. They use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent buble and last 35-50x longer which will  help you save on maintenance costs as well as energy costs. Another benefit is that they emit very little heat so there is a decreased risk of an electrical fire. 

      3. GFCIs

GFCI is a device that shuts off an electric circuit when it detects that current is following along an unintended path and they are installed by a qualified electrician. They are supposed to be tested every month which can be done easily by using the test and reset buttons. The current National Electric Code requires GFCIs to be installed in all moisture prone areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. The New Year is a great time to make sure you have GFCIs in all the required locations of your home and to test them to make sure they are working and will protect from electrocution. 

     4. Have a whole-house surge protector installed 

These days the average household is filled with expensive electronics and an unexpected power surge can destroy any electronic device along its path and can also cause an electrical fire to occur. Installing a whole-house surge protection is a great way to protect your electronics and appliances from a power surge. These are common during storms and with spring showers and hurricane season, now is a great time to get protection. 

Transworld Electric has been a local, licensed electrical contractor in Charleston, SC since 1987. When you need an electrician in the Charleston, SC area, contact Transworld Electric. Our professional Charleston electricians are licensed, insured, and have over 30 years of experience serving the Charleston, SC area. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (843) 577-3491 or click below for our contact form.

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