How To Complete That Spring 'Honey-Do' List

     

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The ground has thawed and the leaves are budding.  Spring is a time of new beginnings and renewal.  It is also a time when the extended day shines a spot light on those home and garden improvement projects that have hibernated all winter.  The list extends from cleaning up the leaves and limbs outside to paint touch up and ceiling fan installations inside.  If you are “lucky” enough to have a pending event – Prom pictures, Holy Communion, Bar Mitzvah, or Graduation – the stop watch is running.  Enclosed are a few helpful hints that could make your list melt away like last month’s snow.

Outdoor Projects

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  • When it comes to your exterior work, there is no such thing as fashionably late.  You want to have those projects complete before the weather gets too hot.  The bulk of the work may involve simple clean-up, however, the winter’s howling winds and flying limbs may have caused some undetected damage.  For the security of your home and family insure that the exterior lighting is working properly or if bulbs need to be changed.  Flickering lights could be a sign of underlying damage.  We often think dimming or flickering lights are caused by a power surge, however, flickering lights can be a symptom of a wiring red flag.  Many home inspection professionals and electrical contractors offer basic security inspections for a small fee or included with another service appointment.  These small preventative corrections can save hundreds of dollars for wide-scale repairs or insurance deductibles. 

Indoor Projects

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  • Air conditioning or cooling may seem like a simple comfort but you need to maintain your equipment.  The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) says that a well-maintained cooling system will run more effectively, use less energy, and lower your energy bills. With that in mind, contact a professional heating and cooling contractor to inspect your system.  This could be the perfect time to consider an advanced, energy efficient zoned system that can cool just one room or be strategically zoned for a large home.    This is a great time of year to get a free estimate or take advantage of pre-season savings for installation.  If your needs are not that sophisticated, it’s a great time to install those ceiling fans to keep the air moving.  Don’t wait for those 100 degree days to think about cooling your home. 
  • This may also be a season when you consider tackling a home renovation or addition.  It’s great to organize or create new space.  Don’t forget to consider lighting or wiring needs for the space.  If you are adding square footage to your home, you may need to upgrade your electrical panel to accommodate the new space.  This is also a great time to consider recessed lighting, dimmer switches, USB charging ports and security surveillance features.  To ensure that these home automation and comfort features are installed properly and safely, consult a local professional. 

If you are looking for professional help, there are a few things to consider.  Contractors tend to specialize; some concentrate on new construction, some just in commercial work, and some go only on service calls to fix dead outlets or faulty fixtures.  Those who specialize in remodeling have mastered techniques for wiring existing homes and additions, such as snaking wires through finished walls, assessing the capacity of existing circuits and evaluating whether to install an additional service panel (where the circuit breakers are) to handle increased power demands.  If you would like to discuss your project and what you may potentialy need, feel free to call your friendly, home specialists at GEN3 Electric.

About The Author

Walter works on GEN3's daily Operations and Marketing, including maintaining our website. He's learned a great deal about electrical service in his time at GEN3 and looks forward to learning more and sharing everything he learns.