In the hot and humid summer months, your electrical system —especially the cooling system— are undeniably important. A fully functioning property with continuous, cool air can help any family survive the heat. Therefore, it is extremely important to take extra care of your electrical system during the summer.

Annual Maintenance on A/C: The A/C unit is the most necessary electrical appliance during sweltering days. It makes the difference between enjoying the good weather and sweating in every room of your own home. In order to ensure that your cooling unit is running effectively —and not overtaxing the electrical system as a whole— regular maintenance on air conditioners should be routinely scheduled. This can include replacing filters, fixing any leaks in vents, and overall maintaining the lifespan and output of the device.

Set Automatic Temperature High: When you’re not home and using the house, don’t overload your cooling system by programming in a lower temperature to be continuously maintained. Instead, set the automatic temperature higher when everyone is away. Leaving the temperature at a value closer to 85 degrees than 75 degrees (or below) during the inactive parts of the day can significantly reduce the burden your A/C unit has to bear. This small change can make a huge impact on

Examine Your Fridge: The refrigerator is one of the biggest drains of energy in the house, especially during the hot summer months. To avoid over-consuming energy during the summer, be sure that all of your fridge’s seals are kept clean and tightly closed. This ensures that no cool air escapes out into the environment. Additionally, be sure to keep your fridge and freezer’s temperatures operating in the appropriate range of temperatures. The fridge should be between 37 and 40 degrees while the freezer’s temperature should be between 0 and 5 degrees.

Grill: Rather than exerting a huge amount of energy by cooking with an oven during the hot summer months, use an outdoor grill instead. Not only is outdoor grilling delicious and exciting, it can also help cut down on energy costs. The heat released and energy consumed by cooking with an oven in the summer is not worth the benefits. By simply inviting over a group of friends and enjoying some grilled meat or vegetables, you can significantly help maintain your electrical system during the summer.

Overuse of electrical appliances can overwhelm and negatively affect your electrical system as a whole. Taking a few of these simple steps are easy ways to maintain your electrical system during the summer.  Protect and preserve your property by ensuring that your electrical system works efficiently for as long as possible.