Spring cleaning often includes cleaning your home from top to bottom and getting rid of things you no longer use. Did you know a good Spring scrubbing should also consist of cleaning your electrical system? Find out what to do and start sweeping out the dust!
How to Clean Your Electrical System
Inspecting the outlets in your home can prevent fires, protect your appliances from damage, and preserve the functionality of devices. With the use of a multimeter, you can test your outlets to make sure you have a reading of 120 volts. Also, make sure to check the ground wire. Note that a reading higher than 120 volts can cause fires and a voltage lower than 120 can cause your appliances and lighting to poorly function poorly.
Clean Exhaust Fans
Kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans move air from these rooms to the outside of your home. Kitchen exhaust fans remove strong food odors, smoke, and steam from pots and pans when you’re cooking. Bathroom exhaust fans remove steam from hot showers, unpleasant smells, and prevent growth of mold and mildew. Make sure you clean your kitchen and exhaust fans at least once per year.
Clean the Light Switches
- Before cleaning the light switches, turn off the power to your home
- Use a damp cloth with an all-purpose cleaner
- Spray the cleaner on the rag and not directly on the light switch plate
- Wipe the plates and the area around it
- You can use a cotton swab to reach the cracks and crevices
- Wipe the plate with a dry microfiber cloth.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
To test detectors, push the test button to make sure they are working correctly. And of course, always replace the batteries at least once a year.
Most important, always contact a local residential electrician should you notice any issues with your electrical system. At Tim Kyle Electric, your family’s safety is our priority. From repairs, rewiring, and smart home upgrades to new kitchen lighting, we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for our residential electrical services.