It’s time to start putting up those holiday lights and decorations, but electric companies in Houston and nationwide have some advice. One of the most common reasons that your circuits get tripped is because they’re overloaded, and the power load on circuits increases during the holidays. Previously, A&H Electric has discussed tips for outdoor holiday lighting, so let’s talk about keeping that power on during the holidays.
Reasons for a Tripped Breaker
Any electrician can attest to the fact that the three main reasons for a tripped breaker are overloaded circuits, shorts in wiring, and old breaker boxes. Your breakers can fail at any time, especially if it’s near the end of its life, but this time of the year is the most common time for overloads and shorts.
Keeping Breakers from Tripping
When hanging décor, make sure to nail into studs, rather than directly into drywall. The weight of whatever you’re attaching isn’t an issue, but potentially sending a nail through wiring behind your drywall is. If this happens, there is a substantial risk for short-circuiting, tripping breakers, and even fire hazards.
It’s getting colder all over the country, so now may be the time you bring out electric blankets or space heaters. Before you plug these items in, inspect your plugs and cords. If you see chew marks, cuts, exposed wires, or any other damage, don’t use them!
You can’t replace a breaker with one that’s rated for higher amps without upgrading all your wiring, so how do you prevent overloading all the time? Breakers are designed to cut electricity when circuits are overloaded and overheating to avoid fires.
Unplugging appliances that aren’t in use can help. Electricity’s still running into these devices when they’re off, unplugging them reduces your draw. For anyone that uses hairdryers, straighteners, and curlers, spread them out. They draw more electricity than you think, so using too many devices can overload your circuit.
Limit the number of extension cords and power strips you use during the holidays. Regular usage of these accessories is fine to set up your TV and gaming systems. Constant use of power strips for holiday decorations can overload circuits.
When you’re deciding whether to use incandescent string lights or LED string lights, reach for the LED products. Incandescent lighting uses twice the amount of electricity, and you can only connect two strands at a time. LED lights will use a fraction of the power and are perfect for decorating your entire yard, roof, and the front of your house.
Professional Electric Companies in Houston
If you have any questions about your electrical wiring or your electric systems this holiday season, call quality electric companies in Houston for professional answers. A&H Electric specializes in the installation, repair, and service of electrical wiring systems in both commercial and residential properties throughout Conroe and the surrounding communities of Texas. Contact us today at (936) 756-0442 for more information or to schedule an appointment.