Month: May 2022

8 Reasons You Should Add Outdoor Lighting To Your Home

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8 Reasons You Should Add Outdoor Lighting To Your Home

With summer quickly approaching, chances are you’ll be spending more time outdoors. To make your space more inviting and welcoming to both you and your guests, consider adding outdoor lighting to your home. There are many benefits to doing so. Here are 8 reasons you should consider adding lighting to your outside space this year.

1. Increased Safety After Dark

When it’s dark, it’s harder to see. With outdoor lighting, though, you can avoid stumbling and tripping over things in the dark. Exterior lighting and can illuminate a dark area, which makes it so you and your guests have an easier time navigating your property than they would if it was dark and hard to see.

2. Reduces Risk of Break-Ins

Burglaries and vandalism are less likely to happen when there’s light. Not only that, but if you’re having and outdoor get together this summer, it’ll make your guests feel safer when outside whether they’re walking to their car, or hanging out in your backyard.

3. Adds Curb Appeal

Outdoor lighting can really spruce up your outdoor space and accent features of your home that you often tend to overlook. Because you can add lighting to your garden, trees, ponds, and fountains, you’re able to show off your property and showcase certain aspects of your home that aren’t seen at night when it’s dark.

4. Extends Time Spent Outside

When the sun goes down, often people take that as a sign it’s time to go inside. With outdoor lighting, though, your party doesn’t have to end so soon. It’ll make it much more pleasant for people to stay outside well into the evening.

5. Increases the Value of Your Home – And Helps You Sell Faster!

Thinking about selling your home this year? Outdoor lighting can increase the value of your home and make it more attractive and appealing to potential home buyers. When your property is well-lit, it can add beauty to a buyer’s experience, while also making the property look bigger, well-maintained and more welcoming than a home that has no outdoor lighting at all.

6. It Looks Good All Year Long

No matter what season it is, outdoor lighting looks great all year long. Whether the snow is blowing or the sun is shining, invest in outdoor lighting. You can highlight a beautiful holiday tree in the winter, or your garden in the spring and summer.

7. It’s Cost-Effective

If you are using LEDs to illuminate your property, it’s actually not as expensive as you may think. Converting to lower watt LED bulbs will save you money on power in the long run. Not only are LED bulbs a cost-effective option for outdoor lighting, but you can also invest in timers and dimming features to help you save on your electrical bill.

8. Reduces Inspects and Pests

Have you ever noticed that spiders, rats, mosquitoes and other insects and pests seem to come out at night? Most inspects and pests prefer darkness. With outdoor lighting, you can deter many of these unwanted visitors from your yard and gardens.

Contact Weeks Service Company Today For All Your Outdoor Lighting Needs In League City, TX and Surrounding Areas!

Since 1972, Weeks Service Company has been providing quality, professional lighting services to people in League City, Houston, and the surrounding areas. If you’re ready to make your outdoor space aesthetically appealing, give Weeks Service Company a call today. You can reach us at 346-595-7575 or contact us online here.

Electrical Safety Month: How To Minimize Your Home’s Electrical Hazards

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Electrical Safety Month: How To Minimize Your Home’s Electrical Hazards

May is National Electrical Safety Month. This month is all about educating people about electrical-related injuries, fatalities, fire and property loss as a result of electrical hazards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the U.S. ever year. The National Fire Protection Association also reports that there are around 51,000 home electrical fires each year – claiming nearly 500 lives and injuring more than 1,400 people. Luckily, there are ways that you, as a homeowner, can minimize your home’s electrical hazards. Keep you and your family safe this year by following these tips.

1. Check Bulbs For Correct Wattage

Inspect your light bulbs, both inside and outside, for correct wattage. This will not only help prolong the life of your light bulbs, but it’ll also ensure they don’t burn through the socket. Ig your light bulbs are currently using excessive wattage, it can produce additional heat and increase the risk of fire hazards.

2. Unplug Power Tools That Aren’t In Use

Are you planning on doing some home renovation projects this summer? Maybe you’re doing work out in the yard or around the house. Whatever you have planned, make sure you’re unplugging any power tools that you’re not using. This helps avoid fires and/or electric shocks.

3. Don’t Touch Electrical Devices When Wet

With summer right around the corner, it’s important you don’t find yourself swimming with shocks. If you have a pool or hot tub, make sure that people who are swimming or wet don’t touch electrical devices before they dry off. This includes items like the radio and plugged in cell phones. Water and electricity do not mix.

4. Install GFCI Outlets

GFCI outlets, also known as ground-fault circuit interrupters, should be installed anywhere there’s a water source present.

5. Avoid Overloading Your Circuits

Circuits can only handle so much of an electrical load before they get overloaded and short-circuit. The most obvious sign that you have a circuit overload on your hands is a tripped breaker and shutting off all the power. Not only can exceeding the rated load for the circuit wiring cause the breaker to trip, but it can also cause the circuit wiring to overheat. This can melt the insulation and cause a fire.

6. Always Clean Lint Traps

Do you always forget to clean out the lint trap in your dryer? Consider this your sign to go clean it out right now! Lint is extremely flammable, and if you neglect to change out the lint trap before drying your clothes, you run the risk of it catching fire. The chance of that happening only increases the more you ignore it.

7. Replace Old Appliances

If you have an appliance that has reached the end of its usable life, then it’s time to consider a replacement. A rogue spark from an appliances cords can easily jump to a flammable material – like a kitchen towel – creating an electrical fire before you know it.

8. Test Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

All this talk about potential fires leads us to one very important tip – test your alarms and detectors! The batteries can die, and other parts of the alarms and detectors in your home can wear out over time. If you test them regularly and replace batteries as needed, you’ll ensure your family stays safe if there were to ever be a fire in your home, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

9. Throw Away Damaged Cords

If you notice any of your extension cords are damaged or frayed, throw them out and replace them. A cord that is frayed, for example, means that the live wire is likely exposed – leaving you prone to electrical fires. Stay safe and throw out cords that are damaged or frayed.

10. Schedule An Electrical Inspection

Last but certainly not least, schedule an electrical inspection with a pro. Each year, it’s a good idea to have a professional electrician out to your home to inspect all the electrical components of your house. It can help ensure everything is in good working condition, and there are no serious electrical hazards to be worried about. However, if they do come across anything concerning, they can fix it right away before it becomes a major problem.

Contact Weeks Service Company Today For All Your Electrical Needs In League City, TX and Surrounding Areas!

Since 1972, Weeks Service Company has been providing quality, professional electrical service to people in League City, Houston, and the surrounding areas. Whether you need an electrical repair, installation, replacement, inspection, or maintenance, we are here for all your electrical needs. Give us a call at 346-595-7575 or contact us online here.