Creating an Electrifying Backyard This Summer Has Never Been Easier!

Upgrade Your Backyard for Summer Guests

As summer rolls around, homeowners will want to impress their guests. There are so many Summer holidays to celebrate and backyard barbeques to host, so why not make a few upgrades to the backyard?

4th of July celebrations and summer family cookouts are common during July. A few backyard upgrades can make the atmosphere inviting and more fun for guests. A few electrical upgrades can even inspire guests and family members to visit more often.

Review Lighting Options

Outdoor lighting makes all the difference during the summer, especially for homeowners that choose personalized designs. Landscape lighting, for example, is perfect for illuminating rare and beautiful plants, trees, shrubs, and decorations in the front yard and backyard. This allows homeowners to choose what aspects of their yard they want to spotlight. 

Another amazing lighting option for the outside is string lights or fairy lights. They are easy to find and sold in most big box stores. String lights are also easy to put up and change. They come in many colors and patterns and look great on a backyard patio. SMART lights are even better since homeowners can control them with a button on their phones.

Be Prepared with a Generator

generatorA generator is a good investment for homeowners that live in cities and states where severe weather or power outages are common. Although it may not be every year that a major weather event directly affects a home, homeowners can’t predict when something will happen.

Generators are great because they prevent food from spoiling during a power outage and allow homeowners to avoid the cost of replacing the wasted food. Generators are also an important safety net for those who rely on medical equipment. Access to hot water and electricity during an outage is impossible without a generator. Sometimes intense heat spells can also cause blackouts and power outages, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

Install a Pool or Hot Tub

poolWhat makes a backyard party even better? The installation of a pool or hot tub! Pools and hot tubs add property value to a home since they are in-demand items that can cost buyers a lot. This investment is not only friendly to the property value but also something for the whole family to enjoy!

However, hot tubs and pools that use motors and lights ‌use electricity. Since this is the case, it is important to call a professional electrician knowledgeable about electric codes and regulations. If the wires and electrical work for a pool or hot tub are not correctly installed, it could cause a fire or power shortage.

Pools and hot tubs are a lot of fun, but homeowners need to maintain them. They are beautiful additions to a backyard but can cost extra money on each water and electric bill. Before calling for a hot tub installation, keep these facts in mind! Homeowners looking to enjoy their hot summer days and nights to the fullest should install hot tubs and pools for the BBQ season.

About Modern Electrical Services

Modern Electrical Services has provided the residents of Haverhill, MA, and the surrounding areas with quality customer service since 2016. They offer same-day service, straightforward pricing, and on-time service. Call them today for electrical services in Haverhill, MA.

Electrical Safety Tips to Keep the Summer Safe

Make May “Electrical Safety Month”

During the summer, homeowners become acutely aware of the power consumption in their homes. Once families kick on the AC and the bills spike, everyone starts paying attention. That makes now a good time to discuss electrical safety. Here are some tips for families to keep the home safe over the summer. 

Remember to Stop Overloading Outletsoutlets

One of the biggest problems that can arise in the electrical system is the result of overloaded outlets. In extreme cases, overloaded outlets can overheat to the point they ignite and start an electrical fire. In most cases, the outlet wears out faster, trips breakers, and damage electronics. 

Overloaded outlets are more common than ever since so many more electrical devices are available now. Too often, people use outlet splitters to add chargers, computers, and lamps to one outlet. These devices cause the outlet to use more power than it was designed to. To prevent problems resulting from overloaded outlets:

  • Split loads up between different outlets
  • Use power strips with overload protection
  • Don’t turn on too many devices pulling power from one outlet – i.e., running a fan, a lamp, and a computer on one outlet.


Get Familiar with Correct Wattage

For homeowners that aren’t familiar with the term “wattage,” there is no need to be ashamed. “Wattage” is a common term in the electrical field that communicates the power needs for a certain fixture or appliance. The easiest and most familiar way to understand wattage is by looking at light bulbs. This method has become harder to understand with LED lighting since they use far fewer watts than incandescent bulbs, but the principles are the same. 

Light bulbs that are brighter need to consume more power than dimmer bulbs. The power consumption of both light bulbs will be measured in watts, but the brighter bulb’s wattage will be higher. This is especially important when it comes to replacing light bulbs. Light fixtures are rated to handle a certain wattage. 

The wattage is usually etched into the light fixture or written on a sticker. Light bulbs with lower wattages than listed can be used. Higher wattages risk overheating the fixture and causing a fire, especially when using incandescent bulbs since they also produce more heat. 

Leave Electrical Work to the Professionals 

Most people aren’t so bold as to decide to work on the electrical system in their own house. However, some plucky homeowner always wants to save a buck and doesn’t mind risking their home in the process. In reality, it’s always better to hire a licensed electrician to do the work. Some of the reasons professional electricians are necessary are:

  • Electricians have years of training so they can understand complex electrical problems
  • Electricians can more safely complete their work because they know it better
  • Homeowners can void their insurance by making their own electrical repairs
  • Electricians carry special insurance that protects homeowners in the event of extra damage 

In the long run, hiring a professional is always the safest bet. Peace of mind is too valuable to put a price on. 

About Modern Electrical Services

Modern Electrical Services has provided its neighbors in Haverhill and Essex County, MA, with quality service and personalized solutions since 2016. They offer same-day service, straightforward pricing, on-time service, and 24-hour live answers. Call them today for electrical services in Groveland, MA.