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As an Iowa homeowner, you want to make sure your home is safe and energy-efficient. When Daylight Saving Time rolls around, it’s the perfect opportunity to perform some essential electrical checks. Here are some things you should look out for:

1. Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are like the superheroes of our homes, and Daylight Saving Time is the perfect time to test and change their batteries. Make sure you have one on every level of your home, and if you’re not sure, a qualified Des Moines area electrician can help you out. By the way, have you seen us in our capes???

2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors are also important. They detect a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly if not caught in time. Check the batteries and make sure they’re functioning correctly. If you don’t have one, it’s time to get one installed!

3. Thermostat

Your thermostat is like the conductor of your home’s temperature orchestra. Or, staying with the superhero theme, he’s Batman’s “Arnold.” The thermostat is essential to make sure everything and everyone are working correctly, especially if you have a programmable one. If you’re feeling fancy, you can upgrade to a smart thermostat and control your home’s temperature from your phone! The Batcave probably has one. Right?

4. Electrical Outlets & Switches

Electrical outlets and switches are like the introverts of our homes – we don’t pay much attention to them until something goes wrong. Take the time to inspect them for any signs of wear and tear or damage. You might want us to pop out of a phone booth near you if you do notice anything abnormal.

5. Extension Cords & Power Strips

Extension cords and power strips are like the duct tape of our homes. They’re useful but not meant to be used forever. Check them for any damage or wear and tear, and don’t overload them with too many devices – that’s a fire hazard waiting to happen.

6. Appliances

Appliances are like the workhorses of our homes. They’re always there when we need them, but sometimes they need a little TLC. Check them for any damage or wear and tear, and if you’re not sure, a qualified Central Iowa electrician can help you out.

7. Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is like the superhero costume. It can make or break the hero … and your curb appeal. (Robin’s outfit. Just LOL.) Check your outdoor lights to make sure they’re working correctly and replace any burnt-out bulbs. If you want to upgrade to energy-efficient LED lights, you know who to send the signal to!

To wrap, Daylight Saving Time is an excellent time to perform some essential electrical checks in your home. Remember to take it seriously and don’t hesitate to call a professional electrician if you need help. And don’t forget to have a little fun along the way – it’s not every day we get to be superheroes. (Or, maybe it is.)