Tips for summer-ready electricity

CHARLOTTE – If your electrical system isn’t working properly this summer, your home won’t be able to power your air conditioning units, freezer and swimming pool, making summer days very uncomfortable. For your safety and convenience, we have compiled a list below to help you educate your local electrician about summer prep and better understand their process.

1. Your HVAC system should have an AC tune-up once a year. This service is usually more extensive than maintenance and assesses your system for major energy losses and ways to reduce your monthly electricity costs.

2. Install GFCI outlets near any water, including swimming pools, to redirect stray voltage away from your home and family, increasing safety by preventing accidental electrocution.

3. When adding a large item like a hot tub, it can damage your electrical panel and even cause a fire if it doesn’t have the capacity to handle more current. A sub-panel connects to the same system as your current electrical panel but provides an additional unit.

4. Consider getting a generator for storm season to provide electricity in the event of a power outage! Talk to your local electrician about installing a manual transfer switch to power your home from a portable generator during a power outage. A whole house backup generator is also an option that would require an automatic transfer switch which should be installed by a professional electrician.

If you have any questions or concerns about panels and generators, call GB Electrical Services at (980) 500-2378 or visit

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Greg Barthelemy

Greg lives in Mint Hill with his wife and three children. He has worked as an electrician for over 25 years. Greg’s company, GB Electrical Services, specializes in home security service and repair. GB Electrical Services has grown since 2008 and now proudly employs 9 with 5 trucks serving our community.