Routine electrical maintenance is vital to your family’s and your home’s safety. It can also prevent the need for extensive and costly repairs in the future. While ideally you would have a professional electrician come in once a year or so to perform a thorough inspection, there are key areas of your home you can keep an eye on in the meantime.

The first area is your HVAC system. Malfunctioning HVAC systems can cause extreme heat variations, which can be dangerous or even life-threatening for young and elderly persons. You can avoid this hazard entirely, however, with properly scheduled electrical maintenance.

Another area to check is your outdoor lighting. Outdoor lights and fixtures are subject to the whims of Mother Nature on a constant basis, meaning they could need repairs more frequently. Keep up with maintenance and repairs to ensure your outdoor lighting continues to do its job, such as deter thieves and guide your way.

A third and final area to check is your DIY fixes. Though going the do-it-yourself route can give you a great sense of satisfaction (and save money), there are some jobs best left to the professionals, such as those involving electrical. If you DIYed something in the past, have an electrician come in and check your handiwork (and possibly tweak it) today.