How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Warmer Weather with the Right Electrical

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The snow has melted and nature is in bloom which means summer must be right around the corner.

After being cooped up all winter long, there’s nothing more exciting than the thought of spending warm evenings outside with friends and family.

Need to get your backyard into shape for the warmer weather?

We’ve got you covered. The first step is to make sure you’re set up with the right electrical to transform your outdoor space into your summer playground.

Here’s how the right electrical can make this happen.

Outdoor Lights

During the warmer weather months, spending time outdoors is a must.

Whether you’re inviting some friends over to hang out or cozying up with a good book alone, the proper lighting can make or break the ability to enjoy the outdoor space.

If your backyard already has electrical outlets, you’re off to a good start. However, you’ll want to be sure to test the outlets first before you go through the trouble of stringing up the lights only to find out the electrical isn’t working.

If your backyard is lacking electrical outlets altogether, you’ll want to have a few installed to make your life easier.

There are step-by-step guides to running electric from indoors to out and installing an outlet on your own. Nevertheless, you’ll likely want to hire a professional to ensure the job is done correctly.

Be sure the lights you purchase are meant for outdoor use so they can weather water damage and other elements.

Let’s Cook

After you can have the lighting taken care of, why not cook? Warmer weather calls for delicious BBQ food straight off the grill.

Does that grill have somewhere to plug into?

Many BBQ’s are electric and need to be plugged into an outlet in order to be operated. You’ll want to be sure that between the outdoor lights and the BBQ, you have enough outlets. Therefore, you may want to consider installing a double outlet.

There are extension cords made to work with electric grills, so you have much more freedom about where in your yard you can place your BBQ. You can always run a cord to the area necessary and hide the wires as needed.

Spa Day

Thinking about installing an outdoor stand-alone spa this summer?

These require certain electric specifications in order to be properly installed. This is also a relatively large undertaking if your yard is not already retrofitted for this type of appliance. Be sure to elicit the expertise of a professional electrician, especially because this installation involves water.

You’ll have to determine that your electrical service is prepared to accommodate the additional load. You’ll need a minimum of 100 amp, with 150-200 amp being preferable.

You can determine this information by looking at the ratings, typically listed at the top of your circuit breaker.

Once you’ve gathered this information, you’ll have a better idea of whether your home’s electrical system can withstand a spa install or if you need to make adjustments or potentially upgrade your system in order to make this work.

The Right Electrical

The start of summer is the perfect time to take inventory of your yard and decide what changes you’d like to make to further enjoy your outdoor space this coming season.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding system upgrades or ways we can help you to get the most out of your space with the right electrical.

Signal Alarms and Electric is an electrical contractor in Southern California providing full capacity electrical contracting services for new construction, renovations, tenant improvements, service upgrades, exterior, interior and landscape lighting, retrofits and service installations in the Southern California/Los Angeles County area.