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Go GREEN with Solar power

Let us show you how to live green and save money.

According to the US Department of Energy, national average electric rates have increased by 5% each year since 1970, and this trend is expected to continue. So if your electric bill is $200 you will be looking at $260-$280 soon.

How does a solar electric system work?

Solar electric, or photostatic (PV), systems generate electricity silently and without any moving parts. The systems consist of solar panels, which create direct current (DC) power from sunlight and convert the direct current power to the alternating current (AC) power that matches the utility grid. A solar electric system sends power into a home by tying directly into its electrical system at the load center or a sub-panel, offsetting the amount of electricity purchased from the utility.

Do panels work in cloudy weather?

Yes, although they produce less electricity. Production estimates for solar electric systems typically take into account 30-year historic weather data from The National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This means that any losses due to weather are already factored in, usually within plus or minus 9% for any given year.

Will a Solar in a Box system work if the utility grid power goes out?

If the grid power goes down, the utility requires that the solar system will shut down. This is to protect utility line workers that will be repairing the grid power lines. The system will automatically shut down if power is out, and it will automatically restart when grid power is turned on.

How much value will a solar electric system add to a home?

According to The Home Appraisal Journal, an energy efficiency improvement like solar will add 20x the first year savings to the value of the home. A solar equipped home will have lower operating costs than a non-solar home.

What about extreme weather conditions, like wind and hail?

Solar in Box systems is built and tested to UL-standards to withstand 125-mph winds and 1″ diameter hail at 50 mph.

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Traditional electric grid electricity is primarily generated by burning coal (49%) or natural gas (22%), or at nuclear facilities (19%). The clean power from a 2 kW Ready Solar system will prevent the following pollutants from being released into the atmosphere:

• 89,000 lbs. of CO2, the leading global warming gas.

• 1,000 lbs. of NOx and SO2 which cause smog and acid rain.

• 18 lbs. of fine particulates, which are linked to respiratory illness.

These benefits are the equivalent of:

• Planting .8 acres of trees.

• Offsetting 114,000 miles driven by the average car.

What rebates and incentives are available?

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 26 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. Thanks to the ITC, the average Solar shopper saves thousands of dollars on the cost of going solar in 2020. Many electric utilities have rebates or buy-down programs to reduce the upfront costs of solar. Some state governments pay out rebates directly or give personal tax credits for solar purchases. Rebates and incentives vary by state and utility.

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Residential Electrical

Have you been in search of residential services for electrical contracting? If your answer is yes, then you should call our company right away. We specialize in providing residential and commercial electrical contracting. You could say that this is our bread and butter; we certainly know what your electrical needs are and we can provide you the best solutions as well. The most important aspect would be to identify the problem and then prevent electrocution or shocks from taking place.

We have recognized the fact that most homeowners are reluctant to carry out any type of electrical repairs, or for that matter, it is not one of the standard items on the family budget. However, avoiding these issues could prove to be a dangerous choice. Additionally, you will be able to avoid any further damage or danger to the home and family by doing so. This is precisely the reason why we at our company have on offer a variety of financing options recognizing the electrical needs of the homeowners by presenting you with budget-friendly options. This way, you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket at the same time you can protect the family all at once.

Why Opt for Residential Services?

Since prevention is always better than cure, it would be a good idea that you take up the services of our company at your earliest convenience to conduct an Electrical Inspection. We extend our services not just for single-family residential services but for multi-unit residential housing as well. The electrical services that are provided include as mentioned earlier, a comprehensive safety inspection along with code updates and repairs. In addition, our company will replace the old wiring and upgrade it to high-grade copper wiring. We install landscape lighting, sauna, hot tub, breaker panels, wiring of appliances, specialized wiring required for the entertainment system and television, emergency backup generators and we take up restoration projects as well.

In short, it means that our company is equipped to handle all your residential electrical needs. So, if you need an electrician to sort out any issue, we are just a call away. You can be sure that your electricians are experienced, skilled and use the best equipment. Additionally, they install and provide high-quality products and services that are sure to put a smile on your face at the same time secure your home and family from any impending electrical danger. You can rest assured when you use our services, we adhere to the electrical codes and laws. This way, we are adept at identifying any violations or problems related to the existing electrical system.

The Residential Services that are extended include:

New outlets
Ceiling fans
Spa and pool circuits
Data and phone lines
Repairs and home inspections
Breakers installation and services
Code violation repairs
Occupancy Inspection Repairs

For all these residential services and more, all you need to do is call our company and set up an appointment right away!

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Energy Saving Lighting Solutions: Conserve Energy in Style

Have you been looking at ways in which you can save energy on lighting solutions? Light timers and dimmers will help you do exactly this and much more. You can get these installed by our company and this would be a great way you can conserve energy. You would be able to drastically bring down your utility costs as well. The benefits don’t end here since this lighting solution could enhance the home lighting system. There are a wide variety of residential light timers and dimmers that you can choose from. In case you count yourself as a person who is picky and choosy, choice or variety will be the least of the issues that you would face when you take up our services.

Here’s a closer look at lighting dimmers and residential light timers, which have been discussed in the following sections.

Lighting Dimmers

For starters, light dimmers are popularly known as rheostats. They provide additional control to the lighting design. In this way, you will be able to save on your electric bills on a monthly basis. If you just twist a knob or push the slider, the light dimmer would be activated. You will have control over the intensity of the lighting in the interior.

When you get light dimmers installed at your home, it will create a more intimate atmosphere. This would be perfect in case you are entertaining and dining or it would be an ideal option to turn up the intensity in order to suit your particular needs or mood. Our company will install this wireless lighting system, which will allow you to have control and access to the lighting intensity with the help of a remote. You could also install outdoor lighting dimmers that are weather-resistant as it will provide greater control over the front porch as well as lighting on the patio. We have a broad selection of dimmers that will be installed by our skilled professional technicians. If you dream about it, we can make it your reality.

Lighting Timers

If you want to give your home a different look altogether, you should think about using lighting timers that would help you exercise control over the home’s lighting design. Our company will make available a number of options that you choose from. Besides that, if you need help to pick out the best one, we will be glad to extend our assistance to you. Another feature that makes this system a great buy is a fact that once it is activated it has a no-movement detector. No motion is detected and it will automatically turn off the lights. This is a great way that you can save on your energy bills and utility costs. You needn’t have to worry about turning lights on or off, you can use the timer instead.

In case, you don’t have an energy-saving lighting solution in place, then it is high time that you call our company and get them installed.

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Power Consumption Meters: It’s Time to Conserve Energy

Have you been thinking about ways in which you can save on the energy bills that you pay? Do you want to reduce the amount of energy consumption at home? Do you want to become more eco-friendly? If your answer is yes, then it is high time that you install a power consumption meter in your home. In this way, you will be able to see how much energy you use per day and you can identify ways in which you can cut back on your energy bill at the same time be more conscious of your surroundings.

Now, if you are wondering how a power consumption meter can help you, continue reading. It would accurately tell you how much energy you have consumed. This device has been designed such that it can read signals from various appliances and then would tell you how much energy each of them would use. This is a crucial factor, to know how much power each of these devices utilizes. If you were to look at the amount of energy that is consumed by certain appliances, you would be astonished. The knowledge that you gain will help you cut back on power consumption and as a result, your energy bills will come down as well. This, in turn, will help the environment since energy won’t be going to waste unnecessarily. It is for this reason that each home should have a power consumption meter that would indicate to homeowners their energy usage habits. The more people who become aware of this the better, as it is the best way to conserve the environment.

Don’t have a power consumption meter installed yet? What are you waiting for? Call our company to get one installed right away. You can start saving money and energy at the same time!

Since power is knowledge, here is a list of devices that would bump up your energy consumption and your power bills:

Top Devices that May Be Spiking Your Energy Consumption:

Electric furnace
Electric oven
Electric clothes dryer
Water heater
Electric heater
Window AC Unit
Air conditioning
Microwave
Dishwasher
Waterbed Heater
Coffee maker
Refrigerator

The appliances that have been listed use a lot of energy. When you use them all the time, it will certainly reflect on energy consumption and result in high energy bills. Now, that you are aware of how much power these appliances use, you will be in a position to use them with more care and caution. Additionally, when you install a power consumption meter, you will know exactly how much power you will be consuming. You can cut back on the use of these appliances. Take care of the fact that you don’t keep these appliances when they are not necessary.

What are you waiting for? Call our company to set up an appointment and install this device in your home.

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Power Conditioners: “The secret to clean power”

Many people are under the impression that uninterrupted power is all that your electronic devices need. You might be in for a surprise because in order to ensure that your devices function smoothly they need a steady supply of clean power. Herein comes the role of a power conditioner. A power conditioner does just that, not only does it ensure clean power supply but also protects your devices from surges and unnecessary noises.

Why should you install a power conditioner?

Unclean power can damage your costly devices
Voltage fluctuations can create irrevocable issues
Valuable data can get corrupted due to dirty power supply
Quick fluctuations can lead to other problems

By getting our company to install a power conditioner at your place, you can safeguard your devices with clean power and be free of issues from surges. This is possible because the conditioner filters the power and ensure that the devices receive power from free of spikes and noise. Installing a power conditioner will help you tide over the following issues:

Protection from brownouts

When power circuits get overloaded the supply of power can be reduced, this scenario is often referred to as brownouts. Lower voltage supplies in such situations can cause serious damage to your devices, It is very important that the power conditioner you install at your place is capable of handling such low voltage situations. Computer users may have to deal with power issues because of brownouts.

Protection from line noise

One other common problem that you may face because of a “dirty power” supply is the line noise. There are different variations of line noise issues like electromagnetic and radio frequency interference  There could be a number of reasons as to why the line noise issue arises like radio transmitters and the functioning of electrical motors. The power conditioner you are planning to install must have the capacity to block these disturbances. Such protection is important as these noises can create problems during data transfers.

Protection from power spikes and surges

These are common issues that you could face as a result of power variations. An electrical spike could be damaging and you may end up having your equipment completely destroyed. An electric surge is shorter-lived than an electric spike. It is also a potential threat to your equipment. The power conditioner that you install will protect your equipment from such issues.

Every household or office premise is always potentially exposed to such threats caused by the supply of dirty power. It is in your best interests to keep your equipment protected by installing a state of the art power conditioner. These devices can offer you much-needed protection and above all give you complete peace of mind. As the wise men say “ Prevention is always better than finding a cure”

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Electrical Shock Prevention: Ensuring Electrical Home Safety

The best way you can ensure that your family will be safe and sound would be to ensure electrical home safety. You will be in a position to prevent shock and fires. The best way you can do this would be to seek the assistance of our company service professionals. You will be able to get a new arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) installed or set in place a ground fault interrupter (GFI). It would help you prevent electrical hazards at your business or home. The AFCI would help differentiate normal current flow from arc faults and this can stop the electricity transfer that would help prevent fires.

Is your home safe from electrical hazards?

In case your home is not safe from electrical hazards, it is high time that you set in place some type of mechanism that would ensure this. In this is largely due to the fact that when electrical hazards exist, they can cause serious injuries, which might go undetected as this might happen silently and you won’t be even aware of the dangers that are lurking in the background. If the statistics are to be believed, more than 400 accidental electrocutions took place in one year alone. Most of these involved items that are used on a daily basis. Therefore, it would be best that these hazards are recognized before they prove to be fatal or cause any serious disability or injury.

Can you get electrocuted at home?

It is quite possible that you can get electrocuted while you are at home. This is because electrocution takes place when the body serves to be a direct path for the current to pass through in order to reach the ground. However, if you install a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) at home, then it can prevent electrocution from taking place. The GFCI can detect changes and it can change the electric currents and turn off the power abruptly before the electrocution takes place. The GFCI’s can protect you from being electrocuted. Also, it is best that you use this to secure the bathroom receptacle circuits, kitchen receptacles, garage wall outlets and other crawl spaces or basement places that remain unfinished.

Can electrical fires happen at home?

According to estimates, there are over 165,000 fires that take place due to faulty electrical wiring. One of the main reasons is arching faults, which spark electrical fires. In case, an unwanted arc takes place, then it would generate a high temperature, which would exceed 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This intensity could ignite the surrounding materials such as insulation or wood due to which the fire can spread quickly throughout the home.

You shouldn’t be taking any chances when it comes to the safety of the family. All you have to do is set up an appointment with our company and we will get on the job right away!

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Child Proof Outlets: Ensuring the Safety of Your Children

It goes without saying that childproofing your home is a very important aspect that parents need to keep in mind at all times. It is essential that they install tamper-proof outlets throughout their home. This wouldn’t just protect the child, it can eliminate the scenario when an unsuspecting child tries to tamper with an electrical output. Sticking a foreign object or a finger inside one of these sockets can prove to be a major problem. The child could get burned or shocked. You can reduce this particular risk by making a call to our company and setting up an appointment with them right away!

If your child at risk of injury?

Every year, over 2,400 children sustain injuries that are caused by sticking metal objects into different electrical outlets. Over 95% of these injuries that are sustained involve some type of burns. The severity of these burns could even turn fatal depending on the intensity of the shock sustained. You should keep in mind the fact that even a minor injury could traumatize a child emotionally. Additionally, the child’s skin is very sensitive and thin, which allows very little resistance to heat or electric flow. This is another reason the burn injuries sustained by a child is likely to become a scar when compared to an adult. As per statistics, nearly 70% of these accidents happen while the child is under the supervision of an adult, which means that you need to be vigilant at all times.

How do childproof outlets work?

There are some products that you will find the market that bare the label that they are childproof but they aren’t since they can be hazardous as well. For instance, you can find plastic plugs that can be inserted into the socket, but it can be removed by the child and they could choke on it. Also, you would come across tamper proof outlets, which don’t close completely. The child could insert a metallic piece such as a safety pin and could experience a shock. Additionally, there are some products that need plugs to be screwed in place. This could turn out to be a fire hazard.

You can avoid all these hassles by making a single call to our company and the home will be made childproof right away.

Can the injuries be prevented?

Most of the injuries can be prevented if the proper tamper-proof resistant outlets are set in place. These outlets have been installed in most of the new homes that have been built following 2008, complying with the new electrical norms. However, in case your home is older than that you should consider installing new ones so that you will be in a position to install childproof outlets throughout your home.

Since prevention is always better than cure and now that you know the benefits that you will stand to receive when you childproof your home, it is high time you do so. All you need to do is call our company and set up an appointment right away.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Protect the Family

If you look at the statistics presented by the American Medical Association, nearly 2,100 people fall fatally ill or die due to carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the United States. This is one of the leading causes of death. This tasteless, colorless and odorless gas can be prevented from spreading.

Is your home fortified with detectors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

Since prevention is always better than cure, you should know that when people who become unconscious because of inebriation or fall asleep, they could die even before they show any signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. It depends largely on the level of carbon monoxide present in the atmosphere. You can die within a few hours or for that matter even a few minutes. Therefore, it would be best to place defectors that will alert you and the family in case you are exposed to the risk of being poisoned.

Different sources of carbon monoxide a detector can alarm to:

Carbon monoxide can be found in several home appliances such as the stove, gas range, water heaters, gas dryers, furnaces or wood fireplaces. Apart from that, it can be produced when gas is burnt, exhaust from cars, gas or charcoal grills, flues, clogged chimneys or space heaters where it can build up. Even before you are aware of it, you can find yourself surrounded by toxic air, which will poison you if you inhale it.

Ways in which you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Install detectors at home. Have at least one detector installed at each level of the home and outside every bathroom.
It would be best if you change the detector’s batteries every 6-12 months.
You should check whether gas equipment has been approved by regulatory bodies.
Get an annual check-up scheduled for gas appliances.
Don’t use any flameless chemical heater while you are indoors or within enclosed spaces. It will burn the gas and would allow the carbon monoxide to build up and reach toxic levels.
You should get experts to repair gas appliances in case they are not properly functional.
Ensure that you open the flue while you enjoy the furnace or fireplace.
Make sure that you don’t use the gas oven to heat your home.
Refrain from running a vehicle, generator or any other fueled motor while you are indoors. Even if you do so in the garage next door, ensure that the fumes exit the area, otherwise, the toxic levels will shoot up.

Symptoms of smoke poisoning

The first signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include feeling like you have the flu without a fever.

Signs to watch out for:

Lightheadedness
Dizziness
Sleepiness
Fatigue
Headaches
Nausea
Chest pain
Food poisoning
Irregular breathing
Shortness of breath

There are various ways in which you can monitor the danger levels of the presence of carbon monoxide presence at the home, which can be traced by a detector.

Therefore it would be a great idea to install smoke detectors at home or at businesses. All you need to do is call our company and get them installed right away!

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Surge Protectors: It’s better to be Prepared

Do you know that the lifespan of your electronics and home appliances can be shortened due to a power surge? This could cost you a lot of money since they don’t come cheap. This is exactly the reason you should get our company to protect all these valuable items. In most cases, people believe that a few power strips would serve to be more than enough to protect the entire house from a power surge. However, this is not necessarily true as they aren’t able to provide much protection against them.

What causes a power surge?

Now, you must be wondering about the reason behind power surges. It can be due to lightening or as a result of the problems related to the utility equipment used, large appliances that have an on and off cycling power, power lines that are down as well as faulty wiring. These are a few reasons that result in power surges.

What are the risks involved?

Coming to the risks involved, most electronic items or appliances have a microprocessor. When a surge takes place these microprocessors would be at risk. This means that items such as the computers, televisions, washers, ovens, refrigerators, telephones, microwaves, dryers and alarm systems use this. All it would take to protect these items all at one time would be to install a house surge protector. If a surge does take place, you won’t have to lose a lot of money, just because you were ill-equipped.

Can a single home surge protector safeguard an entire house?

In case you don’t have a home surge protector already, it would be a wise decision to install one. The next time there is an electrical surge at home, you will be in a position to tackle it without any hassle. When you get a complete surge protector for your home you will be able to protect the power lines, cables and the telephones, all at once.

What are the benefits that you stand to receive when you install a whole house surge protector?

The first benefit that you will stand to gain when you install this is the fact that you can save both time and money. This is because you will no longer have to call in an electrician to replace damaged microprocessors every time a surge occurs. So, you can sit back and relax and need not worry about what would happen to your electronic goods and appliances.

The next advantage that you will receive is the fact that you would now be at an advantage if you put your house up for sale. This is because prospective homeowners would be interested to invest in a home that is energy efficient as well as resistant to power surges. In this way, the market value of the home would shoot up. This in itself is a home protection system that can serve to be a huge cost saver as well.

In case, you don’t have surge protectors installed, call our company right away to get one!

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Motion Sensors: Simplify

Have you been on the lookout for solutions that would simplify things? In that case, it is high time that you get motion sensors. These sensors would enable light to turn on whenever any sort of motion is detected and it would automatically turn off when this motion ceases. Therefore, you can say that this can serve to be a useful tool that would be helpful with outdoor security lighting, bathrooms, board rooms as well as in the break rooms. These room occupancy sensors would help you save on money and energy at the same time.

If you want to get this system installed right away, call our company to make an appointment. Our team of electrical contractors and electricians will extend 24/7 support whenever you need it. We provide maintenance, installation as well as repair services to domestic and commercial customers. When you call us, you can be confident that we will provide you with cost-effective and professional electrical services. If you send out a request for our assistance, we will respond immediately to both domestic and commercial services.

Why our company should install the motion sensors for you?

You must be wondering why you should opt for our company over other services, right? Well, you should get in touch with us since we don’t just extend innumerable services, we provide you with solutions as well. We acknowledge the customer’s needs and we are always prepared to take on a challenge and give the customer the attention they require. Additionally, we will help you out in making decisions related to the need for electrical upgrades and improvements when and where they are required. Moreover, we will help you look at options that would help you save on energy bills and conserve energy.

You can rely on our company to provide you with all the information required to make these important decisions. We value our association with you and we will suggest the best possible method to tackle a particular situation. We would also take care of your domestic as well as commercial electrical needs.

Domestic Services Extended

At our company, we know that it could seem to be a daunting task to identify as well as solve simple electrical problems related to your home. This is precisely the reason we extend comprehensive solutions that will take care of all your electrical needs at home. We will provide you with all the resources and information required to make an informed decision that will suit you best.

Commercial Services Extended

Our company extends comprehensive solutions for commercial services as well. You will be well informed about the options that are open to you and take advantage of them accordingly. We have categorized all the services and products in the form of a catalog that you can glance through to know more about the services that we extend.

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Standby Generators: Be Prepared

What would you do if there was a power outage? Imagine you are right in the middle of a heatwave or a snowstorm? Are you prepared to tackle it in an efficient manner? In case you don’t have an effective solution yet, it is high time that you get some power backup; in other words a generator. So, you needn’t worry about whether you and the family would have to bear the scorching heat or bear the bitter cold. Either way, you should have some other kind of power backup that would help you sail through this period. Apart from that, you can get a peaceful and goodnight’s sleep keeping in mind the fact that your home security system is completely operational. Also, you won’t have to worry about the food in your refrigerator getting spoiled or your computer crashing. Therefore, the most fitting solution to your current problem would be to get a standby generator, which will extend the uninterrupted power supply.

All you need to do is to call and set up an appointment with our company and our professional electricians will be on the job right away. Apart from that, we will arrange to set up an inspection such that the installation of the standby generator keeping in mind all the local rules and regulations.

Generator Tips

If you are able to operate standby generators in a proper manner, it would certainly help keep you and your family safe. However, you need to exercise caution that you don’t injure yourself or meet with an accident because of handling the generator in the wrong way. Here are a few tips that would help keep you safe and sound at the same time it will help you run the generator in the right way whenever it is required.

Ensure that you read and follow the instructions given in the instruction manual.

Operate the generator only when you are outdoors.

Set up a carbon monoxide detector outside the bedrooms.

Keep in mind the wattage limitation of the generator and don’t exceed the limit.

Make sure that proper connections are made in the generator. In case you won’t be able to make a claim for homeowner insurance in case an accident takes place.

In case, the generator is cracked or if there is a leakage in oil, gas or fuel or any other fuel, do not use it as it can be dangerous.

Always unplug the generator when it is not in use, as it can protect you from serious danger.

Ensure that you have a stockpile of fuel that would be enough in case a power outage takes place.

You should run the generator regularly so that you can ensure that it operates well.

Protect it from dust, dirt, and moisture.

Don’t use contaminated or stale gasoline.

Place the generator only on flat surfaces.

Now that you know about the various benefits of using a home standby generator, call our company to get one installed right away!

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Do you come across frequent electrical issues in your home? Do you feel your electrician is quite expensive? Electricians charge you money even for a minor electrical issue. Most of the electrical issues in your house are minor. You can resolve it on your own if you have proper knowledge about electrical connectivity, diagnosis, and troubleshooting. On the other hand, if you aren’t aware of electrical issues, it is always better to seek the help of an expert electrician. As you read on, you can get to know the most common electrical issues and tips for resolving them on your own, provided you have minimal electrical knowledge.

Blown Fuses: Blown fuse is the most common issue that you might across in your house. A fuse is the thick metal strip in a circuit, which allows the current to pass through it. When too much of current flows through the fuse, the metal strip starts melting down. As a result, the current turns off. Usually, there are three types of fuses Plug and Type S fuses, cartridge fuses and time-delay fuses. When you replace the fuse, make sure to replace it with a fuse of the same type and rating. Never use a fuse that has a higher rating than the existing one. Before changing the blown fuse, you need to shut off the main power supply. Then replace the blown fuse with a new one, place it back on the circuit and then switch it on.

Switches: Are you facing issues with certain switches in your house? Electricians can easily resolve an issue related to switches. If the electrician isn’t in your reach, you can replace the switch yourself. Basically there are three types of switches single-pole, a three-way switch, and dimmer switches. Before you purchase a new switch, you need to go through the information printed back of it. Make sure that it is of the same voltage and ampere as that of the previous one back in your home. Before you start any electrical work, always make sure to switch off the main power supply.  In addition to that make use of tester in order to make sure that the circuit is dead. Then replace the new switch in the same manner as the previous switch was.

Diagnosing the electrical issue: Your ability to diagnose the issue can be helpful to you and even the electrician to troubleshoot it easily. Over the phone, if you inform the electrician about the actual electrical issue in your home, the electrician can come prepared with the tools and other accessories that are needed. The most common issues in houses are short circuit, overload, and faulty connections. The overload circuit ends up in a blown fuse. As more numbers of appliances or lamps are turned on, the wiring gets overheated and the fuse blows off. A short circuit happens when the bare hot wire gets in contact in bare grounded or neutral wire.  Once you diagnose the issue you can resolve it appropriately. So, even if you aren’t in reach of an electrician, you can resolve a few minor electrical issues on your own.  If there is an electrician nearby then you may prefer getting the issue resolved by the electrician.

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Hire the best electrician

Electricity is an essential need for every home. Proper wiring and supply ensure safety which reflects on the efficiency of the electrical appliances.  It is usual that electrical failures occur and you may need to restore the cabling or wiring to enhance supply. But it is not advised to handle electric repairs on your own as the danger is greater. You must employ an electrician who is well experienced to solve the issues effectively.

Choosing a good electrician is a challenging task. You have to know his business background and experience, customer feedback and finally the service cost. You don’t want an electrician who does messy work and takes your money. So it is important to do an extensive search and gather enough information before you hire an electrician.

A well-trained electrician can handle any electrical issues with great care and safety. You may ask the technician about the school where he earned the training and how the course helped him at work. You can also inquire how long he has been in business and know the current status of his profession. You should not employ an electrician who hesitates to present his credentials. It is always safe to engage a professional one for completing the job. Since electrical repairs cost a great deal of money, it is wise not to trust technicians who refuse to prove their credibility.

The experience and reputation of the company to which the electrician belongs are not enough to judge his service. You should know whether his service has satisfied the customers. So ask your friends and neighbors about their experience with the electrician you plan to hire. If they praise them, then it is a good start to delegate your household repairs to them. Conversely, if you get negative feedback, then you must stay away from those technicians.

Getting references from your friends and family is a good idea to find a technician with good service quality. You may also approach electrical stores or companies and get their recommendations. You can find their numbers in your phone book and call them to get 3 or 4 references. Before making any decision, conduct interviews and ask about their fees and charges. This way, you will get a clear idea of their services and charges.

Another easy way is to go through the reviews online. Customers who are not satisfied with the service will probably come online and post their reviews. So without asking other people, you can read the feedbacks sitting in your home and make decisions.  After hiring the technician, discuss your requirements. You should know how he is going to solve it and how long will it take to restore the connection. Having an overall idea about the time of completion and the amount of effort required for the job will help you estimate the approximate cost of the job.

Considering all these tips, you will be able to hire a good technician for your household and get the best service with your money.

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Tips to find a good electrician

You should be very careful while selecting an electrician for your home. A small mistake in electrical works can invite serious accidents. A small short circuit can cause danger to your life and property. Make sure that you choose the best electrician. The electricians will help you to choose the right materials for wiring, which will provide you complete safety. There are many electricians. It is not an easy task to choose the best electrician. Here are some tips to select a good electrician.

The first and foremost thing is where to find the electrician. There are many options from which you can choose. The best option is to ask your family or friends who had electrical work done recently. They will have the number and contact details of the electrician who assisted them. Make sure that you choose that electrician only if your friend was satisfied with his work.  If you don’t get such an option, you can go to the yellow pages. The directory will offer you the number of almost all the electricians in your locality. You can ask for a referral from an electrical shop. They can give you good suggestions. The internet offers you a wider opportunity to select the best professionals. If you are doing the basic electrical works for your new home, make sure that you choose a good professional, because the first wiring has a lot to do with the durability of all appliances in your home.

Once you find an electrician, have a detailed discussion with him about your requirements. Make sure that he has an electrical license. This will prove that the electrician is well educated and has practical knowledge in handling electrical jobs. In addition to this, be sure to ask about their professional experience. It is better to choose a person with good experience. You should also make it a point to ask about the insurance. The insurance policy should cover accident claims. If not, you will have to bear the cost of treatment in case of any accidents. In a normal case, most people with a license will have insurance also. You can also ask them for references. This will help you make sure the quality of the electrician you hire. This is especially necessary when you hire an electrician directly from the internet.

Once all these criteria are satisfied you can choose the electrician. You can also discuss the cost. There is nothing wrong with spending a little on hiring a quality electrician. Have a detailed discussion about your needs and requirements. They will also assist you in buying the best products and installing them correctly. You should also ask about the safety measures while the electrician is working. You can also stay in contact with electrician even after the work is completed. This will help you to readily solve your questions related to electrical works in your home at any time.

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Safety measures for electrical work at home

You can fix simple electrical work without seeking the help of an electrician. It is always good to follow certain safety measures which will make the electrical work much easier. It is good to label the panels because it will be helpful at times of power issue. If you are working on the panels there are certain items that are required like a multimeter, a drop light, etc. All the lights should be turned off. The drop light should be connected to an outlet. The entire breaker should be checked until the light goes off. You can check whether everything has power by using a multimeter. Often certain bulbs break within the sockets and it will be difficult to repair it. The first step is to switch off the power from the panel to the light. You can wear a goggle to protect yourself from a broken piece of glass. You can use pliers and put it into the broken bulb and slowly unscrew the bulb carefully. You should be very careful that the socket should not get damaged while unscrewing the bulb. Many new and modern types of light fittings are available in the market. A sales associate will be able to provide you the correct direction to select the correct fixtures that suit your home. Certain magazines are able to provide you the tips to select the correct fittings and fixtures. For further ideas, you can seek the help of an interior designer. You will be able to get a clear idea about the requirements if you live in the home for a short period.

Electrical wiring is another important task that one has to undergo while doing this work. Wiring connections is a must of all circuit connections and connecting cords. The right tool can be very helpful while doing the wiring. All electrical connections have a certain outlet and a breaker. A cutting knife or a cutting tool can be used to take out the inner wire. The wire should be scored between the conductors. The insulation should not be nicked while cutting the wire. The excess sheathing can be trimmed by using cutting pliers. Dryer cord installation can be easily done by following these methods. The connection board should be uncovered before installing the dryer cord. The cover plate should be removed and for this, you require a nut driver set. The screw should be turned counterclockwise to remove it. You can also replace the heating element of your oven. The correct model number is required to get the right bake element. The model number is available at the bottom of the drawer. It is usually stated on a silver tag. The oven shelves should be removed in order to detect the damaged bake element. The element can be taken out by slowly removing the screws which are at the bottom of the oven. You can use a nosed plier to pull the wire of a bake element. After removing the wire you can remove the old element and replace it with a new one.

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Electrical Updates

What you thought was up to date will become an older model. This is precisely the reason you should always try to stay in the loop when changes take place in the technologically advanced world that we live in. Change has become a part of our lives and the same goes for the appliances as well as the home. This is exactly the reason you need to make sure that the necessary electrical updates and improvements are made at your home or business. This way you can be safe and secure.

There are several benefits that you will get when you decide to do electrical updates. You will be able to increase the standard and the status of the home. For any type of upgrades or improvements, you can call our company right away! We will send a certified electrician to look at the property and make sure that everything is in order. All you need to do is call for an appointment right away.

Why keep up your property with electrical updates?

As mentioned earlier you will be privy to a number of benefits that include and are not restricted to:

Transform space: When you opt for improving or upgrading the light fixtures at the home, you will be able to brighten up an otherwise dull and lifeless room.

Save money and conserve energy: Yes, you can save a lot of money when you switch over to clean and renewable forms of energy. In this way, you can help save the environment at the same time save money on the electricity bill as well.

Increase and enhance security: When you upgrade the lighting at home, you will be able to make sure that your family and the home are safe. You also have the option of controlling the lighting with dimmers as well as motion sensors. This will light up your home just the way you want it.

Increases safety: When you get a safety check done by one of our electricians, you will be sure that the home is safe. Besides these electric upgrades will help you prevent the event of electrocution, shock, code correction among other functions.

Professional installation as well as maintenance: It’s not enough to have the upgrades or the installation done and forget all about it. Things don’t work that way. However, when you utilize the services of our company, you will be in a position to get electricians to install appliances such as water heaters, fans, saunas among other electrical devices.

Now, that you are aware of the various benefits that you will be able to receive when you opt for upgrades and improvements, you should get them done immediately. So, what are you waiting for? Call our company right away!

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Wiring Upgrades: Just to Be on the Safe Side

Do you have a home that is quite old? In that case, you should think about calling our company to check out your home wiring. We will be able to help you with electrical wiring and upgrades. This will enhance and increase the security and safety of your home. In this way, you will be able to avoid any type of electrical wiring hazards.

Why do you need to get wiring upgrades done?

If you think about it, how do the lights come to life, or how does the TV power on or how can the refrigerator keep things cold? For the most part, people think that this is possible since the wiring is intact, but this might not be necessarily true. It is because there are times when a house that is over 40 years old might need an electrical wiring upgrade. Otherwise, you should think about getting an upgrade to meet the power requirements of the family. However, you may want to shy away from this as it can be expensive and come across as messy. But, you needn’t worry as our company will be able to plan this change over in an effective manner that would cause minimum disruptions and it could, in turn, increase the value of the home as well.

What are the different safety issues regarding old wiring?

The first thing that you should keep in mind about old wiring is the fact that it can cause residential fires. These chances are multiplied as the home ages. Apart from that, you should remember that the materials that the wire insulation is made out of can deteriorate over time. Call our company and get an inspection done. In this way, the electrician would be in a position to tell you if you whether you require rewiring to be done or not. Some of the warning signs that you need to pay attention to are as follows:

Fuse blows or breakers trip repeatedly

You get a tingling sensation if you touch appliances

Lights flicker or dim

Persistent burning smell from appliance or room

Sparking, warm or discolored outlets

Ungrounded outlets in the house

When there is no ground fault circuit wiring outlet in the bathroom, kitchen or any other surface which is exposed to moisture.

Another reason you should think about getting your wiring upgraded is that you may be able to pay a lower premium. So, what are you waiting for? Call our company right away.

When do you need for power increases?

If you look at the standard amps used by a house, it is about 60 amps. However, when you are using flat-screen TVs, air conditioners, gadgets or other computer equipment, then it would need more amps. Plus, you might think of this as an inconvenience as you might damage electronics that are sensitive. This is reason enough to call our company and upgrade your wiring, right away!

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Electrical Panel Upgrades

In case you have been putting off getting electrical panel upgrades, you shouldn’t wait any longer. It could put you and your family in danger. This is precisely the reason you need to get an electrical upgrade done by our company. Our technicians will be able to take a closer look at your home electrical system and at the same time help curb any potential electrical hazards.

Another aspect that you need to take stock of is the fact that most homes have an average age of 35 years. This means that the electrical system could require upkeep since it is getting old. Most of these homes were built before the modern-day gadgets and appliances were invented. Therefore, there is a possibility that the electrical circuit might not be able to take the load anymore, which could cause further problems.

There are a few questions that could be indicators that the home electrical system might be running into trouble:

Do the lights at home flicker?

Do the breakers trip constantly?

Does the fuse blow out regularly?

Can you hear a crackling noise above the panel box?

Do the electrical service conductors overheat?

Have you added a hot tub or sauna to the home?

Do you use 100 amp or 60 amp electrical service?

Do you require more outlets?

Did your homeowner insurance mandate an electrical upgrade?

Do you have multiple extension cords?

Do the electrical machines work on full or less power?

Do you require a surge generator?

Are the outlets not grounded?

Do you require power surge arrestors?

These are a few questions that you should ask yourself. In case this sounds too technical to you, all you need to do is call our company and we will send our experts to your home or business. Our foremost priority is the safety of you and your family. We will conduct a comprehensive check that will look into all aspects and assure that you will be able to make all the corrections that need to be made. You can be sure that we will help you meet all the electrical codes and the necessary upgrades that your home needs to comply with. Apart from that, we promote the optimal functioning of the electrical system to eliminate electrical hazards. We advise you to make these necessary upgrades. We are just a phone call away, so what are you waiting for?

Another thing that you should keep in mind is the fact that these electrical upgrades will help you ensure that the electrical system can meet the energy needs of the family. Plus, if you live at a home that is quite old, it would be best that you get a comprehensive evaluation done. When you have all the necessary upgrades, you won’t have to worry about any electrical emergency. Call our company right away to get your upgrades done right away.

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Circuit Breaker Replacements

These days the electrical devices that we use have become technologically advanced and the home needs to keep up these changes as well. For this reason, there are several home electrical systems that cannot support these high powered devices. The best way to counter such a scenario would be to install a circuit breaker replacement. In this way, you will be able to give a new life to your aging electrical system and give it the love and care it requires to stay operational. You can upgrade the home circuit and then increase the support capacity of the home to meet your electrical needs without having to risk a fire.

If you feel that your home isn’t powered properly, it is high time that you call our company to schedule an appointment. They will install a circuit breaker in your home in no time. This way, you will be able to keep your home updated and safe.

What do you mean by an Electrical Circuit Overload? How do you prevent it?

In simple terms, the electrical circuit overloads when there are more amps being transferred through the wires that the circuit can handle. This overload can be a result of corroded, loose or even faulty wiring or connections. For the most part, these circuit overloads are able to draw more power and as a result, it can exceed the outlet’s capacity. For instance, when you plug in a printer into the same outlet as the one the computer is connected to, it might not have enough amperage to support both these devices. As a result, the circuit breaker will trip or the fuse will blow out.

This overloading of the circuit can be avoided and this could prevent electrical fires from taking place. Therefore, it would be best that you upgrade the outlets so the appropriate electrical capacity can be taken at each region of the home. So, what are you waiting for? Call our company right away and get these circuit breakers installed right away!

Why should you consider setting up Circuit Breaker Replacement?

Enhance security systems as they require quite a lot of current to run and it would be effective in warding off intruders.

Specialty lighting can be set in place such as track, accent, task, mood as well as specialty fixtures.

Appliances that require more outlet plugs can now be supported at home. For instance, now you can consider having the deep freezer that you’ve always wanted.

Additional outdoor electricity, which would add to the landscape and security lighting.

Install an emergency generator as it will continue to power the home in case of a blackout, ice storm or a hurricane.

Set up a home entertainment center, where you can have a DVD player, TV, speakers, VCR and you won’t have to worry about a current overload.

These are a few benefits that you will stand to receive if you opt for circuit breaker replacement. So, call our company right away.

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Dedicated Circuits: Home as a System

For the most part, people don’t consider the home as a system. This serves to be the root of the problem for most issues. It is precisely this reason that problems related to the electrical system of the home arise since most homeowners are not aware of the importance as well as the interdependence of this system. However, you needn’t worry since our company can help you out in this aspect. They will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your home’s electrical system and let you know if there are any problems. What are you waiting for? Call our company right away.

What do you mean by a Dedicated Circuit?

In simpler words, the electricity that enters the home first goes through the fuse box or the circuit breaker box. Inside the fuse/circuit breaker box you will find individual circuits. They feed various sections of the business or home. Each of these circuits is protected by either a fuse or a breaker. The outlets for small appliances need a 15 amp circuit. You will be able to find outlets that fall under the mid-range item such as toasters and hair dryers that consume about 20 amps. The heavy machines like clothes dryers take up 30-50 amps dedicated circuits. For safety purposes, certain heavy and medium-duty appliances need their own circuits which are also known as dedicated circuits.

Now, that you are aware of what a dedicated circuit is as well as its function, it would be a good idea to call our company and set up an appointment right away. In this way, you can operate the home or business safely.

Here is a list of appliances that require dedicated circuits:

Electric range
Refrigerator
Freezer
Microwave
Dishwasher
Wall oven
Electric dryer
Toaster
Garbage disposal
Kitchen countertop
Space heater
Furnace
Clothes washer
Water heater
Garage door opener
Blow dryer
Air conditioning unit
Central vacuum
Sauna

Whenever you install any heavy-duty electrical appliance, it requires its own dedicated system along with an appropriate circuit breaker and size wire. The size of the circuit breaker and the wire would be dependent on whether the electrical appliance can take up either 120 or 240 volts.

What will happen if you don’t get the right dedicated circuits?

If you fail to install the appropriate dedicated circuit, it is quite likely that the appliance will draw more current than it can actually handle. This, in turn, would cause the wiring to overheat and the insulation around the wire would meltdown. When the insulating barrier has broken down or melted, the current won’t be confined and it could ignite that could cause an electrical fire. However, the circuit breakers would sense the excess flow of the current and it will help stop the surge. In case you notice that the circuit breaker constantly trips then you should call our company right away.

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Specialty Receptacles: Making the Connection

Often referred to as outlets, electrical receptacles are used as a connection between electrical devices and systems. Regardless of the type of receptacle that you are in need of, you will be able to find plenty of choices to choose from. You can go for the duplex receptacle, childproof receptacle, 240-volt receptacle or a GFCI receptacle, which are often considered specialty receptacles.

Are you in need of new specialty receptacles?

The first question that is likely to cross your mind is whether you need new outlets or not. Looking at the various benefits, you will be able to plug in multiple appliances all at the same time from the basement, kitchen, bathroom or garage. In this way, you will be able to allow the electricity to flow from these outlets easily. Apart from that, you can avoid the hazardous and inconvenient cords spread across your home. Also, you can protect the home from electrical fires, prevent someone from getting electrocuted or you can childproof your home in this way. Additionally, you can use these outlets wherever you need them.

Are these outlets dangerous to use?

If the receptacles become broken or damaged, then they can be a threat. However, if you take care of them appropriately, you will be able to avoid any electrical shock or fire. There are several fires every year because the unit was not plugged in properly. Also, keep in mind that if you use the receptacles frequently then they can deteriorate. You need to be aware that the outlets can overheat and this could cause sparks. This could be a sign of faulty wiring or poor internal connections. The best way to avoid and prevent any sort of damage would be to call our company right away. We will replace the deteriorated, damaged or malfunctioning outlets to guard against electrocution and electrical fires.

Some of the types of specialty outlets that are available are:

120-volt receptacles or duplex wall outlets are used as conventional plugs. You can place one over the other while they are connected and then use breakers that can be controlled by a single wall switch.

Outdoor receptacles or soffit receptacles can be used for power tools, holiday lighting, lawn or fountain equipment. These outlets are protected well against outside elements.

Ground fault circuit interrupters can be used in areas such as the garage, bathroom, kitchen where the likelihood of sustaining a shock is higher.

Tamper-resistant outlets are ideal for childproofing the home.

Floor outlets can be used in the middle of the room to plug a lamp, computer or other electrical devices.

These are a few benefits that you will stand to receive if you use specialty receptacles. Call our company right away!

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Exhaust Fan Installations: the Key to the Home’s Ventilation System

If you think about it, you will realize that home is more like a system. Therefore, ventilation is an integral part of it. It goes without saying that exhaust fans are also an integral component of the home. The first benefit you would receive when you install one of them is the fact that they can remove unpleasant odors. Apart from that they can un-fog mirrors and at the same time create a pleasant temperature as well.

It would be safe to say that when you use bathroom exhaust fans, they can be put to multiple uses. For one, they can exhaust the air, provide overhead lighting as well as provide an extra source of cold or heat, whenever it is required. You can use exhaust fans conveniently and they are available in several sizes, which would be ideal to fit various spaces. The idea of installing a bathroom exhaust would be an ideal option for a bathroom that has no windows giving the bathroom better ventilation. What are you waiting for? Call our company and get an exhaust fan installed right away. We will ensure that the exhaust fan will suit your space perfectly and give you optimal performance.

Do you need an Exhaust fan?

The first question that is sure to cross your mind is whether you need an exhaust fan or not.  For starters, if you opt for one in the bathroom, it will draw the moisture out of that room. It is highly undesirable that moisture builds up in the bathroom for various reasons. It can dampen the air and as a result, the paint or wallpaper may begin to peel. Apart from that, the doors could wrap, wooden floors could bow, mold and mildew can grow.

Why should you hire professionals to get it installed?

You need to keep in mind that if the installation process is not carried properly, it could cause several problems in the future. If the exhaust fan is not installed properly, you won’t notice it since most of it is hidden behind the fan and ceiling. If the moisture from the air slowly dissipated and seeps into the attic and then condenses on the wood surface of the attic, it could damage the floor. This is because the condensation process that would take place over a period of time would cause wood rot or lead to mold. Additionally, fans that are vented through the roof can be properly sealed allowing you to stop any leak or seepage.

Now, that you are aware of the various benefits that you stand to receive when if you install exhaust fans, call our company right away!

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