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How You can Benefit From Using Smart Home Appliances

June 18th, 2018

Smart-thermostatSmart home appliances and the “internet of things” have become more and more popular over the last decade or so. They’re only going to continue to grow in popularity and numbers as long as they continue to provide added convenience and quality of life improvements for those who use them.

Maybe you already have some smart home appliances in your home, or maybe you’re just now looking into getting your first one. Whether you’re a smart home veteran or a newcomer, though, we’ve assembled a list of beneficial applications below that could improve any household.

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3 Signs That Your Home is Experiencing Electrical Trouble

June 4th, 2018

meter-readingThe worst disruptions that we tend to experience in our daily lives are often when systems we completely rely on stop working for a little while. Your electrical system certainly qualifies as one of those vital parts of your home, which makes detecting and addressing electrical issues a high priority.

The best way to make sure that your electrical system experiences as few problems as possible is to schedule preventive maintenance for it on a regular basis, probably at least once every year or two. Even then, though, you still need to keep an eye out for warning signs between appointments. The following are three common signs that your home is experiencing some sort of electrical issue that requires repair.

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If Your Generator is Doing These Things, It Needs Repairs

May 21st, 2018

generator-maintenanceThere are some systems that you can probably afford to do without if they malfunction. Generators are not one of those things. Your generator is an emergency system. If it malfunctions when you need it, your situation could end up getting quite a bit worse than merely being inconvenient.

The best way to prevent your generator from completely breaking down on you when you need it the most is to schedule preventive maintenance for it at least once a year. This will give your technician the opportunity to make sure that any issues are dealt with before they can get worse. You should make sure to keep watch for any signs that your generator is developing problems between appointments, though. The faster you can recognize an issue and have it fixed, the better off your generator will be. Have a look at the following signs that your generator is in need of repairs.

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Should I Be Concerned About Frequent Power Surges?

May 7th, 2018

PlugPower surges have been the bane of electrical systems since their invention. A power surge can burn out a computer, or start a house fire depending on the voltage forced through the system. Most of the time, though, they’re actually quite harmless. A brief uptick in the level of electricity running through the home is usually either too low for you to even notice it, or it is absorbed by surge protectors and other appliances you’ve no doubt got scattered around. There are some times, though, when you can’t afford to just disregard a power surge. Let’s take a look at why frequent power surges are a problem, and what you should do about them.

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How to Tell if Your Commercial Electrical System Needs Repair

April 23rd, 2018

electric-panelAs with residential buildings, commercial buildings have a sort of hierarchy of systems that are of varying importance to their daily operation. Having the heater or air conditioner break down might be an inconvenience, but it will rarely be more of an issue than that. Losing the water heater might be a bit more of an issue, depending on the building.

Regardless of what commercial property you’re talking about, though, electrical issues are not to be underestimated. At best, an electrical issue can disable part of your building for however long it takes to get it fixed. At worst, it can start a fire or pose an electrocution risk. You really don’t want an electrical issue to go unchecked any longer than it has to. That’s why we’ve noted some easy ways to tell if your commercial electrical system is in need of repairs.

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When Is It Necessary to Rewire a Home?

April 9th, 2018

electrical-panelThere are a lot of different parts of your home that, if they ceased to work for a second, would cause major disruption to your daily life. One of those is your electrical system. The wires that run throughout your home provide needed power to practically every appliance you use. Without them, things would be quite a bit harder for you overall. While electrical wiring can last quite a while, though, it won’t last forever. There are times when it is necessary to rewire part or all of a home’s electrical system. Read on to find out when that is necessary, and what can be done about it.

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Tips on Keeping Your Electrical Panel in Good Condition

March 26th, 2018

electric-panelElectrical panels are often ignored in households until they cause trouble. Everyone reading this blog right now probably has a story of trudging over to the circuit breaker in the middle of the night to get the lights back on after some electrical issues.

While the electrical panel can last for many, many years without developing serious problems, it has been known to happen. In the interest of keeping you safe during the year, we’ve compiled some good tips on how to keep your electrical panel in good condition.

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Before You Call Your Electrician, Check These Things

March 12th, 2018

panel-technicianElectrical issues are no joke. It’s never, ever a good idea to ignore signs that you might have a problem with your electrical system. However, sometimes things are not quite as dire as they might seem at first. If you suspect that you might have an electrical issue, you should check the following things first before calling for an electrician.

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How Important is it, Really, to Have Safety Outlets?

February 26th, 2018

GFCI-Electrical-OutletYou’re probably pretty used to people trying to sell you something that you don’t actually need. You know, that one sharpening tool that only works for a single knife, a combination bicycle pump and rice cooker, those strange “magic” beans that almost sound like they’re whispering to you…. Anyway, we don’t blame you for being skeptical at yet another blog post claiming you need something that you may not have ever heard of before. But, you may need this thing that you might not have ever heard of before. We’re talking about safety outlets, specifically GFCI and AFCI outlets. Have a look below at why it’s a very good idea to have these outlet types in key places around your home.

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Watch Out for These Lighting Issues

February 12th, 2018

CFL-BulbAre the lights in your home flickering on and off? Are you hearing strange ghostly music in the middle of the night? Are their strange scratching sounds coming from inside your walls? Yeah, your house may be haunted. We can’t really help you with most of those issues (although we’re pretty sure there’s a logical explanation.) What we can do, though is help you with your lighting issues. Have a look at some of the more common signs that your lights are in trouble, and what you can do about it.

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