Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Some of the Best Reasons to Consider a Whole-House Generator

Monday, March 11th, 2019

generator-residentialWe offer service to install automatic standby generators capable of powering some or all of the electrical appliances and lights inside a home. We consider this one of the most important jobs we do, because power losses are not only inconvenient, they can be downright dangerous. We recommend most homeowners consider having a whole-house generator installed as an important power backup in case of an extended blackout.

Okay, easy enough to say—but what about the specifics? What are the best reasons to have an automatic standby generator installed?

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The Surge Protector vs. The Power Strip

Monday, February 25th, 2019

lightning-boltThe title of this post may make it sound like there’s a competition between a surge protector and a power strip. “It’s one or the other!” We want to be clear right at the start that we encourage homeowners to have both. But we also want homeowners to know what’s different about the two, because often power strip is talked about as if it were a synonym for a surge protector. But it’s not. We’ll explain what the differences are as well as give you pointers toward the type of electrical protections your home may need.

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A Knob-and-Tube Wiring Refresher: Why It Should Be Replaced

Monday, February 11th, 2019

knob-and-tube-wiringThere are many old homes in New Jersey, some built in the nineteenth century. A vintage home can still be a wonderful place to live if it’s had upgrades and repairs. But if you live in a home built before the 1940s, you may have a type of wiring in the walls and attics called knob-and-tube wiring. This is an extremely out-of-date wiring set-up, and we strongly recommend you call us to eliminate it and replace it. This is one of our specialties as local electricians, and we’ve helped many homes make the change to modern, safer wiring that is up to code.

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What Is the “Electrical Code” I Keep Hearing About?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

nec-logoIf you’ve looked around for an electrical contractor to help with your house—whether for electrical repairs, installations, rewiring, new indoor or outdoor lighting—then you’ve probably come across mention of “keeping a house up to code” and “the electrical code.” You’ll recognize this means keeping a home up to some sort of safety standard, the same way food service establishments must stay up to state and local health codes. But what exactly is the electrical code?

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Get Help for Your Outdoor Lighting Problems

Monday, January 14th, 2019

outdoor-porch-lightThe lighting for your house you think about the most is the indoor lighting. This makes sense, as most of the time you’re around your house you are inside it, not outside looking at it.

Unfortunately, this means that outdoor lighting needs often go ignored. Proper outdoor lighting is one of the most cost-effective ways to beautify a house. It’s also beneficial for home security and to improve safety for walking around the house during the evening. A poorly illuminated path can end up being dangerous.

We provide outdoor lighting installation work, but we also can help with repairs for current lighting setups. There are some simple fixes to outdoor lighting you can do on your own, like changing a light bulb. But it’s important to know when you need to call a licensed electrician familiar with exterior lights for the repairs.

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Ceiling Fans—Good for Summer AND Winter

Monday, December 31st, 2018

ceiling-fan-woodenWe provide all types of electrical installations for our residential customers. One you may not have realized we offer is the installation of ceiling fans. We recommend people look into ceiling fans because they can help with comfort and lowering energy bills. And they are effective during cold weather as well, something many people don’t realize.

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A Short Talk About Holiday Lighting Safety

Monday, December 17th, 2018

outdoor-light-stringThe winter holidays are made brighter and more festive thanks to the lighting adorning the inside and outside of homes throughout the season. Many homeowners make their external lighting decorations a neighborhood feature, but almost everyone does some amount of decorative lighting.

Unfortunately, these holiday lights have been known to overwhelm the electrical systems of homes—and can even lead to dangerous electrical fires. We’d like to address these concerns in this post. We work with both indoor and outdoor lighting in Montclair, NJ and the surrounding areas, so we have plenty of experience when it comes to festive holiday lighting and how to keep safe through the season.

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We Recommend Electrical Panel Upgrades

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

electricians-and-panelHow long have you lived in your house? Do you still have the same electrical panel or fuse box as you did when you moved in? You may need to have upgrades for the panel, or possibly a completely new panel installation. This is not only an issue of electrical efficiency; it can also be an issue of home safety!

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Simple Electrical Upgrades That Can Make Your Home Safer

Monday, November 19th, 2018

outletElectrical safety is one of the essential parts of preventing house fires and high voltage shocks. You may think your house is currently free from electrical hazards, but there are some simple changes and upgrades you can have an electrician perform that will make your house and the people in it significantly safer.

Yes, you must have professional electricians for these jobs. Home electrical work is not something you can do on your own, since it risks creating worse safety issues. Professionals are trained to keep homes up to the local electrical code and ensure that any work is done to the highest safety standards.

Below are some of the electrical jobs you can have a professional electrician do to make your house a safer one:

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How to Keep Your Electrical System Healthy

Monday, November 5th, 2018

panel-technicianThe electrical system is one of the most important ones in your home. Most of the other systems in your home rely on the electrical system, which makes malfunctions problematic on a number of levels. It is in your best interests, both for the sake of your wallet and the sake of your safety, it’s a good idea to keep your electrical system in good condition. Follow the tips below to find out what the best methods are for keeping your electrical system as healthy as possible throughout the years.

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