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Why You should Hire A Professional Electrician

Electricity is one of the few renovations that you should never undertake yourself unless you are trained, certified, insured, and know exactly what you are doing.

So you consider yourself to be quite the handy man? You figure that you can handle any sort of home improvement task, including handling the electricity without hiring a skilled Electrician.

You went online and read all about it, right? Maybe even took some books out of the library. You’re pretty sure that you have the tools in your toolbox, and you have the proper protective gear to wear.

And then you end up in the emergency room with an electrical burn, or even worse, dead. Your house may have burned to the ground, and who knows how your family may be coping? Are they injured? Are they alive? Was your home even insured? You may very well end up with absolutely nothing, including a very empty wallet as you will be paying thousands upon thousands of dollars to replace everything.

All of this because you thought that you could do the job yourself!

Still not convinced? Be sure to check your insurance policy, IF you have one. More often than not, you will not be insured if any unlicensed or amateur (yourself included) attempts home repairs that results in damage.

Electrical fires are extremely common, and can spread very quickly, resulting in walls that are destroyed within minutes. These types of fire usually happen because the wires and circuits are either overloaded or faulty; the wiring and circuits used are outdated; or, most common with home repairs, the wires and circuits are improperly installed. Consider, too, that improper wiring can easily damage your major home appliances. Do you really want to replace your fridge because you messed up on the wiring? Probably not!

Hire A Professional Electrician

Finding an electrician is also a very simple task. You can do a quick search online right from your own home, or look through your phone book for some numbers of licensed and bonded professionals. If you know any family, friends or neighbors that recently had some electrical work done, ask them who they used and how satisfied they were with their service. You can also visit your local hardware store and ask them for some names of reliable, dependable electricians.

Think of all of the damage you can do to your home and family, just because you thought you probably knew what you were doing. The cost of replacing everything alone justifies hiring a professional electrician. Save yourself the stress, the expense and the danger that could otherwise happen. Choose an experienced and licensed Electrician.

 

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Smoke Detector placement and installation

Proper mounting of a smoke detector also is important. You can mount many detectors by yourself, but those connected to your household wiring should have their own separate circuit and be installed by a professional electrician. Smoke Detector

The placement of smoke detectors is very important. Sleeping areas need the most protection. One detector in a short hallway outside the bedroom area is usually adequate.

Hallways longer than 30 feet should have one detector every 30 feet. A smoke detector should be installed in every room that will be occupied.

Be sure to keep the detector away from fireplaces and wood stoves to avoid false alarms.

Place Smoke Detector at the top of each stairwell and at the end of each long hallway. Smoke rises easily through stairwells. If you should put a smoke detector in your kitchen, be sure to keep it away from cooking fumes or smoking areas.

Proper mounting of a smoke detector also is important. You can mount many detectors by yourself, but those connected to your household wiring should have their own separate circuit and be installed by a professional electrician.

If you mount your detector on the ceiling, be sure to keep it at least 18 inches away from dead air space near corners. If you mount it on the wall, place it four to 12 inches below the ceiling and away from corners. Keep them high because smoke rises.

Never place them any closer than three feet from an air register that might re-circulate smoke. Don’t place them near doorways or windows where drafts could impair the detector operation. Don’t place them on an uninsulated exterior wall or ceiling. Temperature extremes can affect the batteries.

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The placement of smoke detectors is very important. Sleeping areas need the most protection. One detector in a short hallway outside the bedroom area is usually adequate.

  • Do not place a detector closer than 3 feet from an air register that might re-circulate smoke.
  • Make sure smoke detectors are at least 18 inches from a corner.
  • Do not place a unit on an uninsulated exterior wall or ceiling.
  • Place smoke detectors at least 3 feet from ceiling fans.

There are two basic types of smoke detectors:

1. Ionization detectors – Ionization detectors contain radioactive material that ionizes the air, making an electrical path. When smoke enters, the smoke molecules attach themselves to the ions. The change in electric current flow triggers the alarm. The radioactive material is called americium. It’s a radioactive metallic element produced by bombardment of plutonium with high-energy neutrons. The amount is very small and not harmful.

2. Photoelectric detectors – This type of detectors contain a light source (usually a bulb) and a photocell, which is activated by light. Light from the bulb reflects off the smoke particles and is directed towards the photocell. The photocell then is activated to trigger the alarm.

Keeping Smoke Detector in good condition is easy. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to replace the batteries every year or as needed. Most models will make a chirping, popping or beeping sound when the battery is losing its charge. When this sound is heard, install a fresh battery, preferably an alkaline type.

The importance of using the smoke detector

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Ceiling fans

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans can bring numerous energy saving benefits to the home. Most Ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you money in utility bills in both the winter and summer months.

 

When you decide you are ready to install a new ceiling fan in your home or a replace an old one, don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

 

There are actually many benefits to having a ceiling fan all year long. I would like to list the benefits of installing a ceiling fan in your new home.

In the winter time, a ceiling fan circulating the air helps to distribute warmth coming from a space heater or heating stove around the neighboring rooms of the house.

In the summer months, your ceiling fan offers the greatest energy saving benefits when run in a counter-clockwise direction. While a ceiling fan does not necessarily lower the temperature, it does make the room feel cooler by providing a circulatory breeze. If the outside temperature is not too high, you might be able to achieve a comfortable environment by turning off the HVAC altogether, by opening a few windows and allowing the ceiling fan to circulate warm air outdoors. Effective circulation can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, and reduce air conditioning bills by up to 40%.

Ceiling fans provide alternative for the air conditioner, when the heat is not too bad, and they are less costly in electricity. The electricity consumed by operating a ceiling fan is pennies per month when compared to dollars a month for a modern efficient air conditioner.

 

 

Ceiling fans can be an easy update to an old room and add significant circulation.

This is beneficial during summer months to circulate cold air and in the winter months to push down warm air. Whether you are looking for a quick decoration update or want to make your home more energy efficient, adding a ceiling fan could be a good choice for your home.

Installing a ceiling fan in your home can save you money each month on your utility bills, when used correctly.

Make sure your ceiling fans are strategically placed throughout your home or business in rooms that are used the most often. Also, make sure your ceiling fan blades are 7-9 feet above the floor, and 10-12 inches below the ceiling. Your ceiling fan should also be installed 18 inches away from any walls.

Angled ceilings require that you install “downrods” (also called extension tubes or downtubes) that will lower the motor and fan blades so they’ll clear a sloped ceiling surface. The more space between the ceiling and the fan, the better. The fan will have more air to draw from, and you’ll feel more air movement because the blades are closer to you.

 

Most fans come with a short downrod designed for mounting on 8-ft. ceilings. If your ceiling’s less than 8 ft., you’ll need to remove the rod provided and flush-mount the fan. But if you have a higher or sloped ceiling, purchase a longer downrod.

When you decide you are ready to install a new ceiling fan in your home or a replace an old one, don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

 

Ceiling fans provide alternative for the air conditioner, when the heat is not too bad, and they are less costly in electricity.Contact US