Why Different Light Bulbs? Why so many different light bulb types? You have probably noticed your local store carries many types of light bulbs. Each light bulb may appear similar, but there are definitely differences between the types of light bulbs you can buy. For this edition of our Plugged-In blog, we will describe a few types of light bulbs and highlight some of their features. Light Bulb Types Incandescent Light Bulb: This is the light bulb everyone usually thinks of because it is most common for homeowners. These bulbs emit light by heating the filament inside. According to the Department of Energy the incandescent bulb is the least efficient type… Read MoreContinue Reading
Dimmer Switches Have you ever thought of the benefits of dimmer switches? Instead of a standard on/off light switch, a dimmer switch gives you lighting options for your room. For this month’s blog, we will mention a few benefits of having a dimmer switch as well as very important electrical considerations for it. Dimmer Switch Benefits A dimmer switch allows variable light settings for a room. So then, you have the option of lighting at full brightness, low brightness and everything in between. You will have the freedom to determine the lighting ambiance needed! Dimmed lights consume less energy which can save money on electric bills. Dimming your lights can increase… Read MoreContinue Reading
Using Power Strips
Using Power Strips Power strips are useful tools for this time of year. You may be using a power strip for several reasons. Today, we want to mention a few things about the appropriate use of power strips and some things you should try to avoid. First things first, not all power strips are UL listed. Which means, Underwriters Laboratories has not tested the product or has not determined if it meets specific provisions. We highly recommend using power strips that are UL listed because their quality has been tested. Overall, power strips with surge protectors are designed to protect your devices by ‘tripping’ (shutting off power) when excess electrical… Read MoreContinue Reading
Home Exterior Electrical
Home Exterior Electrical Have you checked your home’s exterior electrical system recently? This is a good time of year to check the outside electrical of your home before the winter weather becomes a factor. If you haven’t looked at the exterior of your home, we suggest you take a look very soon. Here are a few things to review when it comes to home exterior electrical. Exterior Electrical Review Test GFCI outlets on the exterior of your house (if applicable). For specific instructions on how to test these outlets, checkout our previous blog on Home Electrical Routine Maintenance. If your exterior outlets are not GFCI, we recommend replacing the existing… Read MoreContinue Reading
Electrical Considerations for Basement Finish
Electrical Considerations for Basement Finish Your basement offers useful space in your home. We meet customers using basement space in many unique ways. And however you decide to use your basement, one thing you’ll want to consider is your basement’s electrical needs. If your basement is unfinished, there are several ideas to consider in your basement finish plans. In this blog we will highlight some of them. Ideas for Basement Finish Plans Electrical for Smoke Detectors. Do not finish your basement without proper safety measures. Be sure to include electrical plans for smoke detector placement and installation. You would be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Electrical Sub Panel.… Read MoreContinue Reading
Preparing Your House for Sale
Preparing Your House for Sale When preparing a house for sale, one of the top thing’s inspectors look at is the electrical system. The electrical system is one of the most important aspects on an inspection because it could make or break a home sale. In our experience, here are some of the most common things that pop-up on electrical inspections. Please note: these issues require a licensed electrician for addressing and fixing the problems. (Stay safe, we don’t want you to experience a home electrical incident) GFCI Outlets. A common electrical inspection issue is not having GFCI plugs near wet locations or water sources (i.e. kitchens, baths, garage, basement).… Read MoreContinue Reading
Is Your Smoke Alarm Working?
Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? When was the last time you tested your smoke alarm? It is one of the smallest items in your home and is very important to maintain. The National Fire Protection Association mentions shocking statistics when it comes to fire safety and smoke alarms. Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. What Should A Homeowner Do To Maintain Their Smoke… Read MoreContinue Reading
Home Electrical Routine Maintenance
Home Electrical Routine Maintenance Are you cleaning out areas of your home for Spring Cleaning? This is the time of year when most people are clearing out the clutter, tossing unnecessary items and rearranging home decor. With all of this attention on your home, now is the perfect time for routine maintenance of your electrical system! Here is a basic checklist for homeowners wanting to review their electrical system. Outlets: use a receptacle tester to make sure your electrical outlets are still grounded. If you do not have a receptacle tester, use a small electronic device such as a cell phone charger. You want to make sure each outlet has… Read MoreContinue Reading
Best Time For Electrical Updates?
Best Time For Electrical Updates? Are you thinking about making electrical updates? Money spent on home improvement is projected to increase over 7% in 2019 (according to Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard). This points to a trend that more people are investing in their homes and rental properties. So when is the best time of year to schedule your electrical update? For starters, it is best to begin a home project when you are financially prepared for it and no sooner. Homeowners either get into unwanted debt or end up with an unfinished project if they haven’t prepared for the investment. That being said, here are a few… Read MoreContinue Reading
What Is Tripping My Breaker?
What is Tripping My Breaker? A tripping breaker is annoying. At random, homeowners end up without power in parts of their home and it begs the question, “why is this happening? ” While this may be frustrating, keep in mind that your breaker’s safety mechanism is still operating! It is preventing your electrical system from overloading by shutting down the circuit completely. And that is a good thing. There are many reasons your breaker could be tripping. Briefly, we’ll mention 3 common reasons: #1- The breaker is bad. With your eyes only, look at your breaker box (because touching before looking could be bad!) and note any burning or visible… Read MoreContinue Reading