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Is Home Automation Everything It’s Cracked Up to Be?

May 21st, 2018

man looking at smart phone while he sets thermostatThe simple answer to this question is “yes,” though we don’t expect you to take that at face value. Naturally, you want to know the benefits of home automation so that you can make an educated decision about whether or not it’s a valuable investment on your end.

First, we want to start by saying that given the vast electrical wiring in Mason, OH needed to install a home automation system and all the equipment that goes along with it, you must hire a professional. Not only will this ensure your safety, but it will ensure your home is up to code, as well. Without further ado, here are just some of the advantages of home automation!

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Have You Considered These Aesthetic Electrical Additions?

May 7th, 2018

beautiful home interior with recessed lightingMore and more homeowners are seeking ways to improve not only the comfort of their households, but also the visual appeal. This may be so that they can entertain, or even just enjoy some comfortable alone time after long and draining days at work. Many times, this includes the installation of electrical appliances and equipment such as home theaters, kitchen appliances, and more.

We want to stop here and make sure we mention how important it is that a professional Florence, OH electrician perform any type of electrical installation in your home. This is for a few reasons. Your safety is a number one concern. But also, do you know how much voltage your electrical system can actually handle? Chances are if your home is more than a few decades old, you’re due for an electrical panel upgrade. When you have that handled, then you can start considering the following aesthetic electrical additions.

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Steps To Keep Your Historical Property Valuable

April 23rd, 2018

roof of older home on blue sky backgroundDepending on who you ask, a historic property can be a fantastic investment, or it can be way more money than it’s worth. The latter could be true, if a historical property isn’t updated as it should be. A huge part of historical home preservation in Cincinnati, OH is making sure that it’s safe and habitable, which can be done by making sure everything is up to code. In particular, we’re talking about the electrical system.

Outdated electrical panels can cause many problems in a property, especially in an older one. If these aging panels use fuses rather than circuit breakers (which is common in building constructed before 1960) then you shouldn’t hesitate to contact us for new electrical wiring and electrical panel installations. Fuse boxes are unsafe with when met with modern electrical loads and are potential fire hazards.

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Do I Need Electrical System Updates?

April 9th, 2018

American electrical outlet and cover plate, with screwdriver and wire nutsThroughout the course of your homeownership, you may have likely had a circuit breaker trip here and there. Maybe you noticed lights flickering every now and then, too. Perhaps you have an old electrical system—but should you be worried about this? Well, electrical troubles can be serious, even if their initial symptoms don’t seem that way. Electrical fires account for hundreds of home fires every year, and many of them are preventable.

We urge you to never neglect your need for electrical repairs in Cincinnati, OH, and consider an electrical system upgrade if your home if your home was built decades ago and never had one. Doing so can reduce your risk of electrical fires as well as electrocution, helping you live in a safer home. But, how do you know for sure when you need electrical repairs?

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Fire Safety: Smoke Detectors Are Just the Beginning

March 26th, 2018

Common plastic white home smoke detector alarm, preventing an abnormal smoke in the room from perhaps a fire with a sound very loud. In the image, there is a big fire in the room and there is smoke that rises to the ceiling where is placed the equipement. This one is mounted on wooden ceiling. For example in France country, those smoke detector are required since march 2015. On the sensor is written that we should not paint it, and direction to open or close it, there is the test button because we need to check it regularly, and a red led indicating that the battery inside is always good.One of the most important things you can do in your home to protect not only the property but your family as well is to have smoke detectors professionally hardwired into your electrical system. Of course, to do this you’ll want to make sure you hire the best professional electricians in Hamilton, OH.

The reason that hardwiring your smoke detectors is such a good idea is because then they can be interconnected, so if one goes off in one room of the home, the others sound their alarm too. This way if you don’t hear it due to sleeping, you’ll be alerted to the danger right away.

But fire safety is about more than just having smoke detectors adequately installed. It’s also about making sure your entire electrical system is in good condition. Below are some electrical services for you to consider, ensuring this is the case.

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Flickering Lights and Other Dangerous Electrical Symptoms

March 12th, 2018

Beautiful New Hardwood floors home interiorHave you ever walked into your home and flipped on a light switch to have it flicker a bit before coming on completely? Or maybe you turn an appliance or light on in one room and the lighting in another room flickers. You may write this off as just something that happens, particularly in an older home.

But what you’re actually dealing with is a problem that requires professional electrical services in Cincinnati, OH. You wouldn’t ignore a burst pipe pouring water into your home, right? Nor would you ignore an air conditioner that’s pumping hot air into your home. Therefore, an electrical system that’s not behaving as it should, shouldn’t be neglected either—especially since you’re facing more than just property damage by ignoring this issue—you’re facing a fire hazard.

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This Electrical Installation Can Improve Your Home Efficiency

February 26th, 2018

wooden ceiling fanWith temperatures still on the chillier side, particularly at night, chances are that you’re still using your heater on a pretty regular basis. Soon enough though, you’ll be switching over to your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. What if we told you there was one simple electrical installation you could have done that will help make both of your HVAC systems work more efficiently, therefore saving you money?

It’s rare that adding an electrical appliance would actually leave you paying less for your energy bills, but that’s exactly what can happen with a Cincinnati, OH ceiling fan installation! Keep reading for more details, and if you’d like more information about this or any other type of electrical installation—since that is our expertise—don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

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Should You Label Your Circuit Breakers?

February 12th, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundAs a homeowner, or even as a renter, it’s important to understand the very basics of the electrical system in the home in which you live, so that you know what to do when something goes wrong. One component of your electrical system where this is especially important is your Cincinnati, OH electrical panel—also known as your circuit breaker box. This is what’s responsible for dividing up the electrical power in your home into circuits.

You may have moved into homes in the past where the electrical panel or fuse box was already labeled, so that you could easily find which switch led to which outlet or electrical appliance. However, your current living space may not have come with this useful guide, and therefore the onus might be on you to create one.

Fortunately, this is not a difficult task. You’ll want to grab a piece of paper, a writing utensil, and a housemate of the human variety (your dog won’t be much help).

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Signs You’re in Need of an Electrical Panel Upgrade

January 29th, 2018

two electricians in hard hats working on electrical panelAt some point over the course of your homeownership, you may have had a circuit breaker trip. Or maybe you’ve noticed lights flickering every now and then. Do you have an older living space, with an equally old electrical system? If so, and you notice these symptoms more than once, then it is time to pay attention.

Electrical problems can be serious, even if their initial symptoms don’t seem that way at first. Electrical fires account for hundreds of injuries each year, some fatal, and most preventable. Covington, KY electrical repair services, such as upgrading your home’s wiring or electrical panel, may be necessary to ensure your safety, as well as the integrity of your home. But how do you know when you need these services?

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Considerations to Make for Your Indoor Lighting

January 15th, 2018

large kitchen with under cabinet lighting and pendent lighting hanging from ceilingWhen it comes to making any type of electrical upgrade in your home, you have many considerations to make. It is first important to note that due to the increased demand we place on our homes with various high-efficiency appliances and other electrical equipment, the first step you should take before any new installation is to have your system inspected in case you may need an electrical panel or wiring upgrade.

There’s no exception for a Mason, OH indoor lighting installation. Whatever lighting choices you make, you want to ensure that your home’s electrical grid can support them, for your safety as well as convenience. But of course, we understand that if you’re considering adding indoor lighting, it’s for aesthetic reasons, too! So we’ve shared some tips below on what to consider in regards to indoor lighting in your home.

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