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Holiday Electrical Fun and Surges

With the holiday season approaching, some people get really excited to celebrate the time of year. For some people, this includes decorations and lighting appropriate for the specific holidays they celebrate, for religious reasons or otherwise. Once the lighting has been set up and is functioning properly, it can be a beautiful display. Setting the lighting up will be fun, but in some cases can pose challenges and require creative solutions.

Do You Light Up During the Holidays? What You Should Know

Holidays are a known time for seeing friends and family, some of whom you may not be able to see often throughout the rest of the year. A hobby some people love during the holidays is to add decorative lighting to add a warm welcoming appeal to their homes. Whether your lighting is serious and somber to show your religious beliefs or fun and playful to reflect your personality, there are a few things to be aware of with the extra power draw your decorations put on your house.

Winter Storms and Electrical Damage

Summer storms are bad enough for the damage they cause to your home and the inconvenience of having to make repairs. Winter storms can be worse as they can as much or more damage. When the power goes out in winter, it is scary and potentially dangerous if you aren't prepared to spend some time without power. Most of what you do while at home relies on power, whether hobbies to pass the time or heating the space and keeping yourself and your family comfortable.

Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

Autumn is known as a good time to conduct maintenance and repairs on a home to fix damage caused by summer storms and prepare for winter. You may typically think in terms of roof and siding repair, but there is more to your house than exterior cosmetics. The fall is also a good time to inspect your electric systems and assure they are functioning properly according to the needs of you and your family.

Add Lights to Increase Your Home's Warmth and Welcoming Quotient

Everyone knows that lights have an important purpose to provide the ability for you to see in the darkness. However, this practical application is only one of the reasons why lighting is so important in your home. The strategic placement of lights can add warmth and coziness while increasing its curb appeal. 

Do Electric Repairs and Upgrades Pay for Themselves?

Homeowners expect their house to always function at peak efficiency with minimal costs for repairs and upgrades. You're not alone if you have better ways to spend your hard earned money than hiring an electrician to incorporate the latest and greatest technologies into your house. However, sometimes it is a good call to invest in the long term function and economy of the house, as repairs and upgrades often pay for themselves with savings over time.

Customizing New Construction Homes

Nothing is quite so exciting as building a new home, especially when you're building your dream home to custom designs to suit every need your family could ever hope for. The rooms are placed the way you want them and the traffic flow is paced the way you want it. One aspect which is often overlooked but should be planned is the electric system for your new house. The electric system is more intricate than simply providing an outlet wherever you think you may want a light, but instead requires forethought and planning.

3 Things to Consider When Replacing Your Ceiling Fan

Although you may not have considered it, your ceiling fan can help you save on your energy bills. The National Association of House Builders estimates that ceiling fans can help you reduce your energy bills by 30 to 40 percent. With that in mind, we want you to know that there is more to choosing your ceiling fan than ensuring the fan matches your décor.

Typical Home Repairs Requiring a Licensed Electrician

You know how to do more than change a light bulb and are able to make some electrical repairs or upgrades yourself. Other repairs require using a licensed electrician. Consider a faulty switch, or non-functioning outlet, for example. It's not a difficult job to buy a new one from a hardware store and replace the old, but do you know what caused the failure in the first place? It may have been a one time power surge, but it may be a short in the wiring leading to the failure. A professional electrician can determine the cause and assure the safety of your family rather than fixing the symptom and hoping for the best.

New Construction: Build to Code or Better than Code?

To the layman, the job of the licensed electrician seems like medieval wizardry. You tend to check an electrician’s credentials and then trust him to do the job according to the best current standards defined through the local building code. With larger jobs and new construction, you know the work is okay because code inspectors, appraisers, and your private inspector provide redundant checks to make sure no problems exist in the work.

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