It is hard to go anywhere these days without hearing about the state of our environment or our economy. Both subjects are very serious and slightly overwhelming to think about. If you want to do a little something to help out your own pocketbook while making a slight impact on the environmental issues, you can switch to CFL bulbs in your home. Yes, it is that simple! If you want to learn more, talk with your electrician. Glendale residents can call H Electric and talk with the friendly staff about why the switch to CFL bulbs can make such a huge difference.
What it boils down to is this; CFLs cost more up front. A single bulb will run you anywhere from three to five dollars, but, and this is a big one, they will last significantly longer. An average, inexpensive incandescent bulb lasts about 800 to 1500 hours. A Compact Florescent Bulb lasts about 10,000 hours. We are talking about 10 times longer than that cheap bulb. And, the best part about it for you is the CFL bulbs use 75 percent less electricity.
This electricity use reduction is where you help the environment. Less electricity burned means less needed, which translates to less fossil fuels being burned. It is estimated that using CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs would translate to reducing pollution equal to about 2 million cars being taken off the road. That is definitely a very good reason to switch. If you have an outdated light fixture, you may need to have a new one installed by an electrician. Glendale homeowners can add value to their home by making it more energy efficient, while saving money on their monthly electric bill. If you are ready to update your light fixtures or have other electrical needs, give H Electric a call today.
You know the necessity of having working smoke detectors in your house. However, they tend to blend in with the ceiling and you often forget they are even there until you burn toast. Or you become annoyed by the constant beeping sound that indicates the battery is low on a detector. It is easy to ignore for a while and then pretty soon you take it down and remove the battery just to give yourself some peace. Unfortunately, the smoke detectors may sit there for hours, days or weeks without being properly refurbished with a fresh battery. Your electrician in Glendale wants you to know how dangerous that is. However, H Electric has a solution to this scenario—hard-wired smoke detectors.
Protect your home no matter if you forget to buy fresh batteries or somebody borrows the battery out of your smoke detector. Hard-wired detectors are wired directly into your home’s main electric by an electrician. Glendale residents will have peace of mind knowing the devices are operating 24/7. There is a place for a battery to be used as backup in the event of a power outage. All you will need to do is perform monthly tests to ensure your smoke detector is functioning correctly.
One of the major benefits to the hard-wired smoke detectors is the interconnection between all of the detectors in the house. While it is recommended there be at least one detector on each level of a home, it doesn’t hurt to add a few more, especially if the house is large. When the detector in one area of the house is activated, all of the smoke detectors in the home will sound. This alerts the entire house and can add precious seconds to the family’s escape time.
If you would like to schedule your appointment to have your home equipped with hard-wired smoke detectors, give H Electric a call today.
Having a home generator can mean the difference between riding out a power outage in comfort or in misery. If you live in an area prone to power outages or just like to be prepared for anything, you will want to consider the benefits of having a standby generator installed by an electrician. Glendale homeowners have been relying on H Electric for years. You can too.
There are 2 main types of generators; portable and hard-wired. Portable generators are the kind with wheels that are often used in wilderness cabins and when people are camping. They tend to be a bit louder than their counterparts, but are less costly than the hard-wired generators.
When a person needs to use their portable generator, they will need to transport it close to the home in order for power cords to be plugged into it from inside the house. When the power goes out, the user will need to go out and start the generator and proceed to hook up the various extension cords. Portable generators should never be used indoors. This means you will need to be outside in the weather.
Standby generators are installed near your home by an electrician. Glendale homeowners will need to have a certified electrician perform the install due to the electrical requirements needed to wire the generator into your home’s main power.
When the power goes out, the generator comes on. It is that simple. You do not need to worry about getting gear on to go outside in inclement weather. During the installation process, your electrician will have installed a device that monitors the electric flowing into your home. The second the power is interrupted, the generator kicks on.
If you would like to learn more about how you can save yourself the hassle of dealing with a portable generator, give H Electric a call. We would love to talk with you more about your generator options.
Our society is moving towards a more energy efficient lifestyle. While it is certainly nice to save some cash on the electric bill every month, it also just makes sense to learn how to preserve instead of waste. In this case, wasting electricity gets rather costly. There are some things each household could do to reduce the demand for power. An electrician in Glendale has some tips for you to implement in your own home.
*Unplug devices when they are not in use. When you head out for work in the morning, unplug your cellphone charger as well as other chargers you use for tablets, laptops and iPods. These devices are still drawing energy even if there is nothing connected to the other end. Unplug the toaster, coffeepot and can opener as well.
*Switch out halogen bulbs for CFL bulbs. These are more energy efficient and actually last 4 times longer than the cheaper halogen bulbs.
*Install ceiling fans to help circulate air and reduce the demand on your heater during the winter and the air conditioner during the winter. This is a job for an electrician. Glendale residents can rely on H Electric for prompt, professional service.
*Install dimmer switches in areas like the dining room and living room. It isn’t always necessary to have the lights on full power. Dimmer switches are a fairly simplistic job that your electrician can handle for you.
*Use the air dry setting on your dishwasher instead of the heated dry. If you are leaving the dishes overnight or sitting in the dishwasher all day, they will dry without using the heat feature. Only wash full loads of dishes.
These are just some of the things you can do to reduce the amount of electricity your home uses on a daily basis. If you would like more tips or would like to have a ceiling fan or dimmer switch installed, give H Electric a call today.
That inner do-it-yourself attitude can help you accomplish a lot around the house without spending a lot of extra money. However, not every job can be taken care of with a pair of pliers and a couple of screwdrivers. There are times when you actually need a professional who has been trained to handle specific things, like electricity. Electricity is dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. It is never a good idea to try and find out if you know how to handle electricity by employing the trial by fire method. Instead, call an electrician. Glendale residents can trust H Electric to take care of any of those little problems around the house you are not sure you can handle. The following reasons are just some of the things that will require the professional service of an electrician.
*Burning wire smells or visible smoke from around an outlet. Crackling noises that indicate frying or burning wires indicate there is a serious problem. Turn off the power and call an electrician immediately.
*Flickering lights that are not made better when a bulb is changed out. This may be a faulty fixture or a wire shorting out. Do not attempt to fix it yourself, call an electrician. Burbank homeowners do not want to risk an electrical fire by putting off problems of this nature.
*Breakers that trip frequently for no apparent reason will likely need to be changed out or upgraded. You may need an electric panel upgrade. This can be evaluated by having an electrical safety inspection completed.
*When you are installing a new air conditioner or hot tub, you will need a dedicated breaker. This will have to meet county code requirements, which will typically require an electrician.
If you have a problem you are not sure you should handle on your own, give H Electric a call and we would be happy to help you.
As our nation continues to move towards a more environmentally friendly way of life, many of us are looking into electric cars. Our motives may also be driven by the ridiculous price of gasoline that continues to increase. As we look at different options, electric cars and their high miles per gallon are looking more appealing. However, the only catch is the cars are only beneficial when they are charged and do not need to rely on gasoline to run.
This is where we run into a bit of a hang-up—getting the cars charged. Thankfully, there is an answer to this little problem—your electrician. Glendale residents will be thrilled to know that with the help of H Electric, charging their car at home is possible and relying on expensive gas will not be an issue.
You are probably wondering how an electrician can help you save money on fuel, right? When you are out shopping for your new electric car or maybe you already own one, look into the Level II chargers that are out there. Yes, they are more expensive, but in many ways it may well be worth the cost. This will depend on where you live and how much you drive your car.
Level II electric car chargers charge your car in about 8 hours. This is a full charge, not just enough to get you to work, but not home. Level I chargers require anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to fully charge the car.
You will need an electrician in Glendale to install the 240-volt outlet needed for the Level II charger. Because these are higher-powered charging stations, they require more electricity than their counterparts that can be plugged in anywhere. If you are interested in learning more about how your electrician can help you, give H Electric a call today. Our friendly staff would love to talk with you more about your electrical needs.
We all want to stay cool this summer, but can we afford the electric bill if the air conditioner runs day and night? With the rising costs of electricity, homeowners and business owners are doing whatever they can to save a few dollars on the electric bill. While it may look good on paper, shutting off the air conditioner or turning it up so it does not run very often is not always the best option. Hot families, customers and employees tend to be a bit cranky; making for an uncomfortable environment. Don’t risk happiness by trying to save a few pennies. Your electrician in Glendale has another option for you. H Electric has the experienced staff you need to install a ceiling fan for you.
Ceiling fans can help you save those precious dollars without sacrificing the comfort and happiness of the people who are in the home or business. A cool breeze can go a long way when it comes to cooling people off and making them more comfortable. Ceiling fans are energy efficient and can actually help cut down on cooling costs. The blades circulate the air instead of letting it become stagnant. Thermostats will sense the air is hot and will tell the air conditioner to keep on running, driving up your electric bill.
If you are not completely convinced about the benefits of a ceiling fan, there is more. Your home or business will also benefit from a fan when it is time to turn on the heater. The fan circulates the air, driving the warm air down to where people mill about and the thermostat reads a room’s temperature.
Now that you are sold on installing a ceiling fan, give your Glendale electrician a call. H Electric is here to help you save money on your electric bills while keeping cool in the summer and warm in the summer.
You have probably flipped a switch and seen the quick blue flash and heard the popping sound indicating the light bulb just blew. You go and get another bulb, replace it and flip the switch again. What if the bulb doesn’t work or flickers? Or have you plugged something in and it doesn’t work? You try another outlet and it does. These are signs you may have an issue with the electrical wiring in your home.
Although it may seem completely harmless and more of an inconvenience, it truly can be a serious problem. You should call an electrician. Glendale residents will need to do this sooner rather than later. It is entirely likely there is a problem that needs to be handled by a professional. H Electric is available to take care of these troubleshooting needs.
In many cases, it is a loose wire that can be easily fixed. The wire may be in the lighting fixture or in the switch. Your electrician will need to do an electrical inspection to uncover the reason behind the flickering lights or faulty outlets. There is a chance your electrician in Glendale will uncover a bigger problem. Faulty wiring is a leading cause of house fires. You certainly don’t want to ignore the earliest signs of trouble. It is also important that you let an experienced professional handle what seems like a fairly simple task.
Black marks around an outlet or a fixture that continuously blows lights are definitely indications you need to have an electrician come out. You will sleep much better at night after an electrical inspection. Knowing what you are up against is an important step in fixing it. The friendly staff at H Electric is here to help you determine what you need to make your home’s wiring safe again.
Electricity is never a guarantee. While it tends to remain pretty reliable, there are times when surges are passed through the lines and into whatever appliance you may have plugged in at the time. Computers are extremely sensitive to these surges and most of the costly game consoles that tend to remain plugged in while not in use are as well. This can end up costing you thousands of dollars in replacement costs.
While lightning is often blamed for external surges, it is not the only cause. Surges can happen at any time of the day no matter the weather. When typical appliances like your refrigerator or air conditioner kick on, they draw additional power, taking it away from the other items that are plugged in. Your computer will remain on, but when the refrigerator compressor turns off, all of that power surges back into your computer. If you are concerned your home is as risk of a power surge, call an electrician. Glendale residents can rely on the professional service H Electric offers to take care of this issue.
Whole house surge protectors are a great way to protect your expensive appliances from sudden power surges. The surge protector is installed outside by an electrician. Glendale homeowners can choose protectors that protect against surges all the way up to 20,000 volts. Some of the higher-end models monitor the weather in your area and will automatically turn off the power supply to the most sensitive appliances.
The whole home protectors are designed to protect your equipment from surges generated from outside your home. Internal surges, like the kind caused by your refrigerator, are not included in the whole house surge protector. You will need to keep your computer, consoles and other sensitive equipment plugged into localized surge protectors to prevent damage from those internal surges. H Electric is ready to talk with you about protecting your home from damaging external surges.
One of the easiest ways to enhance your landscaping is with strategically placed lighting. Soft or bright lights highlight areas of your yard you want to show off or want to enhance the safety of. Pathways are made safer when lined with lights. This is essential to your family’s safety as well as visiting guests who are not familiar with the layout of your landscaping.
When it comes to landscape lighting, you have a few options. You can choose to install the lights yourself or call an electrician. Glendale home and business owners can rely on H Electric for prompt and professional service.
If your main focus is safety, security lights that are bright and light up a wide area are a good option. These can be mounted over a driveway, parking lot and entryway. Most are wired with motion detectors and will automatically come on when somebody approaches. An electrician in Glendale can install a security light wherever you feel it is needed.
Solar lights are ideal for lining pathways and accenting garden features. They put off a soft glow and do not require any electricity to operate which makes them extremely easy to place anywhere in the landscaping.
Landscape lighting powered with electricity tends to be more reliable, but it requires a little more work to install and you will need to make sure there is power available. In many cases, this is a job for an electrician. The electrician will need to install an additional outdoor outlet dedicated to the landscape lighting.
If you are planning to use an existing outlet, you could install the lights yourself. You will need to dig a trench to bury the wire and connect the wire to the transformer box. Instructions are included with the light sets and are pretty easy to follow.