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AC Units Can Cause Electrical Problems

electrical problemsThis is the time of year an electrician will start getting calls for electrical problems connected to Air Conditioning.  AC Units will start tripping circuit breakers, dimming lights and sometimes causing partial power outages.

Why Your AC Unit Causes Your Electric to Go Haywire

There are a few common reasons why AC Units can cause problems with your existing electrical wiring or cause your circuit breakers to trip.  It could be that your home is underpowered and doesn’t have enough electricity to handle the AC Unit and all it’s other electrical needs.  Another reason is that your AC Unit may be connected to an overloaded circuit.   Faulty breakers or loose connections inside or outside the circuit breaker panel are also common reasons why your AC Unit may be causing problems.

When To Call Your Electrician For Electrical Problems

Anytime you have problems with your electric is a good time to call your electrician. It takes a skilled technician to fix electricity and to follow the rules and codes of electrical wiring.   If you notice problems with your electricity when you turn your AC Unit on, it’s time to call your electrician for some electrical repair.

Your electrician will be able to tell you a few solutions to the problem you’re having and what you can do about it.  Sometimes circuit breakers are obsolete or need to be overhauled.  If your home is underpowered or your circuit breaker is overloaded, your electrician can give you options to fix your electrical problems.

Things You Can Do to Be Energy Efficient

Use ceiling fans to help cool your house.  They will keep the air circulating and keep you cool.  Turn off the lights when you’re not using them or if you can use sunlight.  This will reduce your electric use and help keep your house cooler.

Switch to LED light bulbs instead of incandescent lights.  They are cheaper to run and they run cooler so you’re not putting off heat into the room.

Consider installing a timer on your thermostat so you can regulate the temperature to stay cooler when you’re home or sleeping.   It doesn’t make much sense to cool your house when you’re not there.

Your electrician is a good person to call if you are having electrical issues that need attention.  He can also help you determine if your house needs an electrical overhaul.  Maybe you don’t need many repairs but your electric bill is sky high.  Your electrician can evaluate your home and give you advice on what you can do to lower your bill.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a company you can count on.  If you have any questions or need to schedule electric repairs, please call (859) 746-9440

 

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Preparing for BBQ Season With Outdoor Electricity

electricityAdd some electricity to your party!  There are many ways to enhance your deck or patio that will make grilling fun and exciting this summer.  Spring is in the air and it’s time to think about grilling, entertaining and enjoying your home the way you’ve always wanted to.

Outdoor Outlets Provide More Electricity

Adding a few outdoor electrical outlets to your patio or deck is a good way to ensure you can have access to the electricity you want, where you want it.  Do away with extension cords running everywhere.  They are a fire hazard outside and you don’t want your friends or kids tripping on them.

Having more outdoor outlets will allow you to put in fountains and ponds in areas where you couldn’t before.  Adding the sound of running water to your backyard will create a soothing atmosphere that will make you want to linger longer.

Having extra electrical outlets in addition to hardwired electricity gives you the option to change things up and move things around.  You will be able to plug in music, fans or heaters, as you desire.

Outdoor Lighting

Nothing creates ambiance like the right lighting.  If you are planning a barbeque or outdoor party at night, you need outdoor lighting.  Whether you use the lighting for sight or enjoy the look of outdoor lights in your yard, lights can make a huge difference in how you and your guests feel.

Decorative lighting in your yard is beautiful.  Today solar lights are used everywhere.  They are often inexpensive but require batteries or upkeep.  Hardwired lighting is more costly on your fuel bill but can save you money in maintenance.

Festive lighting is very popular for outdoor decks and patios.  A string of white lights or decorative lights add a whimsical touch to any home.  Soft lights at night create a fun atmosphere that screams romance.

Lighting is also an important aspect to your deck.  Having lights around the walkways or steps is a great way to prevent accidents and light up the way.

Outdoor Music

Nothing is as entrancing as outdoor music.  No matter what your musical preference having the music propelled into the yard is the best way to hear it.  Strategically placed speakers can create that enjoyable atmosphere you are wanting.  Lighten up your parties with just the right sound.

With outdoor electricity and wiring, you can enjoy your music from every location instead of just the boom box.   This allows you to either play soft music so everyone can hear it or blast the music throughout your yard so the neighborhood can hear it.

Spring and summer are just around the corner.  It’s time to capture the spirit and plan for your summer parties and barbeques by adding electricity to the mix.  Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with all your electrical needs and lighten up your backyard with spectacular nighttime views.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today and let’s get the party started!

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Environmentally Friendly Electricity

electricityEnvironmentally friendly electricity or green electricity is a hot topic in most places these days.  With the high cost of fuel and the worry of our planet’s depleting resources, it is no wonder people everywhere want to go green.   When fuels are burned, carbon dioxide the main gas responsible for climate change is released making power plants environmentally dangerous.  The United States has a higher consumption of fuel than any other country with China being the lowest.  To make matters worse, the United States buys most of it’s fuel and so we have the problem of relying on other countries to produce the large amount we consume.  So we see having environmentally friendly electricity is a two-fold problem.

Where Does Electricity Come From

Power plants create electricity by burning fuels such as gas and coal.   These fossil fuels for the most part come from other countries and will eventually be exhausted.  Finding replacement fuel or energy is what environmentally friendly electricity is all about.

There are many types of renewable energy.  This is energy that won’t be exhausted because Mother Nature replenishes it regularly.  An example of this type of power would be wind power and solar energy.  A large focus is seen, in companies searching for an alternative to gas and Coal.  Wind turbines have developed over the years making them quieter and more dependable.

Besides wind power we also have solar power.  Solar power works by turning sunlight into electricity.  With today’s technology, solar power can work even on cloudy days.  One down fall to solar energy is the cost.    Some homeowners are able to take advantage of solar energy.  Another way they do this is by using the sun’s energy to heat water on the roof before it is either further heated or stored.  14% of your electricity goes to heating water.

Today houses and buildings are being designed with the environment in mind to make maximum use of the sun.  Today much of the energy we currently use heating, lighting and air conditioning our homes can be saved.

If you live near Perry County, you may have heard about bio-mass and the use of burning wood to provide electricity to homes in the area.  This technique burns plant and plant based material and creates energy.  It is thought that the carbon dioxide the plant uses during its life will offset the carbon dioxide released during burning.

Other types of energy that creates electricity are nuclear energy, with it’s own concerns, geothermal energy, hydropower, wave or tidal power, landfill gas and waste incineration.  All these types of power have their drawbacks and so the search for an answer goes on.

What Can Homeowners Do To Save Electricity

There are many things we can do to save electricity.  Turning off lights and lowering or raising our thermostats is all good options.  We can purchase energy efficient appliances.  In 1992 the Energy Star Program started to allow customers to see which appliances were more energy efficient.  On average an appliance with the star will save 30% more in electricity.  Washing machines alone are 60% more energy efficient than they were 20 years ago.  They can save you up to $85 per year.  Not only do they save on electricity but they can use up to 8 fewer gallons per load.

Older appliances and electrical systems are not as energy efficient as they are today.  This is one of the benefits of getting new appliances or having new electricity installed.  Many times you can get rebates for going green and having environmentally friendly electricity or appliances.

If you have any questions please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity at (859)746-9440 we will be happy to help you with all your electricity needs.

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Northern Kentucky Security lights

security lights in Northern KentuckyYou Don’t have to dig a mote or bury traps for home protection.  Installing security lights in Northern Kentucky is one of many ways you can keep your home intruder proof.  There are many  easy ways to protect your home without breaking your wallet.  Here are just a few to get you started.

Make Sure Doors and Windows Are Secure

Many people make the mistake of not locking their door because they live in a safe neighborhood or maybe they feel locks aren’t much of a deterrent.  Locks, however, do help.  Burglars are looking for an easy mark.  The first thing they’ll do, is test the locks and the doors to see how sturdy they are.  If they feel it will be too hard, they might just pick a different house.  Having exterior lights at the door helps deter intruders and helps keep you safe as you unlock the door.

Sliding glass doors are viewed as an easy target,too.  The locks are usually not too secure and older sliding glass doors come off their hinges easily.  Placing a stick or pipe in the track of the door will keep it from opening even if the lock is busted.  Windows can also be an easy way in.  You can make sure all  your windows only open 6 inches by putting a dowel stick down the side track of the window leaving 6 inches free.  Keep exterior lights on motion sensors around the perimeter of the house to help make an intruder uncomfortable.  Don’t have large shrubs close to windows where an intruder could hide.

Protection Signs

Having a dog, especially a yappy dog is a great way to protect your property.  Thieves don’t want to attract attention or get hurt.  If you don’t have a dog, put a “beware of the dog,” sign up anyway.  When service people come to your house to work, make them wait until you put your dog (or pretend dog) away.

Place a “premises are protected by Xyz Company” by your drive.  This will let any would be burglar know that your house may be under a security system.  Burglars may wonder what you have that needs protection, but they will think twice before entering.

Install Security Lights in Northern Kentucky

Replacing outdoor lights with motion sensor lights will keep you safe without having lights on all night.  They don’t require as much electricity as a security lamp or streetlight because they are not on all the time and usually they aren’t as big.  Having Northern Kentucky security lights that come on when someone is in the target area, can light up any portion of your house or yard where you want to keep intruders away.

You can also install security cameras that capture movement at the doors or windows.  Dummy cameras also work well if you don’t want to spend the money or time monitoring cameras.  Most break-ins happen in the afternoon according to some reports.  Seeing cameras in the daylight will cause a thief to pick another home.  Having cameras near your exterior lights will do the same at night.

As you can see, thieves will pick the easiest target.  They will avoid any house that is hard to enter or presents a threat of getting caught.  It doesn’t always take an expensive security system to protect your house.  Installing exterior lights and security lights in Northern Kentucky will do the trick.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric would be happy to show you where to place security lights and how to better protect your home with the use of exterior lighting.  There are many benefits to hiring a professional electrician to secure your premisis.  If your interested in protecting your family, please give Rose Brothers & Sons Electric a call today.

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How Circuit Breakers Work

Ever wonder why there aren’t more accidents with all the electricity in your house?  Circuit breakers.  They protect the wiring in your house from ruining appliances and starting fires.  Without a circuit breaker, we would be in a world of danger and here’s why.

How Electricity is Designed

Electricity is designed to flow in a closed circuit.  Electricity enters a house from the electrical plant through the hot wire and goes into ground or the neutral wire.  These wires should never touch.  Electrical current flows through a house and meets resistance when it goes into appliances.  The resistance slows the current down and makes sure it flows at a safe level.

What Circuit Breakers Do

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Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers monitor the flow of electrical current in your house.  Their job is to stop the electricity any time the level of electricity is not safe.  Any spike or fluctuation in the current and the circuit breaker will stop the electricity from flowing.  This can happen when you have a short in the wire and the hot and ground wires are touching or maybe when an appliance overheats and melts the wires causing them to touch.  Faulty wiring, appliance malfunction and many other things can cause your circuit breaker to trip.

Before modern circuit breakers, the circuit breakers were fuses which were nothing more than wires encased in a capsule.  When a current was too high, the fuse would disintegrate, and stop the flow of current.  Each time this happened, it had to be replaced and a new fuse had to be purchased.

Today circuit breakers come in a few electric designs that use either an electromagnet, bimetallic strip, or explosive charge to throw the switch.  After they have been switched off, you just flip the switch back and they are ready to protect again the next time.

The picture on the right is a central circuit breaker panel in the circuit breaker box.  The circuit breakers can go to a group or area in your house, such as, your bedroom.  Circuit breakers can also be used for large appliances like your air conditioner.  The circuit breakers are usually marked so that you know what they are for.  They should all be switched to the same side, in the on position if they are all in use.

More advanced circuit breakers use electronic components and circuitry.  One of these is the GFCI (Ground fault circuit interrupter), These are used in homes to prevent electric shock.  They are commonly seen in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms at the wall socket.  The GFCI monitors the hot and ground wires to make sure they have the same flow.  As soon as the hot wire is slightly different then the ground, the circuit in interrupted.  This happens quickly at the site to prevent electrocution.

If you have any questions about your circuit breakers please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. If you are constantly having problems with your circuit breakers tripping it is a good idea to have your wiring checked and the problem repaired.

 

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Electricity Tips for Child Safety

safetyChild safety when it comes to electricity is a matter of being well informed about potential dangers and preventing them if your child is a toddler.  As your child ages, you won’t always be there to protect them.  Teaching them what to avoid and how to protect themselves can save their lives.

Electrical Safety in the House

Cords and power outlets are some of the most common things children get hurt with.  Youngsters are always trying to stick things into light sockets or outlets.  It is important, once your kids are old enough to understand, to teach them about the danger of outlets and sticking things into them.  This will prevent fires and damage to your electrical systems.  Many kids know firsthand that this is not a good idea.

Cords themselves can pose a danger if they are left out in the open for pets to chew or to be tripped over.  Children should be taught to notice if a wire is bare or an outlet is cracked.  Damaged electrical cords can cause a shock.  Teach them to never yank a cord out of the wall too.

Water and electricity don’t mix.  Teach your children to avoid plugging anything into an outlet if it is near standing water.  Never have a radio beside the bathtub or a curling iron.  Accidents happen and the risk is too great.

Electrical Safety Outside

Another area of concern is playing near electrical lines or substations.  Teach your children to look out for power lines when they are flying a kite.  Electricity can go through the string and into your child.  They should never intentionally try to hook something onto a power line.  Climbing a tree is also dangerous because the power lines can be hidden in the branches.  Electricity can travel through the branch and hurt your child.

Roofs are also dangerous.  Many power lines are attached to the home at the roof.  Make sure if a toy or ball goes on the roof, your kids will wait for an adult to get it.

Teach your children what a “Keep Out” sign or hazard signs look like.  If an area is fenced off, there is a reason.   If your child’s pet or toy gets inside a fenced off area, have them ask for help.  Many times there is a number on the fence to call.  Only authorized individuals should enter.

These are just a few of the ways children can learn about electrical safety.  If you notice an area in your house that could potentially cause a fire or be unsafe please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity and have the problem taken care of before its too late.

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Find a Northern Kentucky Electrician

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Your Northern Kentucky Electrician is in the business of serving you.  Finding the perfect Electrician can save you time and money now and in the future.  Because electrical problems are one of the leading causes of household fires, having a good electrician cannot be overstated.  Here are a few questions to ask your electrician before you hire him.

Are You Licensed and Insured?

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric has 3 master electricians and 3 assistants.  A master electrician is licensed to do both design and installation.  This is important because you know when a Rose Brothers & Son’s van arrives at your door; you have the most experienced and knowledgeable electrician in Northern Kentucky available.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is well insured with Worker’s Compensation and 2,000,000 in liability insurance.

Can I Depend on My Northern Kentucky Electrician?

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is a family owned business that was built on traditional values of honesty and integrity.  You can depend on them to show up when you schedule them and to be competent enough to do their work in a timely manner.   Sticking to your budget and being able to meet your timeline is an important aspect of providing the best service.  They have years of experience in most everything electric making them a great choice for all your electric needs.  Having an electrician who is on your home maintenance team is a great asset.

Knowing that your electrician in Northern Kentucky will be in business for years to come will give you a peace of mind.  Rose Brother & Sons Electric has been in business for quite awhile.  They have over 45 years experience and are dedicated to doing a job that is top notch.  They are proud to have repeat customers and a large customer base from word of mouth advertising.  Once you have experienced the quality of their service, your search for the perfect electrician in Northern Kentucky will be over.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric has experience in residential and industrial electricity.  They can work with your contractor or theirs to design and build a new structure or they also do remodeling and small electric repair.  They are available in emergency 24 hours a day.  They can pull permits when necessary and do electrical inspections of their own.  If you need an electrician for your business and your residence, they are available for both.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to the electrician, call Tim, at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

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Electricians in Verona Kentucky

electricians in Verona KentuckyLooking for electricians in Verona Kentucky?  Rose Brothers & Sons is the right choice.  They are a local, family owned business that incorporated in 2002 and is located in Florence KY.  The business is built on the ethics of honesty and hard work.  If you need any electrical service work done, they have the training and experience to do the job right.

Residential and Commercial Electricity

They have 45 years combined of service in residential and commercial electrical service.   They specialize in residential service changes, upgrades and breaks in service.  If you find yourself in an emergency during a storm, they offer storm repair and 24 hour emergency service.  They can help you keep your lights on and your service uninterrupted.

They have extensive electrical experience installing new circuits and high amp service with several industrial facilities, including Healthcare/medical buildings, restaurants, malls, banks, parking lots and multi-family building units.  They have the means to work overhead or underground and can provide all the electrical service you need.  We’ve all heard, “time is money” at Rose Brothers & Sons they know that your business cannot run without electricity and they will do all in their power to get your repairs or installations done in a responsible amount of time.  Their electricians are master electricians so they know how to follow a blue print and they are familiar with industry building codes so you can be sure they will get things done, the way you want it done and so that it will pass inspection.

Electricians in Verona Kentucky

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric has 3 master electricians with 3 assistants.  They also have three service vans loaded with all the equipment they need to tackle your electrical project.  This means they can service more people and you won’t have to wait for a technician to come out.

These electricians in Verona Kentucky are licensed and insured, trustworthy and dedicated to excellent timely service.  They are also versatile in what they know and do.  They are just as comfortable doing small electrical repairs as they are installing complex circuitry.  They can work on their own, or with your contractor,  to install primary service transformers and circuits in new homes, historical homes or remodeled homes.

Their vans are equipped with voltage meters and other equipment that can help them troubleshoot most electrical problems.  This means they are quick to assess the problem and correct it.  This saves you time and money in repairs and down time if you’re running a business.

To schedule service with your Verona Kentucky electricians, call Rose Brothers & Sons electric today!

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The Benefits of Hiring an Electrician in Northern KY

electrician in Northern KYA professional electrician in Northern KY should be licensed and insured.    You will save yourself a lot of headaches by not trying to do electrical work yourself.  Electrical work requires skills and equipment you probably don’t have and it can be very dangerous.  Here are a few things to consider when deciding to call an electrician instead of doing your own work.

Dependable Electric Work

Your Northern KY electrician has experience and training in electricity.  They understand how to troubleshoot problems and find correct solutions.  They know the proper way to install and repair electrical circuits and appliances.  They will be able to finish the job in a timely manner and will not make a small repair or installation into a bigger job by making mistakes.  When the job is done, you can rest assured, if it was a repair, that you won’t have the problem again because they will not only fix the problem but they will be able to recognize any underlying problems that were the cause.  If it was a new installation of either electrical wiring or appliances, you will know it was done according to building codes and industry standards.

Licensed Electrician in Northern KY

Having a master electrician on the job will ensure that you have the most qualified person working for you.  No matter how big the job is, you want the most qualified person to do the work.  Electricity is a specialized trade and requires special licenses.  Even experienced contractors will call a professional electrician to get the job done.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have 3 vans and 3 Master electricians and assistants.  This means you can be sure your job will be completed in the best way possible.  We understand electricity and technology that most do it yourself repair people just don’t understand.  We have over 45 years combined experience so you know we are able to meet your needs.

Insured Electricians

Everyone knows that electricity can be dangerous.  Wire something wrong and you could burn your house down, blow a fuse or ruin an appliance. Touch a hot wire and you can electrocute yourself.  Insurance companies know this too.  Having an electric company that is insured means you are covered if something were to go wrong.  Many homeowners insurance will not cover a claim that was caused by unlicensed work.

No Job is Too Big or Too Small

Having an electrician in Northern KY that does all electric work will allow you to use an experienced electrician for all your electric needs.  At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we do everything from wiring a new house to installing ceiling fans or security lights.  We also do pool and spa repair and work on mobile homes.  All our work is done correctly and will be safe for your home and family.

Need an Electrician in Northern KY, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

 

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What to Do With Flickering Lights

Flickering LIghtsShould you notice your lights flickering, you need to determine the cause.  Sometimes it is just as simple as tightening the bulb or replacing the bulb.  Other times, the repair is not that simple and you will need to call your electrician.

Flickering Lights are Clues

Watch the flickering lights.  Do they suddenly dim and then get brighter or do they seem to momentarily brighten and then dim.  Being able to tell your electrician this will help in troubleshooting the problem.  It could be a loose connection at the circuit breaker box or a faulty connection somewhere else.  It could be the wires don’t have proper ground or neutral.  Watching how the lights flicker will help determine the problem.

Load

Many times lights flickering are caused by  circuit overload  in the building.  This often happens when motors are turned on.  Anything from a washing machine to your neighbors septic tank.    Watch to see if  they flicker when other items are turned on causing too much electricity to be drawn at the same time?  This can be a problem, as you don’t want to blow a fuse or overload an appliance.  Surges and spikes in electricity can also cause lights to flicker.

Faulty Dimmer Switch

Another common problem is a faulty dimmer switch at the wall.  These can cause your lights to dim and brighten.  It could be the switch needs to be replaced or the wiring is loose.  Many times these switches are not rated for the correct load being used.  Installing the proper switch can fix this problem and reduce fire safety hazards.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you will all your electric needs including lights flickering.  We are located in Florence Kentucky but we service all of Northern Kentucky.  If you need an electrician, check out our website and see that our service and reputation are backed by license and experience.  Call Us today!

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