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How to Stay Safe While Using Your Generator

Before operating a generator there are many things you should know. These machines do not mess around; they are powerful and can cause serious damage. Here are some generator safety tips to follow to keep you and others free from danger.

Generators should never run indoors or in enclosed spaces. Injuries and deaths related to generators are mostly due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators being used in areas that are not well ventilated. Opening doors and windows is not sufficient enough to prevent the buildup of the potentially fatal poison. These machines should always run outside, and be placed at a minimum of fifteen feet away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to enter your home.  If you find yourself feeling sick, weak, or dizzy, when operating a generator, seek fresh air at once. Since it cannot be seen or smelled, having a carbon monoxide detector can give you peace of mind that the harmful toxin is not in your home. This will still apply when you’re taking your generator camping as you’re going to want make sure you’re safe no-matter where you go.

You should never refuel the generator while it is running. You should turn the machine off, and give it ample time to cool off before adding more fuel. A fire can occur as the result of spilling fuel on the hot surface. Letting the engine cool before refueling also reduces the chances of being burned during the process.

Generators should never operate in wet conditions. This includes when it is raining. However, with proper covering and venting, it can be safe for use during precipitation. The manufacturer will have recommendations for how to properly operate the generator under tents specifically designed for your model. If you are standing in water or have wet hands, you should not work with your generator as well.

Another generator safety tip is to not attempt to backfeed your home. This happens when the generator is plugged directly into a wall outlet. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do, and creates the threat of electrocution for utility workers and neighbors relying on the same utility transformer. There is also an increased risk of excess current and electrical fire for your appliances and electronics. Instead you should install a transfer switch before running a generator. This allows the machine to connect to your circuit panel and power hardwired appliances without the safety risk of using extension cords.

In preparation for using the generator, you may want to keep extra fuel at your home. It is important for fuel to be properly stored and only use approved containers. Keep the fuel away from living areas, and combustion appliances. Your local fire department can provide suggestions on appropriate storage locations if you are unsure.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help with all your electrical needs ranging from residential to commercial to industrial. We take pride in providing excellent customer service which is reflected in our numerous positive reviews on Angie’s List. We offer emergency service at all hours of the day, so you can count on us to always be there for you. We are located in Walton, KY, and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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Thinking of Upgrading Your Outlets? We Can Help!

Functionality and appearance are just some of the reasons that a person may want to change their current outlets. The design of receptacles has progressed to perform several purposes beyond just plugging a cord into the wall. Hidden dangers may be hiding in your outlets as well. Here are some things to consider when you are in the market for power outlets.

USB power outlets are a great option to eliminate bulky chargers and adaptors. This allows you to plug devices directly into the outlet, and frees up the plug-in space you would have needed before. This is extremely convenient for those who find they lack the proper outlet access for their needs, and need to frequently charge their phone.

There are many benefits to switching to a LED night light outlet. This option provides longer light without taking up any plug spaces like a traditional night light would. You will also save money because this style has a life expectancy of twenty years. Your children will no longer fear the darkness of night, and you will spend less money too.

Tamper resistant receptacles are a very safety conscious option. These are designed with a barrier that makes it impossible for children to insert foreign objects into the outlet. No longer will you have to worry about your son or daughter being shocked or burned. The peace of mind is well worth the price to upgrade.

If you find plugged in cords sticking out from the wall to be annoying, recessed electrical outlets are the perfect alternative. This model places the outlets deeper in the wall to ensure that the plugs do not extend beyond the surface. Recessed power outlets also opens up more furniture placement options as there is no longer any plugs hanging out to cause interference.

Cracked electrical outlet plates may seem harmless, but they are actually fire hazards. The accumulation of dust, lint, and hair in the cracks can act as kindling. This problem can also occur in undersized wall plates. Dust can even explode in certain situations. Clogs can develop in the outlet due to dust buildup. To eliminate the chances of your house burning down, you should replace your outlet covers as soon as possible.

If you are thinking of selling your home, even the smallest upgrade can make a world of difference to potential buyers. Without spending thousands of dollars, simply changing the power outlets can transform rooms. Appearance is an important aspect of real estate, so any damaged outlets will affect how people think of your home, and can turn them away from making an offer. New electrical outlets are a cheap way to positively alter how buyers feel about your place.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can upgrade your outlets for you. We specialize in residential service changes, breaks in service, storm repairs, and upgrades. We are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency. Our business was built on honesty and hard work, which is evident in the exceptional quality service we provide. We value each customer, and take pride in our outstanding record on Angie’s List. We are located in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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What Is the Purpose of Utility Poles

The function of utility poles is to act as support for overhead power lines and multiple public utilities, including fiber optic cables, electrical cables, and associated equipment like street lights and transformers. They also are useful for eliminating cables and wires from interfering with traffic and people since all the electrical elements are routed up the pole. This method is also an inexpensive option to keep the lines insulated from the ground. Utility poles have numerous names as they can be referred to by the application it serves.

Utility poles are typically used as a means to carry two kinds of electric power lines, subtransmission and distribution. Distribution lines serve the purpose of transferring power to customers from local substations. The voltages carried range from 4.6 to 33 kilovolts and can travel as far as thirty miles. Transformers are able to step the voltage down from the original power level to a lower amount that can be used by the consumers.  The reduced voltage reaches the customer’s property due to the usage of service drops. Subtransmission lines transmit higher voltage power between substations, allowing electricity to be carried locally from the regional area. They regularly carry 46, 69, or 115 kilovolts for a maximum of 60 miles. Both types of lines can be often found on shared utility poles. The lack of available land in urban areas and other places, spurned the need to save space. The utilization of the “underbuild” technique permits a distribution line to be mounted beneath the subtransmission line. The joint poles are not only an efficient use of room, but are an economically smart choice as well.

The electrical lines do not actually touch the poles. Instead an insulator is used to bridge the gap between the two. This is to prevent any electricity from leaking out of the wires and going into the poles. Insulators were previously made out of glass, but today they are mostly crafted from polymer composites or ceramic.

The first utility poles were created in the middle of the 19th century and were used to hold telegraph wires. As the usage of electricity soared in the nation, utility poles were modified to account for this. The poles were fitted with insulators and began to serve the main purpose of carrying power lines. By the 20th century, the old wooden poles could simply not carry all the necessary lines. Cross arms were installed, sometimes four or five for each utility pole, in order to carry dozens of wires through cities.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are available to help with a variety of electrical issues. We specialize in residential service changes, breaks in service, upgrades, and storm repairs. We strive to find the root of the problem and promptly solve it. We don’t offer temporary fixes, but rather long-term results. Our business takes pride in providing exceptional customer service, which is backed by our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive reviews on Angie’s List. We have a location in Walton, KY and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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A Quick and Simple Guide to Electricity

Electricity in its simplest definition is electrons flowing from one area to another, but more precisely flowing along a circuit. When an electron is freed from an atom and required to move, it carries with it a charge that is then able to produce electricity. Valence electrons are the outermost electrons of an atom and need the lowest amount of force in order to be freed. The free electrons then search for new atoms to attach to, and must evict one of the existing electrons in order to make enough room for it. The process then starts all over again, and an electric current is created. Certain elements are excellent conductors of electricity due to the fact that they have electrons that are extremely mobile. This applies to elements such as gold, silver, and copper. Elements that are made up of atoms that do not allow current to flow easily are known as insulators.

Electricity can take two different forms, either static or current. Static, meaning at rest, electricity occurs when an object amasses opposite charges that are divided by an insulator. This type of electricity only exists until the clusters of conflicting charges are able to find a pathway to connect and thus balance out the system. When the charges equalize, a static discharge happens. An intense example of static discharge is lightening. Current electricity is what is utilized to power all devices and electronics. This form of electricity relies on charges that flow continuously. This is possible with the use of a closed loop of conductive material otherwise known as a circuit.  A circuit typically involves a combination of wire and other mechanisms to control the flow of electricity. The only restriction is that any insulating gaps cannot be included.

Electric fields in the space between charges act as the pushing or pulling force. This concept is similar to Earth’s gravitational field. The route of electric fields is always described as the direction a positive test charge would travel. If the positive test charge was dropped near a negative charge, there would be an attraction to it from the test charge. The electric field would then be drawn with arrows pointing inward to the negative charge. On the opposite side, if the positive test charge was placed nearby another positive charge the result would be outward repulsion. The electric field would be drawn with arrows going away from the positive charge. Electric fields preform a critical task in that it induces the current flow.

For your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We have over four decades worth of experience providing electrical services for residential, commercial, and industrial jobs. We are able to handle any type of electrical situation, varying from major construction projects to small home repairs. Our primary focus is making sure our customers are satisfied, which is why we have such positive feedback on Angie’s List and with the Better Business Bureau. We are located in Walton, KY and proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today!

 

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AC and DC Power: What You Need to Know

DC power, which stands for direct current, involves the flowing of an electrical current in a singular direction. This was developed by Thomas Edison and became the standard for America’s earliest foray into electricity. Unfortunately, the inability of DC power to be simply converted into higher or lower voltages sparked the need for alternative solutions. Nikola Tesla as a result created AC power, which means alternating current. AC can be changed to different voltages more effortlessly with the use of a transformer. This is because the current alternates and reverses direction sixty times each second.

A battle of currents erupted from the creators of these rivaling electrical sources. The conflict was due to the fact that both inventors wanted to be credited for assisting in the future electrical infrastructure in America and receive any royalties that may involve. The war reached a turning point when a renowned industrialist from Pittsburgh, George Westinghouse, purchased Tesla’s patents for AC transmissions and motors. Westinghouse went on to perfect the distribution system for AC power, which lead to the prominence it has in American homes. However, AC and DC currents both have uses in the modern world. In recent years, DC power has incurred a rebirth and gained more prominence.

Offices and households almost always rely on alternating current sources because of how easy it is to generate and transport AC through long distances. Less energy is lost in electrical power transmission when AC is operating at high voltages. The higher voltage produces a lower current. The lower current has the effect of creating less heat in the power line due to resistance.  AC has the capability of fueling electric motors, as well. Generators and motors are almost identical devices; however, motors convert the energy from electrical to mechanical. This is useful for refrigerators, dishwashers, and other large appliances, which is why they run on AC.

The number of applications that DC is used for has risen in the 21st century. Every product that receives power from a battery, or uses an AC adapter to plug in the wall, is dependent on DC. This is also true for devices that need a USB cable for power. DC electronics include cell phones and flashlights. Flat-screen televisions have AC going into the TV but it is ultimately converted to DC. Electric and hybrid vehicles also run on DC. Laptops, as well as some vehicles, run on a combination of AC and DC currents

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are committed to the needs of our customers, which is why we are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency situations. We offer an expansive variety of services from small residential repairs all the way to large electrical construction projects. The foundation of our business is the dedication we have to remaining honest and ethical. We prioritize solving the true source of the problem, rather than performing a temporary fix. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today!

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The Care and Keeping of Your Generator

By properly maintaining your generator, it has the potential to last for decades. Taking care of the generator will enable it to function correctly without the need for costly repairs.

For every use, ensure that the generator has enough gas. If the tank is not adequately filled and becomes empty when running, it can cause problems to arise. Damage can occur as a result of the magnetic field from the generator coils being exhausted. Your home’s electrical load will continue to draw out the magnetic field from the generator after it has stopped producing power. It is important to make sure that the tank is filled if you want to avoid having to revive the coils.

An enclosure or cover for the generator is a smart investment. Electricity is vulnerable to water and even the lightest rainfall may cause harm to one of the parts. The type of shelter you need is dependent on whether the generator is a portable or standby model. You could even build a structure to house the portable generator similar to that of a doghouse. To ensure a long life, do not leave your generator susceptible to precipitation.

To avoid premature burn-out, you should use heavy-duty cords that use less voltage. Relying on lighter cords will increase the voltage and increase the chances of burn-out. Also due to the noise generators create, it is in your best interest to get a longer cord that will allow you to sleep peacefully.

Manufacturers recommend that generators should be powered up every three months and left running for 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to keep the charge of the battery for the electric starter. This is an essential tip to make sure the machine is ready to go at any moment. The last thing you would want is to discover the generator will not start when you absolutely need it.

Keep a close eye on the inside components of the generator. Over time with usage, the essential mechanisms will experience wear and run low. This includes elements like air filters, spark plugs, and oil. It is a good idea to have a supply of filters and oil on hand so you are prepared to replace them when necessary. Monitoring the condition of the parts can prevent the machine from enduring damage. This is a crucial step for generator maintenance.

One of the best things you can do is to keep the manual for the generator nearby. Reading the manual will impart you with the knowledge on everything you need to know about your selected model. If your machine has any unique features specific to it, you should familiarize yourself with it before starting the generator up. The manual will provide the best information in the event of any problems. This is a good reference to have if proper generator maintenance is not upheld.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we provide electrical assistance ranging from minor repairs to major electrical construction projects. We strive to isolate and solve any electrical issues rather than just masking a symptom of the problem. We focus on long-term solutions not short-term fixes. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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What Is a Circuit Breaker?

The circuit breaker is a critical device to ensure safety in your home in the modern age. The electrical service panel consists of a series of lever-operated circuit breakers. After the predetermined amperage load is met, each circuit breaker is programmed to turn itself off. The individual amperage amount varies, which is the reason that there are different size breakers in the panel. When the limit is attained, the breaker trips to open the circuit in order to stop the flow of current to that specific circuit or electrical line. The ability to halt the current from reaching the overloaded or short circuit, allows for the issue to be repaired safely.

There are several reasons that can make circuit breakers trip. The following are the three most common. If you have an overloaded circuit, the breaker will shut off. This happens when multiple devices are plugged into the same circuit, and once they are all running, the capacity of the electrical wiring is exceeded. A short circuit occurs when an appliance has a wiring problem that results in additional current to be pulled. A ground fault generally occurs in high moisture environments such as the bathroom and kitchen. The GFCI, ground fault circuit interrupter, is an instrument that is able to detect when a current is flowing on an unintentional path and then shuts the electrical circuit off. This inadvertent pathway can be running through a puddle of water or an individual. The GFCI device reduces the chances of electric shock, which could cause serious burns or heart problems. Fires that are brought about by a metal conduit making contact with a live wire are prevented, as well. GFCIs exist to keep anyone from enduring harm rather than protect the wiring of the structure.

When a circuit breaker trips, the result is an outlet or area of your home not having any power. It is very simple to reset circuit breakers once you have located your breaker box. After opening the door to the breaker box, you will see toggles that look like light switches turned sideways. Most should be aiming toward the center of the panel which indicates that it is currently on. Toggles that are switched away from the panel center are off. Any toggles that are positioned in the middle are the ones that have been tripped. To reset, you must turn the breaker off before turning it back on. If it trips again, it is best to just turn it off without attempting to reset it. This can indicate a larger problem that should be left to a professional electrician.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we have extensive electrical experience performing a range of services from residential to commercial and industrial projects. We understand that emergencies happen and sympathize with our customers, which is why we are available 24 hours a day. We offer long-term electrical solutions rather than quick, band aid fixes. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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Would Your Home Benefit from Solar Panels?

If you find your monthly energy bills to be too high, there is an alternative option to reduce them. Solar energy relies on natural light to power your home. There are some considerations to keep in mind before putting solar panels on your roof, as some homes are better suited than others.

To receive the most production of energy in the northern hemisphere, it is best to have a south-facing orientation. This has the most direct sunlight exposure. The ideal to place solar panels is on an area that is within forty degrees of directly south to guarantee optimal generation. You can have panels installed on flat roofs or mounted to the ground, but the system will be tilted to ensure the highest south-facing exposure.
Your home is a good candidate for solar panels if there is minimal shading. If you have tall trees surrounding your house, this will shield the sun from reaching the panels. When living in the city, adjacent taller buildings also produce shade. You may have the option to remove any obstructions if you are certain you want a solar energy system for your home.

The amount of roof space you have will be a factor in how much of a benefit you obtain. Panels can be installed around vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys. However, obstructions will reduce the space for panels. Ample room for the solar technology allows for the greatest return on energy. If your roof features dormers, this will also have an impact.

Solar panels are becoming more popular, and for a good reason. Since 2010, the cost of installation has decreased by more than 70 percent. Relying on solar energy for power can equate to saving over $100 every month, especially if you have a deep cycle solar battery. You can also start seeing a return on investment from day one. Solar also offers stable energy expenses, so you do not have to deal with a nearby utility provider that is continuously changing. Solar panels are a great selling point if you ever put your home on the market. Houses equipped with solar panels are sold an average of twenty percent faster. They also have a market value worth about seventeen percent more.

If you are worried about your environmental footprint, making the switch to solar energy will have a positive effect on the ecosystem. The carbon dioxide emissions released by a car travelling 100,000 miles is offset by using solar panels. Your solar equipment will be around for a while, as well. The industry standard promises that after 25 years your solar panels will still be producing at 80% performance. Solar energy is also a step towards reducing dependency on foreign energy. Around 40% of the United States imports are a combination of coal, oil, and natural gas products.

For all your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are available for all types of electrical problems from residential to commercial to industrial. We are focused on delivering exceptional service to ensure customer satisfaction. We are accessible 24 hours a day in case an emergency situation arises. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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Making Sure Your Outlets Are Child-Proof

Electrical outlets are an essential component of your home, but they are also dangerous. Almost every room has several electrical outlets, so it is imperative to keep these elements from being hazardous to your children. There are a multitude of child-proof options for your outlets.

If your home was built after 2015, you should already have tamper-proof outlets. The national electric code requires the use of these as they prevent the insertion of small items. Even with a newly constructed house, you should double-check to ensure all the outlets are tamper resistant. When looking at the electrical outlets, you will be able to tell which kind you have. The old type has slots that are very open, making them unsafe. If you have an older home, it is almost assuredly a regular electrical outlet. The newer tamper-proof outlets have plastic behind the slot openings. The plastic is spring-loaded shutters, which require both prong slots to be pushed in at the same time for the plastic to move. There is also a third style of outlet known as decora outlets, which are not child-proof. They do not need screws to attach the cover, instead the cover just snaps on. It is crucial to know which outlets your home uses, as baby-proof solutions are not viable options for every type.

If you have unused electric outlets, there are a few ways to make them safe for your family. For a simple and cheap option, you can use plastic outlet caps also called safe plates. They fit into the slots just like a plug would. The outside of the cap uses plastic that has no grips, so a baby will not be able to remove them. This option however is inconvenient as every time you use the outlet, you will have to take the cap out and then plug it back in afterwards. Another route is sliding plate covers. They cost more but are safer. To install, you simply have to replace your current outlet covers with the spring-load sliding ones. If you push the plate cover over, it will automatically slide back in place. You also never have to worry about forgetting to put a cap back on.

For outlets in use, you can use a Lectralock, which will completely cover the plugged in cords. This shield will not allow a toddler to open it. They are also compatible for both regular and decorative outlets. Power strips will also need to be baby-proofed. An easy solution is a cover like the Safety 1st model. These conceal all the outlets and plugs. There is an opening for the cords but it is impossible for kids to pull out the plugs or stick small things into the power strip.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can take care of any electrical issues you have. Unlike other electricians, we don’t use a quick fix approach to solve problems. We find and correct the source of the complication, so you never have to worry about it again. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Energy Bills

Monthly energy bills are an unavoidable expense. If your bill is causing your bank account pain, there are some simple methods to increase your energy efficiency and save you money.

If your home requires air conditioning and heating, there are some tricks to ensure you get the most from your money. Make sure all the vents are open and clear. Closing vents to prevent access to certain rooms does not limit energy consumption. This is a myth that will result in increasing your energy expenses. Air filters in your vents need to be replaced on a monthly basis or proper airflow will be restricted. The filters eliminate the unnecessary particles, like dust and dirt, from circulating in your home. You can purchase filters in bulk which will work out to one to two dollars for each. Measure your vents to ensure you get the correct size.

Altering your laundry routine can help save you money. When your washer is running, 90% of the energy the machine consumes is used for heating the water. Washing your clothes in cold water has multiple benefits. On top of reducing your energy costs, the colors will not bleed as much. This can allow you to mix light and dark loads with no worries of dyeing your clothes. Make sure you are not adding too many articles of clothing in your load of laundry. If there is no room for movement in the dryer, the heat will not be able to properly dry all items. You may have to do another cycle in the dryer, which is an unnecessary energy expense. To use the machines at the most effective rate, there should 25% of unfilled space in the washer and dryer. Some power companies offer lower rates during non-peak hours. Most commonly the discount begins at eight PM, so this is when you should start doing your laundry to save money. If doing your chores at this hour is possible, your wallet will surely benefit from the switch. The time will vary by utility company, so be sure to contact your energy provider.

Turning off lights when you leave rooms is an easy way to cut down on energy waste. Lighting accounts for 20% of your energy bill, so it would be valuable to switch out your lightbulbs for a more energy efficient option, like LED lightbulbs. The cost to light 10 incandescent bulbs for an hour every day is $24 a year. However, you only have to pay $5 annually to power 10 LED lightbulbs for an hour each day. These savings are possible because LEDs are 80% more efficient than incandescent bulbs.

These are small changes that can improve the energy efficiency of your home. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a locally-owned and operated business. We are focused on saving our clients time and money by finding the root of the problem and solving it quickly and efficiently. Other electricians can be fixated on fixing the issue at the surface but not the actual cause. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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