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The Benefits of Installing a Spa This Fall

benefits of installing a spaThere are many benefits of installing a spa this fall. With the weather temperature dropping and the nights getting a little chillier, many people are enjoying their spas now more than ever. Here are a few reasons why owning an outdoor spa makes sense.

Benefits of Installing A Spa

The pool may be closed but that is no reason why you can’t enjoy the relaxing benefits of water. Having a warm place to soak with your special someone can be a relaxing way to enjoy the season and spend romantic time together. Nothing is more relaxing then soaking in warm water. If you find yourself feeling chilly this fall, you can warm yourself in a nice relaxing spa.

Besides being relaxing, spas are also extremely therapeutic.   You may be suffering from achy or stiff joints and a nice dip in the spa can help. Massaging jets can also penetrate to add comfort and ease pain. Not only is water therapeutic for your body but it can help your mind too.

Easy Installation and Upkeep

When it comes to owning an outdoor spa, you can purchase one and have it up and running in no time. All you need is a nice level area and the electrical hookup. Your professional electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you install electricity to your outdoor deck or backyard to support the spa. Once you have your electric hookup, it doesn’t take long to install the spa and add water. You can go to work today and come home to a warm hot tub and begin enjoying the benefits of installing a spa.

Upkeep is pretty easy to. Just follow your manufacturers directions. Usually adding a few chemicals to the water is all that is necessary.

Your Electrician Can Help

If you have any questions about getting your spa electricity hooked up, your dependable electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. They will be happy to answer your questions and give you an estimate on service and upgrades to accommodate your spa. Call them today and see how easy installing a hot tub can be.

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How to Reduce Your Utility Bill At Work

How to Reduce your utility bill at workYou can learn how to reduce your utility bill at work. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you with a few tips to reduce your monthly spending and still use as much electricity as you need.

Power Down Electronics

It may seem like a small thing, but you would be surprised how much electricity each of your office equipment or machinery drains when not in use. You can save on electricity by turning machines off when you’re not using them. Computers can also waste energy. Make sure all the computers in your office are set to sleep when not in use and to power down totally at night. This is one of the ways how to reduce your utility bill at work.

Install Programmable Thermostats

Some workplaces have open thermostats that get abused daily. Other workplaces rely on employees to turn the air or heat off or down at night. This usually ends up being done on a hit or miss basis which costs your company money. Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to program the time of day to stop and start heating and cooling and at what temperature you want the building to stay at.  Once you set the temperature you and your employees can dress to stay warm or cool.  Raising or Lowering the temperature can control how often the air or heat is on and help reduce your spending.  Your can also reduce your utility bill at work by adding ceiling fans and opening windows when it is appropriate.

Install Motion Sensor Lights

In areas that aren’t occupied often, consider installing motions sensor lights. These come on automatically as someone enters the room and turn off themselves too. This can save your electric use as you can imagine.

Use LED lights

Led lights consume much less energy than incandescent or florescent lights. They are also long lasting and durable. When compared to regular lighting they are rated 60% more energy efficient.

Use Natural lighting

Make use of every opportunity to allow natural light to come into your building. There are also many commercial window treatments that allow light in but still maintain privacy.

Consider Air Quality

When it comes to dust and other pollutants, your machinery, air filters and other electronics will work better in a cleaner environment. Dust cannot only cause allergies to you and your employees but it can cause your electronics to run hot. This can cause them to work slower and consume more energy staying cool, which results in a shorter lifespan and greater energy consumption.

How to Reduce Your Utility Bill at Work

These are just a few suggestions to help you reduce energy consumption and lower your business’s utility bill. It doesn’t take much to make a big difference and in a years time, that can add up. If you are interested in learning more ways to conserve energy, consider having an energy audit. For all your commercial electrical repairs and installations, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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A Whole Home Surge Protector Will Save You Money

whole home surge protectorA whole home surge protector can save you money. Whether you are worried about protecting your computer, TV or any large appliance, lightening strikes and electrical surges can damage appliances in your home.  It doesn’t take but one bad storm, one downed tree or one lightening strike to cause damage. Here are a few things you can do to protect your family and your electrical appliances.

Invest in a Whole Home Surge Protector

Recently my neighbor’s home was struck by lightening. One of his water pumps was damaged costing him 1300.00 to replace. Over the years I have heard similar stories of homeowners who lost costly electrical equipment because of lightening. Investing in a whole home surge protector could have saved them from the expense of replacing appliances and office equipment.

Most people know that lighting can cause damage to their TV and appliances and yet many of us don’t take the time to unplug our appliances every time a storm comes or every time we leave the house. You can rely on a whole home surge protector to protect your belongings even when you’re away.

Full Protection

Whole home surge protectors will protect you home from up to 40,000 amps or more depending on the size of the protector. Adding this to your electrical panel will protect your home, but you still need individual surge protector outlets and/or power strips. Having both will ensure you are protected from lighting and power surges within your home.

Dedicated Circuits

Having your TV, Computer or other appliances on dedicated circuits can also protect you and your electrical equipment from electrical fluctuations that could cause poor TV quality, or surges when other appliances on the same circuit start running. This can result in fluctuations, surges and the like that can become a problem.

Your Electrician Can Help

If you want to learn more about installing a whole home surge protector or if you are considering adding a few dedicated circuits, your electrician can provide you with information and help with the installations. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric  your electrician in Northern Kentucky, for all your electrical needs.

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5 Signs You Need To Call A Licensed Electrician

home electricityHome electricity is probably one part of your house you rely on daily but pay little attention to. Electricity is everywhere and a large part of our existence revolves around items that use electricity. Most people don’t think about calling a professional electrician unless something is broken and they can’t fix it. Electricity however, can be dangerous and calling a professional is as much about your family’s safety as it is about fixing a problem. Here are a few reasons to call a licensed electrician.

Not Enough Outlets

You may be using too many extension cords or have power strips at every outlet. Using extension cords isn’t always safe. This is a good indication; you could use a few more outlets. It also may mean you are overloading some of the circuits in your home. A professional electrician can determine if your house needs an electrical upgrade or just a few more outlets.

Your Lights Dim

If you notice diming lights when you turn on certain appliances or too many appliances, you may have an overloaded circuit breaker. It may trip often too. An electrician can help alleviate the problem and balance the load.

No 3-prong Outlets

Most electrical items today require a 3-prong outlet. If your home electrical system only has 2-prong outlets, you could have a problem with your electricity being grounded. Using adaptors is not the safest solution, calling an electrician to change out the outlets is.

Do You Need A Licensed Electrician To Install New Appliances?

When it comes to installing new electrical appliances, it is always a good idea to provide dedicated circuits to your appliance. This can help balance the load before you start having problems. Electricity needs to work efficiently to save you money on your power bill and to ensure your appliances don’t wear out more frequently.

No GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets in Your Kitchen or Bath

Since the late 1980’s, homes are required to have GFI outlets near any water. This is a safety precaution to prevent electric shock. A GFI will detect any deviation in the current that might result from water coming into contact with electricity. Within 1/30th of a second, the electricity can be interrupted and this saves lives. If you notice you don’t have any outlets like this, an electrician can install them for you.

Your Home is Older

Homes that are older may not have an efficient electrical system. Recent changes to building codes, safety codes and new technology may mean your system isn’t running as well as it could be. Your electrician can make sure your system is up to date and working efficiently.

If you have recently purchased your home, you may find that although your home has passed inspection, you are having problems because the way your family uses electricity is unique to you. Your electrician can provide you with an electrical inspection or energy audit that revolves around how you are using your home electricity and what changes are needed for your safety and to cut your costs for electricity. If you have any questions or need service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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How To Save Money on Your Electric Bill This Fall

save money on your electric billIn many homes, the coming of winter spells higher electric bills because of heating systems and other electrical appliances. There are some things you can do that are easy and can save you money.  Your electrician can help you find things in your home that are using electricity.  By passing these items if they aren’t necessary is an option when you are trying to conserve your energy consumption and lower your electric bill.  Here are a few other things you can do:

Use Natural light and heating

During the winter you can take advantage of the natural sunlight and heat by opening your south facing window coverings each day and closing them at night.

Seal Your Home For Winter

Cover drafty windows with insulating window treatments. Honeycomb shades or heavy drapes work well. Seal around any opening to your home so cold air doesn’t come in and warm air doesn’t escape. This includes openings around windows and doors, and openings around pipes and fixtures.

Heating System Maintenance

Heating systems consume a lot of energy. Make sure your heating system is running efficiently.    Repair any leaks or damage to your heating system. Adjusting your thermostat down a little can save you money on your electric bill. At night use warm blankets and wear warm clothes during the day. You can save money by turning the thermostat down when you’re out of the house.  A programmable thermostat can help you keep track of your settings.

Other Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

One quarter of your electric bill comes from running your water heater. You can save money by reducing the water temperature a few degrees. Switching to LED lights can also help you conserve on your electric bill.

 

For an energy audit or help in conserving your electric bill, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Installing Your Electric Fireplace

installing your electric fireplaceElectric Fireplaces are popular this time of year. There are many good reasons why people choose an electric fireplace insert over a gas or wood-burning fireplace. Here are the pros and cons of choosing an electric fireplace or electric fireplace insert.

Electric Fireplaces are Safe

When it comes to electric fireplaces, you don’t have too much to worry about. Unlike wood burning fireplaces, you don’t have to worry about fires or the smell of smoke. Wood fireplaces are messy and require some work. You have to clean the fireplace and hunt for or buy wood. Gas fireplaces also emit a smell or fumes. They have a flame so fire is possible but their casing allows them to be placed directly next to wood or other burnable materials. Because a leak cannot be detected right away, you need a carbon monoxide detector to be safe if you have a gas fireplace.

Electric fireplaces have no fumes, no flames and don’t emit odors or hazardous gases. They are safe and can be used next to wood and other flammable objects. They are least expensive to install and work well if you have no fireplace chimney or natural gas nearby.

Can Electric Fireplaces Heat Your Room?

Most electric fireplaces are used for their aesthetic appeal. They do produce some heat to help make a room cozy. They operate anywhere from 1500 BTUs to 5000 BTUs on average. Usually a 40,000 BTU gas fireplace can heat an average size living room to give you an example.   On the positive side, the heat can also be turned off if you just want to look at the flames.

Electric Fireplace Cons

Besides looking nice and heating a little, electric fireplaces will cause your electric bill to increase a little. They aren’t really meant to heat a large area. The fire itself looks somewhat real. How real it looks and what the appearance is has a lot to do with the price and quality of the unit you purchase. Some models allow you to adjust the flames too.

Installing Your Electric Fireplace or Electric Fireplace Insert

Installing an Electric fireplace is easy.   Often you just need to plug it into an electrical outlet. You may need to move an outlet to accommodate where you want to place your fireplace.  Electric fireplaces come in all kinds of sizes and styles, including a wall mount.  If you are using an electric fireplace insert, you need to close off your existing chimney and make sure your unit fits properly. You can also construct a casing for your unit.

If you have any questions about installing your electric fireplace or you need help installing an electrical outlet. Call Rose Brothers and Sons electric and we will be happy to help you.

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Insurance and Electrical Work

licensed and insured electriciansWhy should you hire licensed and insured electricians if you can do your own electrical work? Many people who are avid do-it-yourselfers often ask if they can do their own electrical work. There are many reasons why someone might want to do their own work and many reasons why it may not be the best idea. Here are a few considerations to think about.

 Experience and Knowledge

People who work on electrical systems, upgrades and simple wiring, need to be knowledgeable about what they are doing and how to do it. Even simple wiring can be done wrong and not up to code. There is a big controversy about what will happen if you have an insurance claim (say your house burns down) and there is unpermitted work done on the house. Many people feel the insurance will pay the claim as long as the work wasn’t the cause of the fire. Safety codes and licensed and insured electricians and contractors are available to insure your home can meet inspection and to protect you if there were a problem. You may think you can cut corners and save money but it may end up costing you more in the long run.

Getting Loans and Refinancing

When it comes time to resell your property or get refinanced, you may find that repairs or additions to your home will end up hurting you instead of helping you. When you refinance or sell your home an appraisal will turn up any unpermitted or uninspected work that has been done to your house. This can in some cases hurt your chances of getting refinanced. Some lending institutions don’t want to take the chance that there might be a problem with the work that will end up costing you money and possibly foreclosure. Licensed and insured electricians or contractors remove this type of liability.

Licensed and Insured Electricians

When you hire a professional electrician, you are hiring a licensed and insured company. If you are required to get building permits, they will do that. They will also be aware of the building codes in your area and they make money by doing their work in a way that will pass inspection the first time. Insurance will ensure you that their work is covered if there were a problem later down the road. If they were responsible, your homeowners insurance may not pay the claim, but their insurance would. They also have worker’s comp so that if a worker is hurt on the job, you are not responsible for the injury and medical claims.

If you have any questions about electrical work, permits, licenses or electrical inspections, please call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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When To Call Your Electrician

professional electricianSome homeowners like to tackle most of the do-it-yourself projects in their house, including some of the electrical repairs and simple installations.  They know how to replace a light switch, install a ceiling fan or perform some basic wiring jobs.  They also know that dabbling in electricity can be a real safety hazard.  Home electrical systems cause around 55,000 fires a year costing billions of dollars in property damage.  If you are unsure what you’re doing when tackling an electrical repair, you’re better off calling a professional electrician.

Electricity Precautions

Always assume overhead wires are live and could kill you.

Leave fallen wires alone and let the utility company handle the repairs.

Never operate electrical equipment in or near standing water.

Turn off any electricity to an appliance or fixture before cleaning or repairing the item.

Do not attempt to repair electrical devices without training.

Circuit Breakers

Many safety features are built into your electrical system to shut off the power at the first sign of anything wrong.  If you notice power outages in part of the house but not the entire house, you probably have a tripped circuit breaker.  Find the main breaker panel (usually in the garage, basement or utility closet) and find the breaker that is off.  It is a good idea, if your circuit breaker panel isn’t labeled to label the circuit breakers by turning them off one by one and seeing what appliance or part of the house is connected to each circuit breaker.

Once you switch the circuit breaker back on, be aware if it shuts off again.  This is an indication that something isn’t right.  This also may be the sign, you need to call a professional electrician.

Appliances can cause the circuit breakers to switch off if there are too many high wattage items running at the same time.  Your professional electrician can install a separate circuit for these appliances.

Faulty Outlets

electrical repairsIf an electrical outlet isn’t working, make sure a wall switch isn’t hindering it from doing so.  If it is not part of a tripped circuit breaker, the outlet itself may be burned out.  If you notice any signs of blackening in the outlet plug, you need to have the plug replaced to avoid the possibility of a fire.  Don’t use the outlet, even if one of the plugs appears to be fine.

Sparks sometimes appear in an outlet when the power is quickly diverted away.  This is normal and doesn’t mean there is a problem.  On the other hand, if an outlet gets too hot, it can melt the insulation of the wires.  As the wires become exposed a serious spark can occur.  This is a short circuit that can cause an electrical fire.

Exposure to water can also cause an outlet to spark and short out. Make sure you have a special outlet known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed in all your outlets that are in areas exposed to moisture.

Faulty Lights

Make sure you use the correct bulb in all your lighting fixtures.  If you find your frequently changing your light bulbs, it could be they get burnout because the wattage is higher in the bulb than the fixture can handle.  Recessed lights will also turn off if they have a built-in mechanism to prevent overheating.  The wrong bulbs may cause these lights to go off until the unit cools down.  If the bulbs are the right ones, it could be insulation touching the fixture causing it too get too hot.

Flickering lights are usually a sign there is a poor connection somewhere in the line.  Your professional electrician can help locate the break and repair it.

Calling Your Professional Electrician

If you aren’t the person who is asking, “Can I do this myself?”  you may be glad to have an electrician who can help you repair your electrical problems.    Your professional electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you no matter how big or small the job is.  When it comes to safety and electrical repairs, they are just a phone call away.

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Common Electrical Accidents

electrical accidentsCommon electrical accidents can usually be prevented if you are careful.  Using your appliances and extension cords properly and having good wiring may be all you need to do to prevent an electrical accident. Here are a few things to consider to keep you and your family safe.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

Most people know to avoid using electrical appliances around water or while taking a bath.  What you may not know is that every year many electrical accidents occur because of using electricity around water.  All outlets that are in the vicinity of water should have the proper GFCI receptacle.  This includes, your kitchen, bath areas, laundry rooms, garage and pool areas as required by National Electrical codes.  An electrical inspection can reveal if you need to add more of these to areas of your house.

Cords and Plugs

By far the most common electrical accidents that are fatal occur because cords and plugs aren’t used properly.  Extension cords and surge protectors should be used carefully.  Never overload your cords and never use an extension cord for a permanent hook up.  Don’t hide extension cords under carpeting or rugs.  The biggest thing to remember is never use a cord that is damaged by melting or missing insulation.  If the cord or plug looks damaged, replace it or the appliance right away.  It is not worth the risk to use a damaged cord or plug.  Also, make sure you use the right outlet for the plug.  Never force a 3-prong plug into a regular outlet.

Appliances

If you’re using an appliance and you notice a burning smell, see smoke or hear a buzzing sound that is unusual, stop using the appliance until you can have it examined.  Most small appliances just need to be replaced at this point.

Fixtures

Be sure and pay attention to the bulb wattage that is recommended for your fixtures.  Putting a 100 watt bulb into a fixture rated for 40 watts can melt the wiring and cause shocks or fires.  Plugging a plug adapter into your fixture can also be dangerous and can easily overload your fixture.

Household Wiring and Electrical Accidents

When it comes to the safety of your home, you are better off allowing a professional electrician service your electrical system, circuit breakers and wiring.  If you are moving into a new home or have an older home, having an electrical inspection can give you the information you need to protect your family.  You want to make sure the wiring is done correctly and that no circuits are overloaded.  Anytime you detect a potential problem with your electricity it is important to get repairs done right away.  Your electrician in Northern Kentucky will be happy to help.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Hiring a Cincinnati Electrician

Cincinnati ElectricianGreater Cincinnati electricians are here to help you.   Electrical repairs in and around the home or office can be very tempting for do-it-yourselfers, mostly because people would not pay an electrician to come and change a light bulb or fix a plug.

Why Do I Need To Hire an Electrician in Cincinnati?

Novice electrical repairs and installations can result in injury, and dangerous mistakes are not always obvious to the amateur. Besides the very real danger of burning your house down, if you attempt to do your own electrical repairs in Cincinnati, you may create bigger, more costly problems if you don’t know what you’re doing.  New electrical installations done by homeowners also must pass inspection and be done according to code.

What is Considered an Electrical Repair?

Any time you have a problem with your electricity, you can call a professional electrician to help you fix the problem.  It may be a faulty circuit, problems with your lights or circuit breaker.  It may be a problem with your pool or spa heater.  No problem is too big or too small when you need a repair.  You can also call your local Cincinnati Electrician if you need to install anything electric.  That could include installing a simple ceiling fan, security lights or upgrading your system for any reason.

What is a Qualified  Cincinnati Electrician?

When you choose an electrician in Cincinnati, you want to make sure you choose  a qualified electrician.  A qualified electrician is trained and certified to do electrical work.  Master electricians are extra qualified because of years of training and experience in electrical maintenance, repairs and installations.  At Rose Brothers and Sons electric, your electricians in Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and Southern Indiana, they have qualified technicians who are licensed and insured.  You don’t have to worry about poor workmanship or improper wiring when you hire a professional you can count on.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today for all your electrical repairs.

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