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What Causes Power Surges In A Home?

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A power surge is defined as “an unexpected, temporary increase in the current or voltage of an electrical circuit.” This current increase can be compared to the rush of water that occurs when a dam breaks, and it can be just as damaging. But instead of destroying buildings or trees, it can wipe out anything that uses electricity.  So, what causes power surges in a home?

Causes of Home Electrical Power Surges

Lightning – A lightning strike is by far the most spectacular cause of power surges. It is also one of the most predictable. If you hear thunder or know a storm is approaching, you can take precautions to protect your electronics.

Blackout or intentional power outage – Blackouts occur when too much power is being used at the same time and the grid shuts down. Utility companies occasionally turn off the electricity to entire areas to do maintenance. These two situations don’t actually cause a power surge. It’s the return of electricity afterward that can cause a surge.

Downed utility lines or switching grids – A utility line being damaged or destroyed can send power surges through other operational lines and into your home. If the electric company has to change grids to accommodate usage in a certain area, an electric surge may occur.

Large appliances – This type of surge is minimal and limited to your home. When an appliance that requires a larger amount of electricity shuts off, a small surge may occur and affect more sensitive components.

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges

The best way to protect yourself from home electrical power surges is with surge protection devices. Two types are available. The first one is a surge protector that plugs into your outlet and protects only the devices plugged into it. While effective against some surges, this type will not hold up against extremely strong currents, leaving your electronics susceptible to damage. A quality plug-in surge protector can cost anywhere from $20 to over $100, so don’t use them on items that are inexpensive to replace.

The second type is a whole-house surge protector that is installed at the electric panel. It senses electrical spikes and sends them to the ground instead of allowing them into your home. Whole-house surge protectors are hard-wired into your electric panel and should be installed by a licensed electrician. Many surge protection companies offer warranties against damage when their products are used.

Because larger appliances can cause electrical surges when they power down, avoid plugging sensitive electronics – like a TV or DVD player – into the same circuit as a refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, or air-conditioner.

When you hear thunder or know a storm is on the way, unplug computers, home entertainment systems, and small appliances before lightning strikes. If your power goes out, turn off or unplug electronics and wait a few minutes after the power comes back on before using them.

Rose Brothers & Sons provides electric repairs and installation in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, and is qualified to install surge protection in your home.  Call today, if you need more information about what causes power surges in a home.

 

 

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2017 Kitchen Lighting Trends

kitchen lighting trendsIf you want a new spark of style for your kitchen, consider updating your lighting fixtures for an easy jump into the 2017 lighting trends. Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., trusted electrical contractor and your best choice for electric repairs in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas wants to help you stay on top of this years’ kitchen lighting trends.

2016 Kitchen Lighting Trends

When it comes to your kitchen, your lighting choices are important for the overall feel and look of your space. The right lighting can completely transform a room and in the kitchen, a room that is used during all times of the day, the right lighting fixtures are even more important. Many trends like pendant lighting, natural materials, blown glass, LED, warm metal, and glitz vintage have stuck around for the upcoming year and could all be great additions to your kitchen décor.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting allows for even more light in your kitchen. Mount these interesting light fixtures above your island however you like. Vary their heights and the sizes of the actual pendant to liven up the look. Pendant lighting will give you concentrated lighting over one area, so it is best to incorporate these lights with over lighting in your kitchen.

Natural Materials

Natural materials are a big trend in every area of the home this year. Consider wood, bamboo, linen, or burlap light fixtures to bring a touch of natural beauty into your space. Not only will this natural element be on trend, it will make your kitchen feel warmer if your kitchen preferences tend to be more modern. These natural elements will make guests feel more welcome and make for a beautiful design contrast that is not too overwhelming.

LED Kitchen Lights

LED lights are kitchen lighting trends that are going to be around for a long time. Not only do these lights offer unique lighting possibilities for your entire home, like dimming possibilities and light color choices, but they are incredibly energy efficient. So while these lights will make your kitchen sparkle, you will also be saving money and reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

Installing Your New Fixtures

At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we understand how important the perfect lighting is in every home. When it comes time to start installing your trendy lighting fixtures, make sure you have all of your wiring in order so everything runs smoothly. Our experienced electricians can sit down with you personally and plan out all of your electrical needs for any new lighting projects to assure that everything functions properly and that you will be satisfied with every part of your design. We are proud members of Angie’s List, have an A+ rating from the BBB, and have over 45 years combined electrical experience so you can rest easy knowing that your electrical projects will be handled with the utmost care. If you are ready to update your lighting for the new year, contact us today to get started!

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Lighting Trends for Your New Home

 

lighting trendsPicking out lighting for your new home can be overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from! Stay up to date with the latest trends in home goods and finally be able to be one step ahead of the Jones’. At Rose Brothers & Sons, we want you to stay in the lighting trend loop. We’re going to give you all of the latest lighting trends for your new home.

2016 Lighting Trends

Getting Back to Brass and Vintage Glass

You know you have that favorite shirt sitting in the back of your closet that you can never bring yourself to get rid of. As you know, everything eventually comes back into style. Well, most everything. According to Progress Lighting, vintage and rustic fixtures from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are making a comeback. Vintage glass and brass accents made a bold statement during that era and they’re still trendy today.

Pendant Lighting

This lighting trend makes a statement that combines tradition and nuance. You can personalize pendant lighting to make it unique to your own home. Mix and match different styles of these light fixtures to make it your own. According to New Home Source, you can combine a couple of pendant light fixtures at various heights to make a fun and unique chandelier of your own.

Oversized Fixtures

Make a dramatic and bold statement in your new home by adding an oversized light fixture to your home. Oversized fixtures are a bold focal point for homes with large foyers or high ceilings. These trendy fixtures give your home some modern flair rather than opting for the classic and traditional glass chandelier.

Nautical Twists

According to Progress Lighting, navy is the top color trend for 2016. Compliment this beautiful color with a lighting fixture that adds a nautical twist to your home. Beveled or seeded glass light fixtures create that nautical feel in your home that you’re looking for. These nautical elements will make you feel like the shore is right outside your window.

We hope that these 2016 lighting trends will help you add some modern flair to your new home. At Rose Brothers & Sons we want to be your first call when installing your new light fixtures. We are electricians and electrical contractors serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.

 

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5 Ways to Save Money on Electric Repairs

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Having the hassle of dealing with electric repairs across the home are enough stress for anyone, the last thing you want to worry about is the repairs breaking your bank account. Just like it is important to keep your electric appliances working properly, it is also important to find cost-friendly solutions to your problems from a trusted company like Rose Brothers and Sons. Like most everyone else, you might want to know some tips on how to save your money on electric repairs. Here are our top 5:

Easy Tips To Lower Your Electric repairs Budget:

  1. Preventive Maintenance. As the old saying goes, “be proactive instead of reactive.” Guess what? That can apply with electric repairs as well! There is no need for expensive repairs if you perform preventive maintenance beforehand. Regular maintenance can help the life expectancy of all of your major systems. For example, changing the filter on or deep cleaning a furnace can make it last much longer. For other appliances or systems, a deep clean, visual look over, or removal of debris can keep everything in working order. All of these can potentially prevent any costly repairs down the road.
  2. Off-Season Repairs. Just like your favorite fruits and vegetables, repair items have fluctuating prices dependent on the season. Finding the off seasons for certain systems or appliances are key in finding the cheapest prices for repairs on them. For example, furnace maintenance prices surge during the fall, so get yours checked out and repaired during the summer!
  3. DIY (Do-It-Yourself). If you are even slightly handy, you can go online to find tutorials on how to solve some of your electric problems on your own. The power of YouTube is amazing when you realize you can use the website to solve your real-world problems!
  4. Salvaged Materials. If you do end up fixing some of your own problems by hand, or can have any input on the materials used by your contractor, try out salvaged materials instead of new. Not only is it much cheaper, it’s also great for the environment. If bought secondhand, many materials can be bought for the fraction of a new price.
  5. Manufacturer’s Rebates. You know those fliers you receive whenever you check out at a store that give you chances to get money back on your purchases? Those are rebates and rebates are excellent ways to save money! When purchasing new appliances or materials, check the specific manufacturer or store for online rebates. Some may require surveys or a lengthy online questionnaire, but it is always worth it to get money back!

 

There are many ways to save money on electric repairs and these are just 5. If you are looking for electric repairs in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, look no further than Rose Brothers and Sons for a convenient, efficient, and cost-friendly solution to your needs.

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Get Your Electric System Ready for the Holidays

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With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, it is important that you start thinking about preparing your electric system for the holidays. While most people are more concerned with gifts, decorations, and finalizing those large family dinner menus at this time, to keep your holiday plans running smoothly you have to make sure you ensure your electric system is up to the task. The experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., your best choice for electrical inspections in Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, want to provide you with a few simple tips to get your electric system prepared for the holiday rush.

Surge Protection

Lights, decorations, mixers, and more; All of these things will be running in your home over the holidays and it is important that your circuit breakers are prepared for the increase of use. Power surges are usually caused by lightning strikes or overloads in the electrical grid, but it is not uncommon for things in your home to cause a surge as well. Electronics and other appliances turning on and off already puts your home at risk for a power surge but, with the added electricity usage a home requires for the holidays, what with plug-in decorations, Christmas lights, and extra cooking, the risk of dampening all your holiday festivities with a blown fuse or power surge increases even more. To prevent any surge malfunctions during the stressful holiday season, consider installing surge protection devices throughout your entire home to keep everything running smoothly and safely.

Upgrade Your Outlets

If your home is older and still features two-pronged outlets, it is time for an upgrade. These older style outlets will not offer the level of protection against shock and electrocution that the common three pronged outlets now provide. In addition to upgrading your outlets, you may be in need of more outlets around your home to cut back on the use of extension cords and power strips during the holiday season. While these items work relatively well, singular outlets can only withstand so much usage and if you overload your power strip you can cause power surges and power loss. Avoid all these problems and upgrade your outlets to keep your family safe and your holiday free of stress.

Schedule an Electric System Inspection

The best thing you can do to determine if your electric system needs and upgrade or work of some kind to make it through the holidays is to schedule an electrical inspection and avoid any problems that might occur. Here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we provide our customers with a wide range of services from inspections to repairs. Let one of our electrical contractors inspect your electric system and help you determine what upgrades and improvements need to be done so your home continues running smoothly. If you plan on scheduling an inspection before the holidays, make sure you schedule early so any improvements or repairs can be completed before things get too busy in both your home and with our schedule.

If you have any more questions about scheduling an inspection or other concerns about your electric system before the holidays, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. As an Angie’s List member, a business with an A+ rating from the BBB, and a combined 45 years of electrical experience on our staff, we can guarantee that we can meet all of your needs.

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Winterize Your Home In 10 Easy Steps

winterize your homeIf you have lived in Northern Kentucky for very long, you are aware that our winters can bring extremes in temperatures. Protect your family, home, appliances and budget by preparing your home for winter.  Here are a few tips to winterize your home.

  1. If you have an electric water heater, insulate it (If you have a gas-powered water heater insulation creates a fire hazard.) Insulate pipes leading to your water heater. This will cut down on the workload for your water heater.
  2. Seal any air leaks around your windows and doors. Put this on your fall schedule and you won’t be sorry. Caulking the leaks will save money on your heating and cooling bill.  If you can see light around your doors, your heat is escaping causing your heater or furnace to work longer and harder. Another way to check for leaks is to hold a lighted candle near your window on a windy day. If the candle flame bends, your window is leaking.
  3. Check the glazing on your windows for gaps or cracks. Glazing needs to be replaced periodically. If you tap on a window pane and it rattles your glazing may need replacement.
  4. Reduce the temperature on your thermostat when no one is at home and at night when all are sleeping.    Replacing your old manual thermostat with a programmable thermostat will automate this chore. Consider putting a timer on your water heater so that it isn’t heating water when it won’t be needed. Better yet, switch to a tankless water heating system.While this will only be done once when you winterize your home, you will be glad you took the time to make recommended replacements.
  5. Clean your gutters of debris. Check for any branches that might have grown and are hanging over electrical wires and have them removed.  
  6. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Hot air rises so you want your fan blowing up so that the warmer air circulates around the room.
  7. According t the Department of Energy, door drafts can waste anywhere from 5-30% of your heat. Try making a draft snake to place at the foot of your door.
  8. Shut off the water supply to your irrigation system and outdoor spigots. Hire a contractor to blow out any water remaining in your irrigation system.
  9. If you have a chimney, make sure it is ready for use. Chimneys should be cleaned at least once per year.
  10. Make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Replace old batteries if necessary.

For assistance with your home winterization plans call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric or visit our webpage at www.rosebrotherselectric.com. Our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas and will be happy to help you winterize your home.

 

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6 Ways To Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

lower your electric billWinter is coming and according to weather reports, winter 2016 should be a cold one.  If you’re like many homeowners in Northern Kentucky, you’re not looking forward to your first electric bill of the winter season.  If heating your home is taking a toll on your utility budget, here are 6 ways to lower your electric bill this winter:

  1.  Turn Your Thermostat Down 2 Degrees.  You can save money on your electric bill by lowering your thermostat a few degrees and wearing a sweater.  You can save more by turning it down even further when you’re sleeping.
  2. Only Run The Dishwasher When It’s Full – According to experts, you can not only save money on your electric bill when you run your dishwasher less often, but it also works better when it’s full.  Using a dishwasher requires less water than doing them by hand too.
  3. Insulate Your Water Heater and plumbing pipes.  Your water heater may work overtime in the winter if the water coming into the water heater is colder then usual.  You can help by insulating the pipes leading to the water heater.
  4. Turn off Appliances Your Not Using.  This is a hard one.  It’s easy to leave things on standby until your ready to use them, but it’s important to remember that appliances, tvs and computers left on will use electricity.
  5. Maintain your appliances – Dryers with clogged vents use more energy.  Make sure you clean your dryer vent and remove lint after each use.  Also clean the coils around your refrigerator.  Cleaner machines work more efficiently and can lower your electric bill.
  6. Seal and air leaks around windows and doors – Every year around fall, you should check all windows and doors for leaks. Caulking the leaks will save money on your heating and cooling bill.  If you can see light around your doors, your heat is escaping causing your heater or furnace to work longer and harder.

We Can Help Lower Your Electric Bill!

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you lower your electric bill.  We offer inspections on your electric system to see areas that are costing you money or may be a problem waiting to happen.  An inefficient electrical system can raise your electric bill, be a safety hazard and cost you more money in the long run.  If you have questions about how you can lower your electric bill, call the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

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What Should I Do When The Power Goes Out?

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There are a multitude of reasons as to why you might lose power in your home; Weather conditions, service accidents, and storms of varying levels of severity just to name a few. Because you can never be sure if your power outage is going to be for an extended period of time or for just a few minutes, it is important to be fully prepared for both scenarios. Keep your home and family safe with these power outage tips from Rose Brothers & Sons Electric where our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

When The Power Goes Out Short Term

Stay calm. Check outside your windows and see if you can tell if your neighbors have also lost power. If you discover that you are the only house on the block that is missing power, the problem is probably based within your home. Check circuit breakers, replace blown fuses, and check all of your outlets if you still don’t discover the problem and then call an electrician.

If you noticed that your neighbors have also lost power, call your electric company. While electrical suppliers usually know when areas on their grid lose power, it is always helpful for your own peace of mind to call and find an estimated time for repairs. While you are waiting for the repair, unplug all of your appliances with electrical components, like television sets, computers, and microwaves. By unplugging these items, you can avoid damage from the power surge once the power has been repaired.

Long Term Power Outage

The best thing you can do for long term power outages is to be prepared beforehand. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, and a basic first aid kit in a spot that you can locate easily. Consider buying a flashlight that stays plugged into an outlet at all times and is then ready and charged when your power goes out. If you have a generator, make sure you have the supplies you need like gas and that everything has been installed properly. Don’t wait for an emergency to check these things!

Just like with a short term power outage, check to see if you are the only house that has lost power and then check your breakers and fuses. If you are the only home that has lost power and you are unable to restore it, it is time to call an electrician. If your electrician comes and explains to you that the problem may take a while to resolve, unplug all of your belongings to avoid damage from power surges once power has been restored. In addition to this, turn off all of your breakers except for one, so you know when power is restored. Empty all your food from your refrigerators and freezers and leave the doors wide open. If someone you know has electricity, see if you can store food there. Utilize your windows to control the temperature of your home, open south facing curtains and blinds in the winter to let sun and heat into your home and always keep your blinds closed at night.

Electrical Repairs When The Power Goes Out

If you have a power outage or are in need of an electrical repair, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here for you. We are proud members of the BBB, Angie’s List, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other reputable organizations so you know our service is among the best. Call our team of experts today for all of your electrical needs.

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The 411 on Backup Generator Safety

 generator safetyBefore you consider buying or renting a portable backup generator, it is important that you consider a few backup generator safety tips to ensure you choose the best option for your home and need.  Every year people purchase backup generators for times when the power is out.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

Choosing a Portable Backup Generator

There are a few good models when it comes to purchasing or renting a generator.  Make sure you look at the size of your generator and make sure it can handle the wattage you will need to turn on all the lights and appliances you have to use.  You can get the amount of power you need by looking at labels on the appliances you plan to operate.  If you are operating lights, the wattage is the number.  Your generator should be rated for amount larger than your overall need.  You also need to accommodate a surge of power when the generator kicks on.  An electrician can help you determine the size generator you need.  If you are using a generator for more than just emergency needs, your electrician may recommend a more permanent set up to power your house.

Portable Generator Hazards

A gas powered generator is a safety hazard if you don’t use caution when operating it.  The toxic exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.  There is a hazard of electrocution or electric shock and because many portable generators are gas or diesel fueled, there is always a fire hazard.  You should read over the generator safety tips carefully before using a backup generator.

Backup Generator Safety tips

  • Never operate a generator in a closed in area.  Opening windows and doors will not make it safe for indoor use.  Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can quickly overcome you.  Never operate a generator in a garage, basement, crawlspace or other area that is enclosed.  If you have it near an open door or window CO can come inside.  The only way to detect CO in the air is to have a carbon monoxide detector that will sound an alarm when levels are too high.  If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should get fresh air immediately.
  • Keep the generator on dry, even ground.  Don’t operate next to water or in the rain.  Make sure your hands are dry when you touch the generator.
  • Cool the generator down 2 minutes before adding fuel.  This will make sure it doesn’t ignite.
  • Never use the generator around combustible items.
  • If you use extension cords make sure they are properly rated for outdoor use and are in good condition.  A three prong plug is important.
  • Never attempt to power your entire house by plugging directly into an outlet.  This “backfeeding” can cause electrocution miles away.  If you need to power your entire house, your electrician can install a power transfer switch which will do the job safely.

If you have questions about using a backup generator or generator safety, your electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help.  We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Southern Indiana area.

 

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New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati

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Building a new home is a huge undertaking. That is why it is important to have knowledgeable experts whom you can trust walking you through the new construction electrical process. The professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will provide you with that expertise along with ensuring that your personal needs for your home are met. Our expert new construction electricians will be with you every step of the way making sure that your project is completed the way that you had envisioned. We know that you have a lot invested in your home and want to make sure that your vision comes to fruition.

Call the experienced professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for all of your New Construction Electrical needs in the Cincinnati area. You can rely on their expertise and customer service to guide you through the process.

Services  New Construction Electricians Provide:

  • Electrical Construction
  • New Building Electrical
  • New Construction Wiring
  • New Construction Electricians
  • New Construction Electrical Repairs
  • New Construction Electrical Estimates
  • Commercial Electrical Build-outs

New Construction Services Provided in the Following Areas:

All of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, Williamstown

New Construction Electricians – Why Choose Us?

Whether you need a New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati, an Electrical Contractor or have other electrical needs Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We look forward to partnering with you on your new construction project and becoming your preferred electrician.

Our first priority at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is to treat you and your home with the utmost respect. You can trust that we will enter and leave your home as if it were our own. We take pride in our New Construction work and want your experience throughout the process to be a positive one. Our trained experts will deliver not only a service to you and your family but an enjoyable New Construction experience.

All of our Cincinnati electricians have many years of experience in New Construction. Their on the job experience and professionalism results in high quality work that is completed on time. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and Construction today and find out why numerous other Cincinnati area homeowners choose us for all of their electrical needs.

From beginning to end, the experts at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric work with YOU the customer. We are with you through all parts of the process. We want you to be happy with your home when the project is complete and will make that our goal. We will provide you with quality, on-time, affordable service on all of your electrical projects.

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