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The Difference Between a Short Circuit or Ground Fault?

short circuit or ground faultWhat’s the difference between a short circuit or ground fault and do I need to know? You may have heard the terms short circuit or ground fault used and wonder what they mean to you and your electrical system. If you have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, you may have a faulty breaker, a short circuit or  ground fault or a problem with one of your appliances.

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip?

If you have a fuse box or circuit breaker box, it is put in place to protect you and your home from too much electricity. Circuit breakers or fuses are designed to work with a certain amount of electricity or AMPS. When that amount is exceeded because too much electricity is required, the fuse will blow or the breaker will trip to off. For example when you have a 20-amp fuse and your appliance starts using 30-amps you will exceed the amount of electricity and your circuit breaker will trip or your fuse will burn out.

Short Circuit or Ground Fault

What Is A Short Circuit?

A Short circuit is when a wire gets exposed or is open to touch another wire. When the wires are connected wrong or insulation wears away so that wires touch, you can end up with a hot wire touching a neutral wire and this can result in a short circuit. Often you’ll see a spark or smell smoke. Sometimes you cannot detect where the problem is. Your electrician can help determine the cause of the short circuit and rewire any areas that have trouble. A short circuit will draw more electricity and cause a short. Sometimes the hot wires melt the insulation on the wires and could potentially cause a house fire.

What Is A Ground Fault?

A ground fault occurs when the hot wire is exposed and touches either the ground wire or it touches metal in the junction box or in the appliance. For example if your air conditioner compressor has a ground fault it means a wire in the compressor broke and is touching the sides of the unit. This will also cause a surge in power that will trip the breaker or blow the fuse.  Another term for ground fault is a short to ground connection.

What Should You Do If Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

If you notice a problem with your circuit breaker, you need to have it checked out. The circuit breaker is there to keep you safe and notify you if there’s a problem. Sometimes the only problem is a loose wire at the circuit breaker box. Other times, you have either a short circuit or ground fault causing the breaker to trip or the fuse to blow. Your electrician at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you determine where the problem is and make the necessary repairs. Rose Brothers serves the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and we are ready to help you with all your electrical repairs.

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Can Ceiling Fan Installation Save On Cooling Cost?

ceiling fan installationThere are many good arguments that would recommend ceiling fan installation to save on cooling costs.  The trick is not just to install a ceiling fan but to install it correctly and to use it wisely.

What To Expect From Ceiling Fans

Unlike air conditioners that actually cool the air, ceiling fans work by creating air flow.  It’s important to note that like a portable fan or table fan, unless you are in direct contact with the air flow, it won’t do you much good.  Ceiling fans have 2 settings. The counter-clockwise setting is best in the summer and the clockwise setting is best in the winter.  The direction of the air is determined by the slant of the blades.  During colder weather, the warm air can be pulled up to the ceiling and redistributed around the room to help heat colder exterior walls.  Likewise in the summer, the blades will push air down and create a draft.  Some people are comfortable with ceiling fans and use their A/C less or on a lower setting.

How To Save Cooling Costs With a Ceiling Fan

If you use your ceiling fan as intended, it could produce some savings on your electric bill.  You should attach your ceiling fan to the light switch so that it turns off with the light when you leave the room.  Ceiling fans only help you while your in the room.  They cannot cool air in other rooms.  Also if you can enjoy the breeze from your ceiling fan and adjust the temperature down on your thermostat, then you will be able to realize a greater savings.

Ceiling Fan Placement

When installing a ceiling fan, make sure you think about the affects of blowing air on your room.  Some people don’t like ceiling fans in the kitchen for this reason.  It can lower the temperature on the stove or create a hazard if you own a gas stove.  Potentially a ceiling fan above your dining room table could cool the food faster than you like.  Also when considering ceiling fan installation, make sure you add enough ceiling fans in the room to create even temperatures that will cool the entire room.  Many people who install bedroom ceiling fans get so they cannot sleep comfortably without the airflow and noise of the ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fan Installation

If you are thinking about installing ceiling fans this summer or would like to replace existing ceiling lights with a ceiling fan fixture, contact the electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.  Rose Brothers can help with all your lighting and ceiling fan installation. Rose Brothers services the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Contact us today and live cooler!

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Are Electrical Repairs and Upgrades Tax Deductible?

electrical repairs and upgradesYou may be wondering if electrical repairs and upgrades are tax deductible. According to experts, if you only use your home for personal use, then the amount of the home repair is not tax deductible. You can however use the amount of the home improvement for your benefit. Here’s how it works:

Rules For Home Owners

According to IRS rules, if you made home improvements like kitchen remodeling or a room addition, you can add the cost of the expense to the base price of your home. For example, if you purchased your home for 200,000 and spent 30,000 on remodeling, then the base price of your home would go up to 230,000. When you sell your home, this would offset any capital gain you may have. In our example, if you sold your home for 250,000 then you would only have 20,000 in gains instead of 50,000. You may also qualify for exemption from those gains so it’s important to get all the facts before you file your taxes.

Rules For Home Businesses

If you use part of your home for business, the rules change and you can deduct some of the home improvements or all of them depending on where the improvement was made and how much of it benefits your business. If you remodel your kitchen or need electrical upgrades and you use your home in a business type situation, then the cost of the expense may be deducted. This is especially true if you are upgrading the electric in the part of the home that is your office. If the upgrade or electrical repair is an improvement to the entire home, the amount you can deduct is often based on the square footage of the office in your home or the portion you rent out. If however the expense is part of the office or part of the rental room, you may be able to deduct the full amount. You may also be able to depreciate the expenses similar to the way you would depreciate a building. Your accountant will be able to show you which rules apply to you and how to make the most of your tax situation.

Rules For Landlords

If you own rental property then you can claim all of your electrical repairs and upgrades as a tax deduction. There is a difference in the way you classify the expenses as an improvement or repair. If you choose to write off the expense as a repair, you can take the full amount as an expense in the year you claim it. If you classify the amount as an improvement, then you can depreciate the amount over many years.

A good tax attorney or accountant can show you the best way to write off your expenses and electrical repairs to offset your income.

Electrical repairs and Upgrades

If you need electrical repairs or upgrades, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We have experience with remodeling, electrical repairs and upgrades. Many of the home improvement you make, including electrical repairs and upgrades can affect your tax situation. When you need a good electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is the company to call. We specialize in all sorts of electrical projects from new construction to simple electrical repairs.

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Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

appliances that require dedicated circuitsThere are many appliances that require dedicated circuits. In fact, if you are constantly experiencing your circuit breaker tripping or lights dimming, you may have a problem with how your breaker box is set up. This can cause not only damage to your appliances but it’s also a fire hazard. You owe it to yourself and your family to keep your electrical system safe and working properly.

What Is A Dedicated Circuit?

A dedicated circuit is a circuit breaker in your electrical box that is used for only one appliance. It in effect is dedicated to doing only that one thing. Some major appliances that draw a lot of electricity will require more than one switch we usually refer to these as double pole circuits as opposed to single pole circuits. This configuration keeps you and your home safe from fires. Double pole circuits are for appliances requiring 30-50 amps and single pole circuits are for appliances requiring 20 amps.

The Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment

Electric Ranges and Ovens

Refrigerators and Freezers

Dishwashers

Washers and Dryers

Microwaves

Electric Fireplaces

Garage Door Openers

Car Charging Stations

Garbage Disposals

Water Heaters

Sump pumps

Jacuzzi, hot tubs and Pools

Upgrading Your Electrical Circuits

If you are adding a new appliance or an older used appliance, you need to make sure your electric is set up to handle the new addition.   You can check the rating on the new appliance or electrical equipment to determine how much electricity it will use. Many appliances are compliant with Energy Star ratings and use less electricity than older models. If you experience fluctuating power, dimming light or you are constantly throwing a breaker switch, you should call your professional electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky and have your electrical system checked out. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with fast, dependable electrical repairs and upgrades. Call today to speak with a professional electrician or to schedule a repair or estimate.

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Choosing the Right Electrical Contractor

choosing the right electrical contractorChoosing The Right Electrical Contractor can be tricky if you don’t know the right questions to ask. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we work hard to maintain a good reputation and keep our customers satisfied. We are also dedicated to making sure our work meets and exceeds industry standards and that we do our work with excellence and abide by the National Electrical code and local city and state requirements. It’s one thing for us to say that and quite another thing for our customers to agree. If you are looking for an Electrical Contractor in Greater Cincinnati, call our office and we’ll be happy to supply you with a list of references or give you some of our latest projects so you can speak with existing customers yourself. Here are a few other things you can do to make sure you are choosing the right Electrical Contractor.

Questions To Ask

  • Are the electricians who will be working on the job licensed, insured and what are their qualifications?
  • Has the electrical company been in business long?
  • Do they have a good reputation with workers, customers and vendors?
  • Do they have experience performing the task at hand?

Things to Be Aware Of

Make sure you know exactly what you want done. If there are any questions, ask them. Take note of how knowledgeable the electrical contractor is and if they add to what you are saying with logical ideas. Make sure you get any proposal in writing. If you have an estimate, check to see that equipment and parts are considered. Make sure you can agree on the labor charges so that you know what to expect when the job is complete.

Choosing The Right Electrical Contractor

When it comes to choosing the right electrical contractor, you need a company that can handle your project no matter how big or small it is. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is dedicated to providing quality electrical repairs, upgrades and electrical installations for remodeling projects, new construction both residential and commercial and other industrial electrical projects. If you need a company you can rely on to be on time and on budget, contact us at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Energy Management For Commercial Facilities

Energy Management for Commercial FacilitiesEnergy Management for commercial facilities begins with an energy usage evaluation and includes adding features like a remote Wi-Fi controlled thermostat. Energy usage is a large expense for commercial facilities like schools, offices, restaurants and other public places. Many times the ability to control things like lighting and heating and cooling equipment can lower your company’s utilities by drastic amounts. Here are a few things to consider when adding a remote controlled thermostat.

Energy Management For Commercial Facilities

Remote Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to control your thermostat from a single login. You can detect things from your system such as: weather, high and low temperatures and data usage statistics that can help you identify problems sooner. With the ability to check on your system at any time from a remote location, you can make sure customers and employees are more comfortable and energy waste is kept to a minimum. You can also coordinate multiple HVAC systems to coordinate effortlessly together.

Smart Phone Apps

With the addition of a free smart phone app you can use your remote control thermostat with ease from anywhere. This allows you to control your home or business HVAC system while you’re at home or the office and when you’re away. If the cost of energy waste is lowering your bottom line, then the installation of money saving home automation device like a remote controlled thermostat makes perfectly good sense.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric in Northern Kentucky can help you lower your energy costs by first identifying areas where you are wasting money or need electrical repairs or equipment that can result in better optimization, greater energy efficiency and lower utility bills. Electrical equipment as simple as installing a Wi-Fi remote control thermostat can give you greater control of your energy usage. Contact the expert electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric your industrial electricians can help with energy management for commercial facilities like yours. We can supply you with information to help you make better decisions about your electrical and HVAC system and we can provide you with a free estimate on any service or repairs we recommend.

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5 Tips For Choosing Lights

greater cincinnati Electrical contractorRose Brothers and Sons Electric offer these 5 tips for choosing lights for your home. As Greater Cincinnati electrical contractors, we are often asked to install lighting in new homes. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most out of your indoor and outdoor lights

1.What Are Your Goals

When you begin choosing the lights for your new home, remember that most rooms require more than one type of lighting. Task lights, overhead lights and aesthetic lights are all important. Consider your kitchen for example. You’ll need a good overhead light for most activities and a few task lights to help you see. Lights are often added at the stove area, around the sink where you do dishes and under cabinets where you may need more direct light.   Choosing the right lighting for each individual room will create the right ambience in each room and give you the task lighting that makes you comfortable.

2. Choosing Lights For Safety and Security

Whether you are discussing indoor lights or outdoor lights, choosing lights to help you keep from falling or lights to deter intruders, should be one of your top priorities.  Outdoors lighting should include lights along the walkways and at the entryways.  This allows you ample light keep from tripping and to find your keys so you can get inside your home quickly.  Lights on steps inside and out will help keep you from tripping and missing a step.  Motion sensor lights work well in areas where you need lights for brief moments when you’re passing by.  You should also install motion sensor lights around your house to keep intruders at bay.  When it comes to adding lights to the outside of your home, you want to make sure the lighting isn’t so bright it will keep you or your neighbors up at night.

3. Choosing Lights For Aesthetics

Outdoors lighting can really add charm to your home at night.  light sconces can be added either pointing down or up to give your home some character at night.  Lights can also turn architectural aspects of your home into wonderful focal points.  When you think about adding lights for looks to your home, take a tour of your neighborhood and see if you find any homes that light up nicely.  Often neighborhoods are unique in the way they use outdoor lighting.

Indoor lighting is just as important when it comes to adding to your decor and design style.  This is especially true when you consider hanging lights or chandeliers.  Make sure the lighting you choose doesn’t outdate your home but instead, matches the decor and design of your home.  If you have high ceilings, adding lights towards the ceiling can really add a nice touch.  Recessed lighting is often all you need.  You can choose recessed lighting that is stationary or that is directional based on your needs.

4.  Choosing Lights For Ambience

Lights have a way of setting the tone for each room they are in.  Choose your lights well and make sure you choose the correct size light bulb for each lamb or light fixture.  Not only the size but the wattage is important.  The correct wattage is necessary to keep you safe from fires and melting fixtures.  Also choosing the wattage to add the right ambience is important.  A light that is too bright will make you feel uncomfortable.  Likewise, a low light that might be perfect in a bedroom would be hard to live with in other areas of the home.  Lighting can create a comfort that adds to your home and makes your rooms more inviting.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you choose lights for your home.  If you need help picking out fixtures or determining where to place your lights, call the lighting experts at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We can help you install all the lighting you’ll need.

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Avoiding Common Wiring Mistakes in Northern Kentucky

common wiring mistakesCommon wiring mistakes can create a problem for homeowners who aren’t aware of the problem. Often do-it-yourself projects can create an electrical wiring nightmare that isn’t discovered until someone gets hurt or the house burns down. Many times unsuspecting homeowners have to confess to electrical project mistakes during a home inspection where they realize some of the jobs they undertook were better left to professional electricians in Northern Kentucky.  Understanding building codes and how to wire your home is what makes a professional electrician stand out.

Common Wiring Mistakes

Many times we find areas of the home where the wiring is put in backwards. Neutral wires in an outlet are connected to the wrong wires. Often this won’t cause any problem with the appliances you plug in but can potentially cause a life threatening shock if left undetected.

Another problem we often see is either not using wire nuts or connectors, or not putting the connections into a junction box. This can cause problems if there is a short. A wire nut or electrical box will protect your wiring and the surrounding area if there is an electrical short or arch.

Many times novice electricians will cut corners when it comes to all the specific wires and connectors that need to be properly placed to avoid fire or injury. Your professional electrician in Northern Kentucky knows what the rules are for safety and to pass building codes in the area. Using too small a junction box or putting too many wires inside the box is a good example of problems that can occur when you aren’t sure what you’re doing or you’re trying to fix your electrical wires without the right equipment.

If you don’t know much about electricity and don’t understand the correct way to run ground wires to your home, it is best to hire a residential electrical contractor to help with all your electrical needs. This will make sure you avoid common wiring mistakes that could end up costing you a ransom in costly repairs.

Call The Experts!

Electrical wiring is one area of your home where avoiding common wiring mistakes is crucial. Let the expert team at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric handle all your electrical upgrades, repairs and wiring projects in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Ohio. Keep you, your family and your home safe. Contact us today!

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Should I Upgrade Electrical Wiring In My Home?

upgrade electrical wiringWe often are asked, “Should I upgrade electrical wiring in my home?” Many people who are looking at a house to buy or who live in an older house ask this question.   If you have older wiring, or you buy a house built in the 60’s or 70’s it may be a question you should be asking because your safety may be at risk. Also if you notice problems with your electricity, you should have a licensed electrician in Northern Kentucky look over your electrical system for any potential problems.  There are many reasons to get electrical upgrades.  Here are just a few:

Safety Concerns

Many of the reasons to upgrade electrical wiring revolve around safety concerns. If you have problems with circuit breakers tripping, you probably have a bad connection somewhere that needs addressed. Likewise, if you have multiple power strips in your home because you don’t have enough outlets, you could be creating a fire hazard. Homes built between 1960 and 1975 may be wired with aluminum wiring which can oxidize over time and create another fire hazard. These are some of the reasons why you should upgrade electrical wiring.

New Appliances

When you purchase a new appliance, you may need to upgrade electrical wiring to accommodate the new appliance. This is especially true when switching from gas to electric appliances in your kitchen. Many new appliances require heavier gauge wiring and a dedicated circuit breaker. You should never attempt to run a new appliance on insufficient electricity. This is unsafe for the appliance and also can be hazardous.

Surge Protectors

If you notice your lights flickering during a storm, this could be an indication you need better surge protection. Surge protectors can be included in your outlet strip or you can install a surge protector that works at the source of electricity for a whole house affect. Most electrical appliances can handle small surges that are considered normal. Large surges however can ruin appliances and electronics and have the potential to be unsafe.

Help To Upgrade Electrical Wiring In Your Home

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a licensed and insured electrical contractor who can help you upgrade your electrical system. We are experienced and trustworthy. Contact us today to answer any questions you have or schedule a estimate for electrical upgrades. We service Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky area.

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Industrial Electrical Contractors In Greater Cincinnati

industrial electrical contractors in Greater Cincinnati Commercial and Industrial Electrical Contractors in Greater Cincinnati offer you everything you need to ensure a timely approach to your electrical construction project. The Industrial Electrical contractors at Rose Bothers and Sons Electric are dedicated to providing you with quality service and a high level of excellence in every construction site service we offer.

Time Matters

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric understand that time is important in keeping your company running smoothly and ensuring successful start-up. The sooner you can get construction underway the sooner you can begin production and get your product to market. Whether you are building a new facility, updating your current facility or just making things work more efficiently, you need commercial and industrial electrical contractors in Greater Cincinnati who are thorough and can get the job completed on schedule.

Experience Matters

When you think about hiring a contractor you want to make sure you hire someone with as much experience as you can afford. Rose Brothers and Sons offer over 30 years of industrial electrical experience. We have experience with every aspect of pre-construction planning and the electrical installation process. You’ll find our staff’s understanding and professional experience is second to none. We strive to communicate and offer excellent customer service as well. Whether we are working directly with you the manager or a general contractor. The outcome is an electrical system that functions efficiently and is designed to handle all your needs. Just as important as the equipment itself, we also help with pre-construction planning to ensure your electrical system matches your needs and is located in the appropriate area of your building.

Industrial Electrical Contractors in Greater Cincinnati

If you’re thinking about changing your facility or growing into a new facility, you probably have a long list of questions you need to answer before you begin. Rose Brothers and sons Electric can help. We have experience in new construction, facility upgrades and improvements, expansions, equipment retrofits and a variety of other services. If you’re looking for Industrial Electricians in Greater Cincinnati or the surrounding areas, call Tim Rose at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric at (859) 750-8172.

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