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How to Remodel to Create a Home Office

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) – is here to tell you how to remodel to create a home office. We proudly offer electrical services, including repair, maintenance, and remodeling.

When it comes to working from home, or even just having work to do at home from your office, it can be hard to find a quiet place to focus. That’s why remodeling your home to create a home office is a great idea! Home offices offer many advantages. When you work from home, they allow you to set your own schedule and save time and money. They also put you in the correct headspace for getting work done because of their professional environment. We are here to help you with some pointers on how to remodel to create a home office. Read on to learn more!

First off, you need to choose the space that you will be remodeling into your home office. This decision should take into consideration your critical needs, which you should create a list of before beginning. This list could include things like a desk, printer, fax machine, computer, filing cabinets, phone, etc. Depending on your profession, you may need a variety of other things.

After you come up with this list, you need to ensure that the space you have available can accommodate all of these things comfortably. If you have a room available that you can choose, instead of a portion of a room, that is best. That way, you can close the door and keep business in and personal out. You also want to ensure your space is away from any sort of distractions. If you have a job that will involve bringing clients into your home, you should choose a room close to an outside door.

You also need to answer many different questions.

  • Will you have clients visiting your home office? How will that affect your needs?
  • Will you have employees working from your home?
  • Will you be manufacturing or assembling products from home?
  • How much storage space do you need, if any?

It is also important, once you select your space, to come up with a productive, functional, and visually appealing workspace. You need to take measurements and create a floor plan. You want to be able to create your perfect workspace in one go, which also helps make sure everything will remain within your budget. If you can use a space that doesn’t require much renovation, that’s great. However, renovations can be great in order to create the perfect space. We are more than happy to help you with any electrical needs here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

A variety of helpful resources, including a Renovations Costs Worksheet and Important Questions can be seen here. However you choose to go about creating your perfect home office, be sure you do your research so that you can be sure you are doing everything correctly and safely.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc Electric and Construction is here to help you with any electrical construction project, big or small. We specialize in residential construction projects, as well as breaks in service and storm repairs. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. When you choose Rose Brothers for your electrical needs, you choose experience and incredible service. You can expect nothing but the best from us. We are proud to operate out of Walton, KY and serve all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help you!

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Why Are Bathroom Fans Important?

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – conveniently located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you see why bathroom fans are so important. Call us today for all of your electrical needs.

Many people believe that the only necessary pieces in the bathroom are the main fixtures, like the shower, the toilet, and the vanity. However, the bathroom fan plays a huge role in keeping your bathroom functional and in good shape. Exhaust fans are an incredibly important system to have in your bathroom. Not only do these fans clear the humid air while your showering, they provide beneficial ventilation to your room that could otherwise cause a major problem. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we want to help you understand how necessary this bathroom feature is, so you can see why bathroom fans are so important.

Moisture Removal

The main function of the bathroom fan is moisture removal. If you’ve ever taken a steaming hot shower and forgotten to turn on the fan, it’s obvious what this feature prevents. Stepping out of the shower into a room full of steam may seem like a sign that your shower was hot and relaxing, but a room full of steam can cause big problems for a bathroom that is not equipped for it. Unlike saunas that are built to accommodate wet heat and steam, bathrooms are not made entirely of ceiling to floor tile.  The moisture generated from your hot shower can seep into your paint, wallpaper, and drywall and cause major water damage over time. If you have wooden fixtures, the heat and steam can warp these pieces as well.

Fume Eliminator

The bathroom is host to a wide range of smells, from unpleasant odors to delightful perfumes and scents. Bathroom fans allow you to keep any odors contained and stop them from spreading throughout your whole home. In addition to protecting your home from odors, the bathroom fan is also beneficial when it comes time for cleaning. Because bathrooms require the use of relatively harsh chemicals to keep them looking sparkling clean, they can be potentially dangerous. Exhaust fans help eliminate the danger and whip the chemical odors away to keep you and your family safe and protected.

While bathroom fans are commonplace in the home, many of these systems can have problems with installation, age, and other malfunctions that can lead to even bigger issues for your home. To ensure that your bathroom fan is installed properly and functioning at its best, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here to help. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, our team of qualified professional electricians can help ensure that all of the electrical wiring in your home is working at peak performance. With our team of trusted electricians and an A+ rating from the BBB, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and dedication to every project we complete. No matter what your electrical need may be, Rose Brothers & Sons can ensure a great experience. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today!

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How Should You Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting?

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) – is here to help you choose the best outdoor lighting for your home. We handle a variety of electrical issues and can help keep your home in perfect working order.

Outdoor lighting is a simplistic way to enhance the outside of your home, add security to your property, and make your home safer. Choosing the right outdoor lighting may seem like a no brainer, but there are actually a lot of lighting options available that may be better suited to certain homes or personal preferences. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, can guide you through your lighting options and show you how to pick the best outdoor lighting for your home.

Why You Should Buy Outdoor Lighting?

The right outdoor lighting will add a sense of ambiance and character to the outside of your home. You can add unique lighting accents, like a whimsical hanging lamp over your front door or light posts that line your driveway as a way to make your home more inviting and appealing to all who see it. In addition to making your home look special, outdoor lighting adds a whole new level of safety to your home. Well-lit homes have a much lower chance of experiencing crime than homes that are not well lit. Ample, functional lighting pieces also allow you and your family to better maneuver the terrain of your yard if you are ever outside when it starts to get dark, possibly preventing falls or injuries.

What’s the Right Lighting?

While lighting choice is mostly a personal preference, each type of lighting option will function in a different way depending on where it is placed. Wall lights and sconces can add light to the outside of your garage, patio, and anywhere there is a wall of your home. Ranging from simplistic to elegant, wall lights and sconces will illuminate a small area around them and shine against your home.

Hanging lights can be decorative or simplistic but are ideal for the entryway above your front door. Not only do these lights add much-needed lighting for guests, they can be used to really accentuate the style of the interior of your home to make your design feel cohesive.

Lamp posts are great to use however you choose. Place them at the end of your sidewalk or line your entire driveway for a style that really stands out, these lighting options will help you navigate walkways and set your home apart.

Security and fence lighting are usually subtler in appearance. Mounted on the top of windows, doors, and fences, these lights function with the main goal of shining the light in vulnerable areas of the home.

As you can see, the number of lighting options can actually be quite overwhelming. Don’t let this decision becoming stressful. The experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric are here to help you make the right choice and ensure proper installation. Proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati for the past 30 years, our team of master electricians can make your lighting installation and selection run smoothly. For more information about the electrical contracting services we provide, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Finding the Right Pool Lighting for Your Home

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – located in Walton, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you choose the right style of pool lighting. We proudly solve a multitude of electrical issues in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio areas.

Whether you are having a pool installed or you already have a pool in your backyard and are looking to enhance the area, pool lighting is a great thing to consider adding. The perfect pool lighting allows you to enjoy your pool at all hours of the day and night and can completely change the ambiance of the space. From fun choices, like color changing LEDs to more practical halogen lighting for a more well-lit area, you can make your pool completely unique with lighting. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, located in Walton, Kentucky, we can help you find the right lighting for your pool, so you can make sure you are completely satisfied once installation is complete.

Why Lighting is so Important

It is important to really consider all your pool lighting options before you have your pool installed. While you can makeover an already installed pool if necessary, the process is much more difficult and time consuming. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why making the right lighting choice the first time is always the better option. As mentioned, pool lighting allows you to enjoy your pool whenever you feel. Aside from the obvious functional needs, the lighting inside your pool and the lighting you choose for your pool area will create the atmosphere of your pool. Whether you want a relaxed and luxurious spa-like pool or you crave something more dramatic with bold or colorful lighting options, your lighting should enhance your theme.

Lighting Options

Lights can be added inside of your pool and the area around your pool depending on your personal needs. There are three basic lighting types: halogen, LED, and fiber optic. Halogen lights are affordable and will give you optimal, natural lighting around your pool. LED lights are much more efficient than halogen lighting and will provide you with a bright and crisp lighting with far fewer lights. Lastly, fiber optic lighting allows you to change the look of your pool the most. With the ability to change colors, you can change the ambiance of your pool with ease.

Pool lighting also comes in a wide variety of styles. You can choose floating pool lights, built-in lights around the wall of your pool, lights behind a water feature, in-ground lights around the top of your pool, or even lighting that sits farther away from the pool to add ambiance to the whole pool area; whatever lighting options you choose will alter the feel and function of your space.

To make sure your pool lighting is perfect and incorporates your functional and personal style needs, planning out your lighting with an electrical contractor will ensure the smoothest installation. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we can help you make your pool dreams come to life. With our team of experienced master electricians with over 45 years of combined experience, we can ensure a safe and efficient pool lighting installation that you will be satisfied with for years to come. For more information about our electrical contracting services or to set up an appointment to talk about pool lighting options, contact our team today!

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Bringing Your New Construction Up to Code

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) from their Walton, KY location – is here to help you learn about ways you can get your new construction up to code. Call us today to handle any electrical issues that arise with your new build.

Making sure your home is up to code after a new construction project is extremely important when it comes to keeping yourself and your family safe. Building codes guarantee that everything in your home is in top shape and makes sure every new renovation was done with high-quality craftsmanship. Though there are many arguments for and against new building codes, statistics speak for themselves when they show the number of building collapses, fires, and flooding that were prevented by the evolution of codes.

When it comes to making sure your home is up to code, it is super helpful to plan ahead. Before you even start your project, you should ensure that you meet all building codes for your state and/or city. You can browse building codes for Ohio here and Kentucky here. There is a good chance that if your building plans, themselves, aren’t up to code, you will receive a suspension of your building permit. Of course, when you are just doing small home renovations, you won’t necessarily need a building permit, it is still important to make sure your home is up to code to ensure that it is safe for your family.

Electrical codes are especially important, and we can help you with those. One of the most common causes of house fires in the United States is faulty electrical wiring. This is why it is so important to make sure you are following all electrical codes. Not only do these house fires caused by electrical wiring cause loss of lives, they also cause millions of dollars in property damage. Aside from worn out plugs and sockets, DIY wiring projects, outdated circuit breakers and fuse boxes, a majority of these fires are caused by noncompliance with electrical installation codes. In addition to being able to help you decipher these codes, so you understand them, we can also help you by inspecting your home and projects in order to make sure everything is in great shape.

Some general codes to consider are as follows:

In Bathrooms:

  • All outlets must be Ground Fault Current Interrupter.
  • There must be an electrical receptacle three feet from the sink.
  • There can be no face-up receptacles on countertops.

In Kitchens:

  • All countertop receptacles must be Ground Fault Current Interrupter.
  • Receptacles cannot be more than twenty inches above countertops.
  • Kitchen Islands must have at least one receptacle, if not more.
  • Once again, no face up receptacles.

In General:

  • Wall receptacle every twelve feet.
  • Any wall space that is more than twenty-four inches wide should have a receptacle.
  • Hallways that are longer than ten feet must have at least one receptacle.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc Electric and Construction is here to help you keep your home in perfect condition. Whether you are renovating and need an electrician for your new construction or just need help with regular inspections and maintenance issues, we are here for you. We specialize in residential service changes, upgrades, and breaks in service and storm repairs, so we definitely know what we are doing. We also offer 24-hour emergency service. We operate out of Walton, Kentucky, but we are proud to inform you that we serve all of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Give us a call today and let us help you keep your home up to code!

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The Dangers of Fireworks Near Electrical Lines

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, this means a lot of cookouts, fireworks and fun times. However, how do you stay safe when setting off these fireworks? Fireworks are fun and can be beautiful to look at, however, they are especially dangerous when set off near electrical lines. Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, KY serving Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati provides you with these safety tips for staying safe during this upcoming holiday!

 

Safety Tips

The U.S. Fire Administration reports thousands of fireworks-related injuries each summer, the biggest threat being firecrackers, followed by bottle rockets, and then sparklers. It is important to take these precautionary measures when handling fireworks to have a safe and fun holiday this Fourth of July.

  • Light fireworks in open areas where no power lines can be seen. It is important to call your cooperative immediately if your firework gets tangled in an overhead wire.
  • Children should only be spectators during a firework show. They should never be given fireworks or sparklers.
  • Carefully read and follow the directions and warning labels on your fireworks. This is imperative as the majority of injuries result from improper use.
  • For spectators’ safety, keep them at least 20 feet and not downwind from where your fireworks show will be set off.
  • Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface. This surface needs to be far away from all flammable materials such as dry leaves
  • Never try to relight fireworks that did not go off originally or don’t function.
  • It is a necessary precaution to keep a bucket of water nearby when setting off your fireworks in case of fire.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati

If you have additional questions about firework safety, then please do not hesitate to stop by your favorite local, family owned business, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, KY. We have been your trusted electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years. We can offer you help with anything from small repairs to large electrical construction projects. Your safety and happiness is of the utmost importance to us; we want to provide you with the best possible experience by providing you with actual solutions instead of just temporarily fixing your problem. We also have an excellent record on Angie’s List, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Please do not hesitate to contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

 

 

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Why Surge Protectors Are Important for Keeping Your Home Safe

A power surge happens when there is a short-term spike in the electrical current running through an outlet. The purpose of surge protectors is to detect excess voltage and direct the additional electricity into the grounding wire. The traditional voltage for homes and offices is around 120 volts, so if the power surpasses this amount it is deemed a power surge. There are many reasons that an electrical surge can occur, besides lightning. One example is the turning on and off of appliances that use lots of energy, such as refrigerators, furnace, and air conditioning. Other culprits are faulty wiring, short circuits in your wiring system, and tripped circuit breakers.

When there is a sudden overabundance of electricity, it causes a flow of excessive heat which can burn the components and the wiring of whatever device is connected to the outlet. Not only could your appliances be permanently ruined, but it can cause fires to spark too. Power surges have been liable for the destruction of homes and appliances, as well as some structural fires. To keep your family and property free from danger and protected from surges, you need to invest in surge protectors. They are even more necessary in today’s world of technology, because current devices are more sensitive to surges than in previous generations. All of your expensive microprocessors, like your television, computer, and media centers, should be plugged into surge protectors. Without them, you are opening up your home to the potential for costly damage.

Surges in power are a serious and potentially costly problem. For the safety of your family, your home needs a surge protector. However, it is important to not buy one that is poor in quality, as they can be equivalent to having no protection at all. When you are searching make sure that you are looking for surge protectors and not just power strips. Power strips merely offer additional outlet space but do nothing in the way of keeping you safe. You should also ensure that the product is labelled with a UL seal. Underwriters’ Laboratories test the capabilities of each surge protection device to see if it meets the minimal quality and safety standards. UL designates all of the passing protectors as “transient voltage surge suppressor” on the label, so specifically check for this. To keep your belongings and loved ones safe, you need to have surge protectors in your home.

If you are looking for an electrical contractor in the Tri-State area, you need someone you can trust. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a family owned business built on hard work and honesty. We care about resolving the electrical issues of our customers, as we put your safety and happiness above everything else. We take the time to find and fix the true source of the problem, unlike other electricians that may just quickly patch up a symptom of the issue. We are located in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. If you need a local electrician, call us today.

 

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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.

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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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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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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