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Home Electricity and Preventing Power Outages

electrical contractorHome electricity is a necessity Americans have come to depend on. We need electric for lights, cooking, cleaning and in some cases life-support. It wasn’t too long ago in our history that people lived without electricity. Today, when the power goes out, we are left in limbo and inconvenienced until the lights come back on. Some areas have experienced many problems associated with power outages that have left families devastated and businesses without revenue. Fortunately most hospitals and public areas have backup power to depend on. Here are a few of the causes of power outages and what you can do to prepare for them.

Weather Causing Power Outages

Most of the power outages in the Northern Kentucky area are caused by weather. Snow, rain, ice and wind can all take a toll on electrical systems. Although it is almost impossible to plan for a flood or tornado, you can take precaution to protect your electrical system from damage from water, moisture and dust. Dust and water can damage your home electricity causing serious costly repairs. Sealed circuit boxes help protect your electrical system from water damage. Where your electric boxes are, also helps. More severe weather concerns have sometimes left entire regions without power. You may not be able to prevent such catastrophes, but you can prepare for them. Having candles, canned food, extra water or a back-up electric generator can help.

Other Causes of Power Outages

Other power outages result when power lines and wires are damaged. Large animals and birds can sometimes cause power outages. Other outages occur when automobiles wreck into power lines or the power company is working on power lines sometimes power outages are the result of human error. Other power outages are the direct result of short circuits. This is when the electrical current takes a wrong path causing excess in electrical current that can lead to circuit damage, fire or explosion. Short circuits are one of the primary causes of fires in the area. Short circuits occur for many reasons, damaged wires, water or other conducting material that comes in contact with the current. Motors that are jammed can also cause a short circuit.

Preventing Power Outages with Good Electrical Installations

One way to prevent power outages and short circuits is to make sure you have good quality materials in place in your electrical system. Make sure you hire a certified electrician who will install your electrical system the right way without cutting corners. Wires should always be good quality and the right gauge for your application. Pumps, pistons, rotors and other moving parts should be inspected and maintained to prevent short circuits caused by jammed equipment. Circuits should not be overloaded. High quality circuit breakers and fuses should be used to protect against circuit overload. All circuit breakers and electrical wiring should be kept away from water and moisture. Besides power outages, your electrical system should also be able to withstand the problems of power surges and low voltage. If you have questions about your home electricity, call your trusted electrical contractor, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They will be happy to help you.

 

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Protecting Your Electrical System During a Storm

protecting your electrical system during a stormIt is hard to imagine, March is right around the corner and Daylight Saving Time will soon begin. Winter and early spring storms often cause power outages. Your local power company will resolve many of these power outages, but more often than not, the power outage can cause home electrical problems. You can protect your electrical system before a major storm to prevent the need for emergency electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

Protecting Your Electrical System During A Storm

Although you may experience many storms in your lifetime, it only takes one storm to damage your electrical system, appliances, electrical wiring, wall outlets and other electrical gadgets in your home. Another problem can occur if lightening strikes.
According to the National Geographic, lightening can travel phone lines and electrical wiring. You should unplug appliances and never use the phone when lightening or a thunderstorm is near. Your washer and dryer is a triple threat because it has electrical wiring, plumbing and a vent that connects it to the outside. Most people don’t go around unplugging appliances but caution should be taken if a storm is close. Turning the power off at the circuit breaker or using a good surge protector can help.  Surge Protectors do not protect against direct lightening strikes.

Types of Surge Protectors

• Surge Arrester – This is a whole-house system that is installed in or near a home’s main electric service panel and offers protection against voltage surges up to 20,000 volts (such as a lightning strike).
• Surge Suppressor – This surge protection device is a power strip that can handle up to 6,000 volts. A surge suppressor protects only the electrical equipment that is plugged into it.
Both types of surge protectors will also protect your appliances from electrical surges as the electricity is turned back on.

Emergency Electrical Services in Northern Kentucky

Most people who experience a power outage will begin to wonder if their neighbors are experiencing the same thing. They will either look across the street to see if lights are on or they’ll call their neighbor down the road. If you notice your neighborhood has lost power and then when it comes back on you still have no power, you may want to call for 24 hour a day emergency electrical service. You may also notice that the power is back on but one or more of your appliances are not working properly. This type of damage should be considered serious and an electrician should investigate to make sure your home is safe. For your safety and the safety of your family, you are better off erring on the side of precaution and having an electrical inspection to make sure there is no potential for house fires later on. For electrical repairs and service, call your electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Winter Weather Tips From Your Electrician

winter weather tips from your electricianThe danger of winter weather varies from county to county across the United States. Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have the possibility of knocking out heat, power and communications.  Check your weather in Northern Kentucky often to be aware of the possible conditions. Dangerously low temperatures; freezing rain, ice and sleet can cause horrific driving conditions too. Here are a few winter weather tips from your electrician.

Don’t Travel During Snow Storms

Stay indoors during winter storms. If you must travel avoid back roads and shortcuts. Don’t travel alone if possible and make sure your friends and family know where you’re going and the route you are taking. Don’t rely on cell phones during winter storms.

Use Caution Shoveling Snow

Take caution to walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks and driveways. Don’t overexert yourself when you’re shoveling snow. Go slow, move small amounts of snow at a time and use extreme caution. Heart attacks are a major cause of death in the winter. Keep dry and change out of your wet clothes often. Dry clothes insulate better and hold the heat in.

Avoid Frostbite

Dress warmly and keep your body, fingers and toes covered and dry.  Frostbite occurs when the skin and body tissue under the skin freezes. Loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance on fingers, toes, earlobes and your face can be seen. Cover the skin without rubbing it and seek medical attention if you suspect frostbite.

Avoid Hypothermia

Dangerously low body temperature, uncontrollable shaking, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion are signs of hypothermia. If you suspect hypothermia, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, seek medical attention immediately. Wrap the person in warm clothes and blankets and give warm drinks until help arrives. Hypothermia requires medical attention so seek help immediately.

Use Alternative Heaters Wisely

If using kerosene heaters make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Refuel the heater outside and keep the heater away from flammables. Lower your thermostat to conserve fuel and close off vents to rooms that are not in use. If you are going away, turn your thermostat down but no lower than 55 degrees.

Winter Weather Tips From Your Electrician

Many times during a severe winter storm, you might experience power outages. These are often due to downed trees, ice and wind. Occasionally you may need to hire an electrician to handle repairs in your house or on your property. If you need assistance with electrical repairs this winter, call an electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons electric.

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Space Heater Safety

space heater safetyMany people resort to using space heaters to keep warm in the winter. They work great and do a good job when they are used properly. Unfortunately many people don’t know enough about using a space heater to keep them safe. According to a NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) report in 2013, over half the deaths caused by heater related fires resulted from improper use of space heaters. Here are a few precautions to help you use Space Heaters Wisely.

It Matters Where You Place Your Space Heater

One of the leading causes of space heater fires results from space heaters being placed to close to combustible items or items that burn easily. Keep your space heater away from combustible storage items and cleaning supplies. Don’t put your space heater too close to upholstered furniture, bedding, clothes or mattresses. Keep children and pets away from your heater and teach them to avoid it .

Combustion Space Heaters

Space heaters come in 2 types, those you plug in and those that operate with combustible propane or kerosene. Combustion heaters should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Because they give off carbon monoxide fumes, they should never be used in enclosed areas. Even tents and other outdoor situations don’t create enough ventilation to make using a combustion heater safe. They can get extremely hot and can ignite combustible items quickly.

Electric Space Heaters

Electric Space heaters can be used indoors. There are several different kinds of electric space heaters. Small space heaters are ideal for rooms around 100 sq. feet (about 10×10). They can have metal coils or ceramic encased wires. They normally have 2 settings and can operate on 1000 watts or 1500 watts. Some have oscillating fans to spread the heat over a larger area. Larger rooms are best kept warm with convection units or electric radiators because they are quieter and don’t use a fan. They can come in upright designs or baseboard heaters.

Do Space Heaters Save You Money?

Space Heaters that run off electric are more expensive to run than other heaters. The only way you can save money using a space heater is if you turn the thermostat down in other areas of the house to offset the use of the electric. This works well if you spend the majority of your time in a single room or you have a home office or workshop you need to keep warm.

Space Heater Safety – Use Space Heaters Wisely

Newer Space heaters are safer. They have grills to protect you from burns, safety thermostats that turn off when it’s too hot or the space heater tips over.   Heaters for bathrooms and wet areas need to be rated for damp areas to avoid causing electrical shorts.

Space Heaters require a lot of electrical current. The cords can become hot. Don’t use an extension cord and never run the heater cord under a rug or furniture where a fire might get started. If you have to use an extension cord make sure it is rated for the load your heater has.

Be careful when you choose to use a space heater. Place it away from anything that will burn and use precaution.

If you have any safety concerns about your heating system or electrical system, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you. Don’t put up with annoying electrical problems when you have trusted electricians only a phone call away.

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Hiring an Electrician in Northern Kentucky

electrician in Northern KentuckyWorking with an electrician in Northern Kentucky should be a good experience. No one wants to work with a company that doesn’t provide professional service and send out trained employees who are easy to get along with. Here are a few things to consider when you are hiring an electrician in Northern Kentucky.

Pick Your Electrical Contractor Wisely

Not every job should be done by an amateur; working with electricity is a good example. When you need to replace wiring or install new wiring, there are many things you need to consider that might not be what you are used to thinking about. A professional electrician can provide you with safe electrical repairs and installations that meet building codes and will pass building and fire inspections the first time. If you are looking for a Northern Kentucky electrician, pick a company that has a good reputation and is licensed and insured.

Get a Good Estimate Up Front

If you are planning a remodeling project or need a new installation, make sure you get a good estimate. If a product hasn’t been chosen, say the light fixtures, for example, then there should be an estimate or an allowance for those items. This gives you the homeowner wiggle room to pick the fixtures of your choice. You will also know, up front if you want something more expensive how much it will cost you. Having a good estimate allows you to plan better and eliminates surprises.

Know Who Your Working With

If you are hiring an electrician in Northern Kentucky, you will be working with the company and it’s employees for possibly a long time. You need to know in advance that the company you hire has qualified employees who are trained and professional at what they do. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have master electricians on every project along with an apprentice to help. They are experts in their field, licensed and insured so that you don’t have to worry. Because Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a locally owned, family run business you can depend on them to give you excellent personal service. Their reputation depends on it. You can depend on them to show up on time and get the job done to your satisfaction.

Hiring an Electrician in Northern Kentucky

If you need an electrical contractor for residential or commercial electrical work, you can depend on the trusted name of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. Call today for all your electrical repairs and installations.

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Automatic Home Standby Generators

standby generator

Most people in the United States depend on electricity every day. We use electric for heating, cooling, cooking, and more. So when the power goes out, it can cause more than just a nuisance. For people on home medical equipment, it can be life threatening. Good new is that it doesn’t have to be. You can protect you and your family 24/7 with an automatic home standby generator.

Power Outages

Winter storms, high winds, lightening or downed power lines are a few of the causes of power outages. Whatever the cause, power outages are a serious nuisance. Not only is it an inconvenience, but you can also lose thousands of dollars due to spoiled food, lost computer files or water damage. Not to mention not being able to cook or see what you’re doing.

Automatic Home Standby Generators

An automatic home standby generator automatically switches on when the power goes down. It is constantly monitoring your house’s power and activates when it senses concern. Unlike most generators, you don’t have to be home to turn it on and your don’t have to poor gas in, hoping the thing runs because you haven’t used it in so long.

Peace Of Mind – You Will Never Lose Power

With an automatic home standby generator, you can relax knowing you or your loved ones will stay warm during cold winter weather. Your pipes won’t freeze because of a loss of power. All your electrical appliances, including your refrigerator and freezer will remain working, so you don’t have to worry about spoiled food. If you have medical equipment that requires electricity, you can rest assured you will not have an interruption. Things like your sump pump and other equipment will continue to work and protect you from flooding. There are many reasons why having a standby generator can give you peace of mind and prevent the difficulties power outages cause.

If you have questions about a standby generator, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are a full service electric repair company that handles all electric work and installations.

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolutionSetting New Year’s Resolutions has been a tradition for many years. In fact the tradition dates back as far as the ancient Babylonians who made promises to their gods at the start of each new year. They would promise to return items they borrowed and pay back debts. The Romans began each year making promises to the god Janus and that is why the first month in the calendar year is January. Traces of the tradition of setting a New Year’s Resolution continued, through the Middle Ages and on.

Judaism and The New Year

During Rosh Hashanah and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) Jewish people reflect upon their actions over the year and seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness to others. This is similar to personal reflection and promises made during the lent season.

Reflecting Upon Self Improvement – New Year’s Resolutions

New year’s Resolutions involve many aspects of life. Physically you may want to exercise more, eat less or start walking a mile each day. Mentally you may decide to smile more often or quit being negative. You may want to improve your career or finances. The decision to volunteer more, pray more often or take a trip is a common goal for the New Year. Deciding to remodel your home or settle down and get married may be on your list too.

Decisions To Take Care of You and Your loved Ones Better

You may decide to make changes to your life or to better the lives of your loved ones. Having an electrician who can help keep you and your family safe is one idea. You can call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric to get a safety audit to make sure your home’s electric is safe and the wiring won’t cause an electrical fire. You may also decide to upgrade your electrical services in the New Year. If you have any questions or need your electrician’s assistance, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Finding An Electrician At Christmas

finding an electrician at Christmas TimeMerry Christmas from your friends at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We are thankful to be able to offer you electric repairs and installations by our dedicated staff.  We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!  We know that you are looking forward to the Holiday Weekend as much as we are.  Enjoying time with your family and friends is what makes Christmas time special each year.  If you need an Electrician at Christmas time, we will be happy to help you.

Family Celebrations

There are always lots of family celebrations and parties this time of year.  Spending time seeing family you don’t get to see often and enjoying laughter around the dinner table is a treat for people of all ages.  It never fails during busy times when your house is full of guests that the unexpected happens.  Your oven quits working or your electric goes out.  We don’t want to leave you in the dark over the holidays or hungry with nothing to eat.  If you are having electric problems, give us a call.

Christmas Lights

During the holidays, enjoy the Christmas lights.  There are so many different light shows and celebrations around the greater Cincinnati area.  You can stop by Fountain Square to ice skate or enjoy the lights on Newport on the Levee.  We hope you and your family will take time to enjoy the holidays and spending time together.

Finding an Electrician at Christmas Time

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, your Northern Kentucky electricians will be busy.  This is one of the busiest times of year.  With all the extra company and extra food preparation, you may find you need to call for electrical repairs.  Don’t worry though, you can depend on the reliable service of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for all your electrical repairs or installations.  Call today and we will be happy to help you.  Merry Christmas!

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Electric Gadgets Changing the Way We Do Life

electric gadgetsWith today’s technology, many people are enjoying the conveniences of modern electric gadgets and smart home electronics. Here are a few areas where we see some high performance, easy innovations that are revolutionizing the way we do life.

Home Lighting

Wireless LED bulbs, smart lighting and home lighting apps allow you to control the lighting in your home like never before. Automated shades and blinds allow you to control the sunlight and the use of natural lighting.

Home Security

When it comes to home security, you can easily install a system that will give you the high tech appearance of a fortress. Home security systems are becoming more reasonably priced each year and the technology to install remote controlled cameras and watch your home from any smart device has made home security easier than ever.

Programmable Thermostats

Home control automation allows more control over our energy use and the cost of heating or cooling your home. These devices work with or without your home automation device to allow you more control over more aspects of your home at once.

Home Audio

Listening to music is simple with Bluetooth audio, wireless speakers or home theatre surround sound. Listen to the music you want when you want. Whole house systems allow you to enjoy music as you move through the house or for when you want to entertain a whole house of guests.

Home Theatre Systems

The idea of turning your home into a cinema or creating the sounds and effects of a real cinema is more popular than ever. Seating has come a long way to capture the atmosphere. Surround sound and smart TV’s are also developing to make your home theatre better than ever. You can enjoy programming or stream movies or the Internet on your big screen TV.

Modern Electric Gadgets

This time of year, more than ever, you may find yourself needing the help of an electrician to wire your house for your new electric gadgets. Dedicated circuits or upgrades can help you enjoy the modern technology. For all your electric repairs or installations, call your electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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Bathroom Remodeling Trends in 2014

bathroom remodeling trends in 2014Bathroom remodeling trends in 2014 include many new plumbing and light fixture innovations to help you create a relaxing place to bathe and indulge your senses. No longer is the bathroom a room of necessity, with today’s trends, you can create a relaxing spa atmosphere to enjoy every day of the year. Here are a few of the trends we think you will enjoy:

Glamorous lighting –

Dim recessed lighting for ambiance, crystal chandeliers for elegance and an array of lighting choices anywhere in between helps create the ambiance and interior design you’ve dreamed about.  Colored lights also play a role in room setting and chromotherapy (the use of light and colors to promote mood).

Remote Control –

Sit back and relax with remote control TV, Stereos and window treatments. All the modern conveniences for the bathroom, at the touch of a button can be yours. Along with the large tubs and jetted tubs, people are enjoying adding extras to the bathroom like remote control electric fireplaces and refrigerated medicine cabinets.

Bold Bright Colors –

Tile is taking on a whole new look. Glass, metal and nature inspired tiles are replacing the traditional tile and stone tile of the last decade.

Multi-head showers and smart showers –

Enjoy steam jetted to every part of your body. Some showers use a digital format to dial up the exact operating speed and velocity you desire.

In floor heat –

Nothing is more spa like than a warm bathroom and nothing makes a bathroom warmer and more cozy than in floor heating.

Bathroom Remodeling Trends in 2014

No matter how you decide to remodel your bathroom this year, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you achieve the look you’re interested in. With all the new gadgets and advances in technology for the bathroom, you will find hiring an electrical company you can depend on to do your electrical work in the bathroom will ensure your bathroom is safe, up to code and doesn’t blow a fuse or burn the house down. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we are happy to help you with all your electrical needs including adding new fixtures, outlets and upgrades. No job is too big, or too small. Call today and we will be happy to help you!

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