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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. You don’t want to have spent ages looking for the perfect mattress, comparing a Leesa mattress against a casper mattress to have it melt or worse, burn. 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. Many security cameras now come with a gun detection System built in, in order to detect and prevent any gun-related crime. 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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Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

hanging outdoor christmas lightsWith Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s time to talk about electrical safety and hanging outdoor Christmas lights. Many people begin decorating for the holidays during Thanksgiving weekend. Make sure you follow these simple rules from your electrician in Northern Kentucky,  to ensure your holidays don’t include a house fire or electrical repairs.

Choose The Right Decorations

When it comes to buying decorations for outdoors, safety should be first on your list. Make sure you check for a UL rating and that all your decorations are intended for outdoor use. To save on energy and ensure your lights burn cooler, consider buying LED light bulbs and light strings that use energy efficient LED lights.

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

When hanging Christmas lights, make sure you don’t damage the cords with nails or staples. This can produce holes in the wiring that can leave the wires bare or cause the wires to short. Avoid putting too many lights on one extension cord. You can easily overload your circuit with too much electricity being used on one circuit breaker.

You may have noticed your kitchen and bath use GFCI outlets because the electricity is near a water source. This prevents electrocutions. These same outlets should be used with your outdoor lights. Rose Brothers and Sons electric will be happy to help you install the GFCI outlets or extra outlets to help ensure your electrical safety when you are hanging outdoor Christmas lights.

Make sure your lights are clear of doors and other tight areas. Door jams can cut the insulation on your wiring too. Also, keep pets and small children away from the outdoor lights and outlets.

Discard Older Decorations

If you have heirloom decorations that you enjoy, make sure the wiring is new. Older wiring is a hazard. Discard any decorations that need repair. Don’t use frayed or damaged cords.

Use A Timer

Keep your lights on a timer so that they turn off when you’re sleeping. This is safer and will help you save on your electric bill. Lights can be expensive to run.

If you are planning on decorating your house by hanging outdoor Christmas lights, play it safe with these simple suggestions. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric your electrician in Northern Kentucky is here to help with all your electrical needs.

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When to Hire an Electrical Contractor to Remodel Your Home

electrical contractorThere are many things you can do to update and remodel your home. There are also a few things you shouldn’t attempt on your own. An electrical contractor can help you with your electrical rewiring so that you can avoid running into problems. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric are qualified to help with your electricity needs and supply you with the expertise your project requires.

Removing Walls

When it comes to updating an old house, you may be thinking about tearing down walls and changing the basic house layout. There are many things you can do to create more space or make the space you have more useful. Our electrical contractors can help you relocate wiring and install new outlets where you need them. They can ensure the electric is installed to code and safe for your family.

Installing Appliances and New Fixtures

Your Electrical contractor can help you install new appliances and make sure the electrical service is capable of handling the new appliances. They can also help you install ceiling fans and new light fixtures when you remodel your home. Don’t assume you can just plug a new appliance in without considering the circuits and if you are overloading them.

Update Your Electric When You Remodel Your Home

If you have an older home, it may be time to consider some electrical updates. New circuit breaker panels and better electrical wiring can prevent fires and keep your appliances and furnishings safe. You may have problems with keeping your electrical current stable. Blinking lights, irregular current and tripping circuit breakers are just a few of the signs suggesting an electrical upgrade is needed. Your electrical contractor at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will be happy to inspect your electricity and provide you with solutions to correct problems you are having with your electricity.

For all your electrical needs, call Rose Brothers and Sons electric, they will be happy to provide you with professional service at a great price.

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The Benefits of Installing a Spa This Fall

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

Benefits of Installing A Spa

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

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

Easy Installation and Upkeep

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

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

Your Electrician Can Help

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

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