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Why You Should Regularly Clean Your Stove and Oven

The kitchen is the center of the home. It is a place where families come together and share a meal. Preparing and cooking food is not a quick act, so it is no wonder why people spend so much time in this area of the home. With daily traffic and use, it is easy for the area to accumulate messes. Food remnants, grime, and dirt can not only hinder the appearance of the room, but can affect the health of your family. It is necessary to frequently clean the appliances, to ensure you are making your meals in a hygienic space. It is very important to pay attention to the condition of your stove, as this is where your food is cooked. Any filth on the surface can be transferred onto the food you serve your family. Routine stove maintenance is essential to eliminate any risk of contamination and break-downs, this can be prevent but if it does happen then who do you call? Appliance repairs in Edmonton is a good suggestion! Another benefit is that the lifespan of your appliance will be extended as well. Cleaning the range on a regular basis will allow it to stay in working order for a longer period of time.

If any spills occur on the stovetop as you are cooking, it is a good idea to clean them as soon as possible. While the mess is still warm, use a damp paper towel or sponge to soak up the mess. This practice will prevent the spill from drying and hardening on the stove, which would be more difficult to clean. However, life can get in the way of wiping up any spills the moment they occur. For dried on food spots, a little elbow grease will be necessary as well as a sponge and warm water mixed with either dishwashing liquid or a 50-50 solution of vinegar. A gentle all-purpose cleaner will also do the trick, but it is important not to use any abrasive chemicals as they can leave tiny nicks on the surface.

A grime covered window not only looks unsightly but it can reduce the efficiency of your stove as well. If you have to repeatedly open up the door to check your food, then you are letting heat escape and lowering the temperature inside the oven, which causes it to not perform at the optimal level. The combination of baking soda and a damp cloth will help make the window spotless and easy to peer into. For any food baked on, a plastic ice scraper will work, but avoid using metal tools on the glass.

Stove maintenance should also include the stove parts too. The vent fan is great at removing smoke or steam, but a buildup of grease can occur in the filter. Routinely clean the filter every few months to prevent an excessive accumulation. Burners, grids, and panel control knobs can be soaked in warm soapy water to eliminate anything stuck on the surface. To achieve a sanitary space to cook your food, routine stove upkeep is imperative.

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What Are Dedicated Circuits, and Do You Need Them?

Dedicated circuits are reserved for a certain purpose, and have a circuit breaker of their very own in the electrical box. It is intended to be used by only one appliance at a time. The circuits are dedicated to that appliance because no other appliances will be plugged into it or draw energy from the circuit. Relying on dedicated circuits can certify that major appliances that attract a high amount of electrical current, have access to the energy that they require to function. This also eliminates any worries of overloading the system, tripping a circuit breaker, or blowing a fuse. When an appliance draws an excessive amount of current than the circuit can manage, it can lead to the wire insulation overheating. Overheating causes the wire to degrade, so each time it occurs the problem worsens. This situation can then progress to a complete breakdown which has the possibility of resulting in an electrical fire. The longevity of the appliance is also affected if it does not have access to sufficient amperage for operating. Dedicated circuits are able to protect your appliances, your home, and your family.

It is required by the National Electrical Code that all fixed appliances run on separate dedicated circuits that are not communal with any other appliance. This is a preventative measure to keep machines that feed on large amounts of energy from overloading the circuit, as each one can only handle a certain limit of electrical draw. To evenly distribute the power consumption in your home, there are many appliances required to use dedicated circuits. Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation equipment should have their own circuit. All of the traditional kitchen necessities such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves, and dishwashers are included in this requirement as well. Washers and dryers are also large energy sinks so they need dedicated circuits too. Smaller appliances can also use a lot of power so if you frequently have multiple devices operating on the same circuit, it would be a smart idea to upgrade to dedicated circuits. These small appliances include toasters, microwaves, hair dryers, vacuums, water heaters, and power tools. Not every plug-in device requires it, but a good rule of thumb is that if it has a motor it customarily needs to have its own circuit. Lights that dim for no reason and having to routinely reset tripped circuit breakers are two signs that your home would benefit from adding a couple more dedicated circuits. If these problems occur with dedicated circuits, this can indicate a wiring issue that will need to be inspected and corrected by a professional.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can help with a wide assortment of electrical issues ranging from residential repairs to commercial and industrial installations. We understand the safety concerns that electrical complications pose, which is why we work to solve and repair the underlying issue correctly the first time.  While other electricians can offer a quick-fix, we provide a permanent solution. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Do You Need a New Microwave?

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Almost every household in America has a microwave. Whether it’s used for cooking, heating up leftovers, or even sanitizing a dirty sponge, it just makes life easier. If your microwave isn’t working as well as it did when you bought it, it might be time for a new one. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, we want to give you the information that you need to decide whether you do need a new microwave. With 25 years of experience, our electricians are very skilled and well-trained in all areas, including commercial, industrial, and residential electric construction. If you do need a new one, we can help you figure out which kind will work best for your family and even install it for you.

What are some signs that you need a new microwave? One of the easiest ways to find out if you need a new microwave is to inspect it visually. It isn’t always possible to remove all the germs from your appliance, even if you clean it often. Even a microwave that you just cleaned can appear discolored on the inside. This discoloration can be the result of millions of food particles left behind over years of use. Even though yours works well, that does not necessarily mean you should still be using it. A new microwave can keep your family safer from food contaminants.

From a studio apartment all the way to a five-star restaurant, kitchens come in all sizes. If you have a smaller kitchen that can’t handle a bulky, old microwave, it may be time to look for a new one. Nothing kills counter space more than a large microwave on a small countertop. When you make the right choice in partnering with Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction, you can be confident that you are only getting the best! Our electricians will discuss all the available options for your new microwave, including the best location and height to install it. We will even install it for you.

If you are planning to purchase a new home, that may also be a sign that it is time for a new microwave. Rather than bringing the old one from your previous apartment, get a brand new one that can use less energy and save you money in the long run. You can also pick one that matches the style you want to achieve in your new kitchen, rather than styling your new kitchen to match your old appliance.

Whether you just need your old appliance replaced or you are remodeling your kitchen and want to have a microwave installed over your stove rather than setting one on the counter, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you get the job done. Our electricians are experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly, so you can be sure you are getting the best products and service. We are located in Walton, KY, and we are proud to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to get your estimate!

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6 Ways To Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

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

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

We Can Help Lower Your Electric Bill!

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

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Tips For Spring Energy Savings

tips for spring energy savingsTips for Spring Energy Savings go hand in hand with normal spring-cleaning. By taking a few extra minutes to think about energy efficiency and what small changes you can do to increase your energy savings, you’ll be ready for spring in no time. Here are a few home maintenance tips to get you started.

Ceiling Fans

Today I started my spring-cleaning with my ceiling fans. Not my favorite job I have to admit.   One of the first things I do each spring is make sure my fans are working properly. This includes changing the direction of the airflow so that warm air is drawn up. This helps cool the room and ensures constant air flow. Having dust free fans not only helps with air quality but also helps your fans work better and last longer.

HVAC Units

Make sure you have your HVAC unit serviced if you haven’t done so. Some things you can do yourself like changing filters. This does not replace the need for a routine maintenance to ensure your air conditioner is ready for the new season. Clean around the outdoor units as well to remove debris and leaves leftover from fall.

Windows and Doors

Now is a great time to make sure your windows and doors have no leaks. Keep the track around your sliding glass door clean to prevent leaks in the seal of the window. Consider purchasing new window treatments or drapes to help keep the cool air inside this spring and summer. This can save you a lot on your heating and cooling bill.

Exhaust Fans

With the warmer weather comes the need for more showers. Make sure you have a good working fan in your bathroom and use it the recommended amount of time. Adding a timer to the fan will ensure you and your guest leave it running for 15 min. after each shower. Attic ventilation is equally important if not more so. An attic ventilation system will draw cool air up through the house. This can replace running the air conditioner during mild weather and runs at a fraction of the cost. Attic ventilation can also lower your heating bill in the winter.

Refrigerators and Appliances

As part of your spring home maintenance, clean the coils around your refrigerator and remove pet hair and dust from appliances. Air should be able to circulate freely around condenser coils. This will help your electric appliances to work more efficiently and lower your electric bill while helping ensure your appliance lasts the full life expectancy. Refrigerators use over 10% of your household energy. That’s quite a lot when you think about it. Make sure your refrigerator is in good working condition and has a good seal to lock in the cold. Whenever you purchase a new appliance or air conditioner make sure it is energy efficient and has the energy star seal.  Look for frayed chords and small appliances that need repaired or replaced and go ahead and make the switch.

Tips For Spring Energy Savings

If you have questions about our tips for spring energy savings or you would like a home energy audit to determine areas where you can save money, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We do electrical maintenance and repairs if you need them.  We also do electrical upgrades and installations.

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How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

how to save on utilities this winterWe’d like to show you how to save on your Utilities this winter. If you haven’t already had an energy assessment, now may be a good time to call your electrician in Northern Kentucky to see how efficient your home is. You might be surprised to learn there are many ways to cut utility costs this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Open all south facing window coverings to allow the sun to warm your house naturally in the daytime.
  • Cover drafty windows with tight fitting plastic. Select energy efficient window treatments the next time you replace your blinds or shades. Consider installing storm windows, which can save you 25% to 50% on heat loss through your windows.
  • Set your thermostat to the lowest setting you can tolerate during the day. Wear warm clothing to stay warm. At night lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees more for savings of up to 10%.
  • Seal Leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk. Find and seal leaks around pipes, gaps around the chimney and fireplace, gaps around recessed lights, and leaks in the unfinished spaces in cupboards and closets.

Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Home For Winter

Fall maintenance is a preventative way to prepare your home for winter and avoid winter time home repairs.  Your HVAC technician will make sure your heating system is clean and well lubricated: filters and vents that need changed or cleaned will be taken care of. Now is a good time to inspect the furnace, chimney, ducts and pipes for leaks, cracks or needed repairs. Insulate pipes, sweep the chimney, and cover your AC unit to get ready for colder weather.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t have a quality smoke or carbon monoxide detector system, we can help with installation.

The Truth About Fireplaces

If you leave your chimney flue open all the time, you are losing heated air. It’s like having a window open in your home. Close the chimney flue after you’ve had a fire. Traditional fireplaces are not too effective when it comes to heating your house. Unless you have a newer fireplace insert you could be taking warm air from your room and simply sending it up the chimney. A better option to keep some of the heat in is to open a window near by about 1 inch. Close the doors to the room and turn your heat thermostat down to 50 or 55 degrees. This allows more of the heat to come into the room. Traditional fireplaces have been banned from new construction in some places because of the air pollution they cause.  You can save on your utilities by using your fireplace properly, adding a new insert or closing the flue between uses.  For more information visit the Energy.gov website about fireplaces and fireplace inserts.

A Simple Step To Save Electricity

One of the easiest ways you can save on electricity is by turning appliances off when you’re not using them. It is estimated over 3.5 billion dollars are wasted because most people leave computers and other appliances plugged in when they’re not in use. Using a power strip is the easiest way to save electricity from being used this way. Simply turn the power strip off when you’re not using the computer or appliance. This one simple step can save on your electric bill.

Replace Older Appliances

It is no coincidence that older houses and appliances use more energy. If you are wondering how to save on your Utilities this winter, consider upgrading your electricity or replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient products. You’ll see savings right away.

How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

If you are concerned about how to save on your Utilities this winter, contact Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and ask about ways you can ensure your electrical system is working properly and not wasting energy. A programmable thermostat may be an option that will help you keep your heating temperature under control. We would love to help you find ways to lower your heating costs and electric utilities. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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