All posts tagged electrical

Start The New Year With An Energy Audit

 

 

energy audit

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions centers on gaining better control of your finances, you might want to start the New Year right by calling for an energy audit. Now I know that anytime you hear finance and audit in the same sentence, you immediately jump to taxes and an IRS audit. But this time, that’s not what I am talking about. Get better control of your budget this winter by calling your local electrician for an energy audit or electrical system inspection.

Signs That a Home Energy Audit is Needed

  • If you walk through your home and feel drafts
  • If your floor feels cold in the winter
  • If your electric bills are high
  • If there are pockets of heat or cold as you walk your home 
  • If lights flicker or switches aren’t working properly

What is a Home Energy Audit?

A trained professional will utilize specialized equipment to evaluate the heating and cooling efficiency of a home or business. The goal of the audit will be reducing energy costs while maintaining or improving the comfort of the building occupants. An energy audit usually consists of three main areas of scrutiny; the building envelope, the mechanical systems, and user behavior.

Building Envelope

When mailed, a letter is protected by an envelope. Your home’s envelope refers to ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, and skylights, or basically the physical structures that separate the interior of your home from the exterior environment. During an energy audit, each element of the envelope will be assessed for how well it resists heat loss and the element will be assigned an R-value. A higher R-value indicates better heat retention or efficient insulation properties. The EPA, through their Energy Star Program, publishes a schedule of recommended R-values based upon locality. Tax Credits are available for improvements made to existing homes. If an element of the building envelope receives an R-value that is below the recommended value, the auditor can make suggestions on ways to improve heat retention.

Mechanical Systems

The second area of scrutiny in an energy audit will be the efficiency of operation provided by the mechanical systems that heat and cool your home. In other words, the auditor will look at your heater, air conditioner, and thermostat and assess them for physical condition, programming and efficiency of operation. If deficiencies are found, the auditor will provide recommendations to increase the efficiency of the mechanical systems.  If new HVAC equipment is necessary your electrician can wire the system correctly to avoid an electrical hazard.  Rose Brothers and Sons also correct faulty wiring to help reduce problems with your HVAC system.

User Behavior  

An area that we as consumers of energy typically overlook is how our behavior affects the energy efficiency of our home. Do you turn off lights when you leave a room? Do you typically keep some interior doors closed? Do you have a programmable thermostat that allows adjustment of temperature based upon time of day and occupancy? After all, why heat or cool to the level of comfort of occupants if the occupants aren’t home. In addition, studies have shown that reducing the temperature of the room you sleep in is conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Audit Recommendations

Following an energy audit your home will be given a report card. Common recommendations include;

  • increase insulation in walls, ceilings, or basements
  • repair or replace inefficient windows
  • installing weather stripping
  • repair or replace inefficient furnace
  • Correct ductwork issues
  • Fix electrical wiring

 

Rose Brothers & Sons can help you meet your New Years Resolution to conserve energy and meet budgeting goals. For service or repair of your electrical systems or for an electrical system inspection, call today.

Top

Electrical Safety and The Winter Holidays

 electrical safety 

As the holidays come into full swing, it is traditionally a festive and great time of the year with visits from friends and family. Unfortunately, statistics have shown that house fires and electrical accidents increase during this time. Don’t fret though! These electrical safety steps can be taken to reduce the chance of these accidents occurring in your home this season!

Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Space Heater Safety– As the temperature continues to drop during the winter season, space heaters may become a convenient source of heat in your home. However, if not used properly, they have a risk of fire and electrical shock. When buying your space heater, it is important to first read the instructions and warning labels carefully before using. Make sure to inspect your heater for any defects such as broken plugs or loose connections also. Only use your space heater when you are actually in the room in which it is in use. A critical element of space heaters is their placement; be sure to keep yours at least three feet away from anything that can burn and on a flat surface. Also, plug space heater directly into a wall outlet, not using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Holiday Cooking Safety– During this time of year, many families bond over food which means that the kitchen is used a lot during this season. Sadly, the kitchen is home to many accidents during this time as well. It is important to never leave your cooking equipment unattended when it is on. You can also prevent fires by ensuring that your stove is clean. It can also be helpful to relieve your cooking area of any towels, napkins, or anything that could catch fire.

 

  • Holiday Decorating  Electrical Safety– During this time of year, many decorate their homes for the holidays. While these decorations enhance this season, sadly, they also increase the change of fires and electrical accidents if not properly used. Before decorating, it can be helpful to be aware of where available electrical outlets are located and decorate accordingly. Do not overload outlets with too many decorations as it can overheat and cause a fire. It is also important to never connect more than three strands of lights together when decorating. Do not damage the cord’s insulation by leaving it in a location where it might be pinched. Always turn off your indoor and/or outdoor decorations before leaving or going to sleep.

 

Hopefully these tips help lower your risk of fire or electrical accidents this holiday season. However, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. We have been serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas for over 45 years. If you find yourself in a risky situation, please do not hesitate to contact us for an emergency electrical repair!

 

Top

What Causes Power Surges In A Home?

what causes power surges in a home

A power surge is defined as “an unexpected, temporary increase in the current or voltage of an electrical circuit.” This current increase can be compared to the rush of water that occurs when a dam breaks, and it can be just as damaging. But instead of destroying buildings or trees, it can wipe out anything that uses electricity.  So, what causes power surges in a home?

Causes of Home Electrical Power Surges

Lightning – A lightning strike is by far the most spectacular cause of power surges. It is also one of the most predictable. If you hear thunder or know a storm is approaching, you can take precautions to protect your electronics.

Blackout or intentional power outage – Blackouts occur when too much power is being used at the same time and the grid shuts down. Utility companies occasionally turn off the electricity to entire areas to do maintenance. These two situations don’t actually cause a power surge. It’s the return of electricity afterward that can cause a surge.

Downed utility lines or switching grids – A utility line being damaged or destroyed can send power surges through other operational lines and into your home. If the electric company has to change grids to accommodate usage in a certain area, an electric surge may occur.

Large appliances – This type of surge is minimal and limited to your home. When an appliance that requires a larger amount of electricity shuts off, a small surge may occur and affect more sensitive components.

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges

The best way to protect yourself from home electrical power surges is with surge protection devices. Two types are available. The first one is a surge protector that plugs into your outlet and protects only the devices plugged into it. While effective against some surges, this type will not hold up against extremely strong currents, leaving your electronics susceptible to damage. A quality plug-in surge protector can cost anywhere from $20 to over $100, so don’t use them on items that are inexpensive to replace.

The second type is a whole-house surge protector that is installed at the electric panel. It senses electrical spikes and sends them to the ground instead of allowing them into your home. Whole-house surge protectors are hard-wired into your electric panel and should be installed by a licensed electrician. Many surge protection companies offer warranties against damage when their products are used.

Because larger appliances can cause electrical surges when they power down, avoid plugging sensitive electronics – like a TV or DVD player – into the same circuit as a refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, or air-conditioner.

When you hear thunder or know a storm is on the way, unplug computers, home entertainment systems, and small appliances before lightning strikes. If your power goes out, turn off or unplug electronics and wait a few minutes after the power comes back on before using them.

Rose Brothers & Sons provides electric repairs and installation in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, and is qualified to install surge protection in your home.  Call today, if you need more information about what causes power surges in a home.

 

 

Top

New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati

new construction electricians

Building a new home is a huge undertaking. That is why it is important to have knowledgeable experts whom you can trust walking you through the new construction electrical process. The professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will provide you with that expertise along with ensuring that your personal needs for your home are met. Our expert new construction electricians will be with you every step of the way making sure that your project is completed the way that you had envisioned. We know that you have a lot invested in your home and want to make sure that your vision comes to fruition.

Call the experienced professionals at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for all of your New Construction Electrical needs in the Cincinnati area. You can rely on their expertise and customer service to guide you through the process.

Services  New Construction Electricians Provide:

  • Electrical Construction
  • New Building Electrical
  • New Construction Wiring
  • New Construction Electricians
  • New Construction Electrical Repairs
  • New Construction Electrical Estimates
  • Commercial Electrical Build-outs

New Construction Services Provided in the Following Areas:

All of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, Williamstown

New Construction Electricians – Why Choose Us?

Whether you need a New Construction Electricians in Cincinnati, an Electrical Contractor or have other electrical needs Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We look forward to partnering with you on your new construction project and becoming your preferred electrician.

Our first priority at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is to treat you and your home with the utmost respect. You can trust that we will enter and leave your home as if it were our own. We take pride in our New Construction work and want your experience throughout the process to be a positive one. Our trained experts will deliver not only a service to you and your family but an enjoyable New Construction experience.

All of our Cincinnati electricians have many years of experience in New Construction. Their on the job experience and professionalism results in high quality work that is completed on time. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and Construction today and find out why numerous other Cincinnati area homeowners choose us for all of their electrical needs.

From beginning to end, the experts at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric work with YOU the customer. We are with you through all parts of the process. We want you to be happy with your home when the project is complete and will make that our goal. We will provide you with quality, on-time, affordable service on all of your electrical projects.

Top

Electrical Repairs On A Newly Purchased Home

electrical repairsFinding your newly purchased home needs electrical repairs can be a nightmare. Unexpected expenses are often part of purchasing an older home and should be considered normal but with seller disclosures and a good home inspection, the electrical repairs you need should be limited to things you were aware of or items that have broken after the home inspection. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, we can help with all your electrical repairs. We cannot give you legal advice. A good attorney will be able to help you understand real estate laws and who is liable for electrical repairs. Here are a few things for you to consider:

Did Your Have A Home Inspection

Most realtors will urge you to have a home inspection if the house is an older house and even if it is new construction. A home inspection is designed to prevent you from purchasing a home and later finding out there are costly repairs you were unaware of. If you choose to skip the home inspection to save a little money, you are more than likely going to have to pay for the electrical repairs. If you feel that the seller knew about the problem and failed to disclose it, you may need to contact a good attorney.

Was The House Sold “As Is”

Wording in the purchase contract may be stated that lets you know you’re buying the home the way it is. If “As Is” wording exists, then you are more than likely responsible for repairs to the home. If you feel that the seller misrepresented the home or failed to disclose the extent of the needed repairs, you should check with your attorney to see if anything can be done about it. A seller who purposely misrepresented the home can be charged with fraud in some cases.

Were The Repairs Obvious

Another thing to consider when determining who is responsible for electrical repairs to a home you recently purchased is to determine if the problem was obvious or not. What this means is that if you could have found out about the problem by simply turning the lights on, then the courts will often assume you should have known about the electrical problems and you will be responsible for electrical repairs.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you with all electrical repairs you need. We service the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Call today for an estimate or electrical inspection and we will be happy to help.

Top

Choosing the Right Electrical Contractor

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

Questions To Ask

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

Things to Be Aware Of

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

Choosing The Right Electrical Contractor

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

Top

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.

Top

Questions to Ask Your Electrician

Hiring the right electrician is much more than simply looking for the right professional to do the work affordably and professionally. These are some of the  questions you need to ask your electrician before you consider cost and estimates.

Do you have a license?

Before you ask any other question, you should ask to see a copy of their license. These professional have different types of licenses for different works. Electricians that are certified by state are at the top of the profession while county and regional professionals can only work in some places and are restricted to certain tasks only.  Is this a master electrician or a journeyman?  Hiring someone to do the job only to find it was not up to code or done incorrectly will end up costing you more in the long run with rewiring or electrical mishaps.

Do You Have Insurance?

A contractor that is insured is a safe one. In the event an accident happens during repair or installation, the electrician is going to be responsible for all monetary aspects to the person that is injured on your job.  Also if any damage is done to property, you can rest assured that you and your property are covered.

What are Your Electrician Credentials?

How long have they been in business?  How experienced are they with comparable jobs?  An electrician that is affiliated with the Better Business Bureau or any other union does not prove that they are going to do a good job but it proves that they are loyal to their trade and are up to date and informed of all recent electrical installations and ethical business practices.  References are also a good indication of a company that has satisfied it’s electrical customers.

We would love to answer these and all your electrical questions at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric!

Top

Electrical Wiring Basics

Poor electrical wiring is a dangerous situation. Bad wiring can not only lead to injury, but fires and even death. Working with electricity is a serious undertaking. Even home wiring, were the majority of wires carry a lower voltage than commercial buildings; must be handled with respect and attention to detail. Electricity is literally a life or death situation.

Electrician Slider 1

Besides safety and building/electrical regulations, you should become familiar with three basic components of home wiring. Those three components are the service entry, panel board and branch circuits.

Service Entry

The service entry is the point where the main electrical service line, from the main grid, enters your home. While you routinely check this area for any problems, the service entry is high voltage and should only be worked on by a qualified electrician.

Panel Board:

The panel board, also called the breaker box, is the central hub of your home’s electrical wiring. No matter what the job, from installing a new light switch to wiring in a new appliance, the panel board is where you can ‘flip the breaker’ and make sure the electrical current is off in the area that you are working.

Branch Circuits

Branch circuits are the different areas that are controlled by specific breakers in the panel board. The existence of panel boards and branch circuits allows the electricity to be turned off in certain areas and still be on in others.

The majority of home improvement jobs can be handled by the do-it-yourselfer, but when it comes to electricity, there is a fine line that determines when the professionals should be called in. Any time you are dealing with main power or running new electrical lines, it is time to call the pros. Not only do these types of additions need to be in compliance with safety and electrical codes, but the safety risk is too high to do this job yourself. Certified electricians are trained not only in the codes but in how to safely handle electricity and install/replace equipment as needed the correct way. While hiring an electrician may be the more expensive what to get an electrical job done, it is also the safest way and will allow you to sleep well knowing the job was done right and with safety in mind.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, 260 Old Nicholson Rd., Walton, Kentucky 41094, United States - Phone: (859) 746-9440 Email: rosebroselect@gmail.com
Top
Page 1 of 1