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The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

the one question new homeowners often forget to askThe one question new homeowners often forget to ask the seller is what the utility bills are. This can become a real issue if you are planning your budget and don’t factor in a higher utility bill. Here are a few things you can ask about the home that will help you determine what your utility bill will be and if there is anything you can do to upgrade the wiring or change to make your home more energy efficient.

So, How Much Does The Utility Bill Run Each Month?

Whether you are using natural gas or electric, you can tell how energy efficient the home is by the utility bills. A modern bathroom with heated floors may seem great until you consider the amount of electricity running those heaters costs. There are many items that contribute to the utility bill. This includes things like how many people live in the house and what the appliances are. You have to consider all the aspects of the current user when you start comparing utility costs with what you’re expecting or what you’re used to. This is the one question new homeowners often forget to ask.

Consider Home Energy Efficiency

When you begin looking at ways you can save money on your utility bills, look at all the appliances and see how old they are. The water heater can use a lot of energy and so can the washer and dryer. Consider alternatives to what the existing appliances are. Look around your doors and window for leaks and consider having the air ducts and HVAC system inspected. You may also be able to save money changing the lighting or depending more on natural lighting. Windows can also be a huge factor in how energy efficient your home is. Consider how old the windows are and what the cost of replacing them would be. You might be able to install quality window treatments at the windows to help with insulation and lighting. Finally consider how old the wiring is and ask your electrician if an electrical upgrade would help.

The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re buying a new home. Make sure you ask all the questions you can think of and especially the one question new homeowners often forget to ask. You can save yourself a lot of headaches and extra expenses by asking questions first and planning ahead. If you have questions about your electric or need electrical repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will be happy to help you.

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Wiring Your Restaurant With Lights and Electricity

wiring your restaurant for lights and electricityWiring your restaurant with lights and electricity is an important part of creating the working environment where your restaurant can succeed. At Rose Brothers and Sons Electric we can help you design and install the right lights, outlets and circuitry to ensure your restaurant functions to attract customers, comply with industry standards and keep you, your employees and customers safe. When choosing the energy providers for your eatery, it is always a good idea to compare quotes. If you’re interested, click here to compare business energy.

Creating Ambiance With Lights

Your restaurant will attract customers and create a relaxing atmosphere with the right lights and light fixtures. We can help you determine how many fixtures you need, what type and how bright you want them to be. Restaurant lighting is an important part of the overall design and ambiance of your restaurant. You can create the perfect look and atmosphere to attract the customers you want. Many people prefer a restaurant that creates a relaxing atmosphere and we can help you achieve the right look.

Kitchen Performance

Your restaurant kitchen will work better with the right electrical outlets and circuits to keep your equipment running properly. You cannot afford to have breakers blow or freezers malfunction because you don’t have enough power or need an electrical upgrade. Rose Brothers is experienced in commercial electric design and can make sure your system handles whatever you need it to. From the right amount of power and circuits to the correct lighting for the kitchen, we can make sure your restaurant has the electricity it needs. We can also help you install all the equipment including industrial fans to meet industry codes and standards.

Wiring Your Restaurant with lights and electricity

If you need an electrician for wiring your restaurant, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can get the job done. We are experienced and dependable. When your business depends on the electric and electric equipment you use, you can depend on us. Besides installing restaurant wiring and lights we also do electrical repairs and electrical upgrades. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today for an estimate.

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Properly Labeling Your Circuit Breaker Box

labeling your circuit breaker boxLabeling your circuit breaker box properly may not seem like a big deal. The problem is that in an emergency it can be very important. Most homes in Northern Kentucky don’t have properly labeled circuit breakers. Unless it is a new installation or a new home, over time people have worked on their breaker box and changed or removed labels.

Why Labeling Your Circuit Breaker Box Is Important

Besides being a safety issue, a properly labeled circuit breaker panel is part of the National Electrical Code. This is because in an electrical emergency you want to be able to shut power off to the item or appliance without having to shut power off to the entire system. If you wanted to shut off the circuit breaker to your dryer, would it take a few seconds or a half hour? If you have a problem with one of your appliances or electrical devices, it is important to keep you and your family safe that the circuit breaker can be found quickly.

How To Label Your Circuit Breaker Box

A well-labeled circuit breaker box has stickers with one item on it. These stickers can be replaced without scratching off an item or trying to write over it. It is uniform and easy to read. If you need help labeling your circuit breaker box, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you run through your circuit breakers and label your box properly. If you get into a situation where you have to turn off all electricity, you will end up being without power until an electrician arrives to figure it out. This could end up costing extra for time sorting through your circuit breakers during off hours

Electrical Inspections and Circuit Breaker Repair

If you would like to have an inspection of your electrical system or need electrical repairs, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric will be happy to help you. We are a full service electrical company with master electricians available for every electrical job. If you need a dependable, experienced electrician, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Home Renovations – Working With Your Electrician

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tools and accessories for home renovation on an architectural drawing

When it comes to home renovations, you need to hire an experienced electrician. Poor electrical work is unsafe and can cost you money. Improper electrical wiring can cause appliances to malfunction or need repairs. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can provide you with professional electrical work. We provide service that is affordable and always up to code.

Moving Into A New House

If you’re like most people, when you move into a new house there are a few things you want to change or add. Maybe your new house doesn’t need a complete renovation but just a few light fixtures changed; maybe a ceiling fan here or there. If the windows are not already, you may want them double glazed by an Atlanta Window Replacement Company so that you save energy. Rose Brothers is available to help with all your electrical work, no matter how small the job is. We can help hang ceiling fans, new light fixtures, add security lights, exhaust fans and a number of other items on your to-do list.

Home Renovations

If you are considering renovating your home, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you. Our experienced crews work closely with your contractor or architect to follow the plans you have drawn out. We will make sure every connection is good and all your electric is done up to code and on time. You may also be interested in a storage solution with keepsafe storage to ensure when you’re renovating the property you won’t get any of your personal items damaged.

Working With Your Electrician When Doing Home Renovations

It is in your best interest to work with your electrician. They will most likely see the plans that spell out where outlets go and do a lot of the work before you ever think about what fixtures you want. You can meet with your electrician to get an idea of what you need to pick out. Remember in most situations you will have a budget for lights and fixtures. Anything you spend over the budget will be an added expense. Your electrician can take responsibility for purchasing your lights and fans. Even if it is as simple as installing a 12V Lamp. This is often easier on everyone because they will make sure everything is in order before they show up on the job to do your home renovations. If you have questions about your electrical work or home renovations, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and we will be happy to help you.

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Meter Base Installation

meter base installationRose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with all your electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky including meter base installation. Although it is not common, sometimes we get calls to repair or replace a meter base. You may be remodeling your home and need a new meter base installation. The city or utility company may also require that you upgrade your meter base on your older home also. Here is what you need to know:

What Is A Meter Base?

The meter base is the unit that holds the utility companies meter. Normally it is located outside. It connects the utility companies wires with your home’s electrical system. The meter itself is the device that calculates how much electricity you use so that the utility company can charge you.

Why You Need To Replace a Meter Base

Outdated Meter Bases – Your old meter base may no longer be up to electrical codes. It may no longer pass inspections because it isn’t up to the National Electric Code (NEC). This is often something a homeowner will need to replace when selling their home. Often when permits are pulled for electrical work, the city or county may want the meter base to be brought up to code as well.

Changing Amp Size – Changing the size of the electrical service to the home may necessitate a new meter base installation.

Electrical Panel Upgrades – when upgrading the electrical system in your home, you may need to replace the meter base.

Improper Installation– Meter bases that were installed improperly may cause a problem within a short time. These can corrode or burn and need to be replaced. This is a electrical safety issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Meter Base Installation

If you need meter base installation and you want to make sure it is done correctly with the proper wires and protection from corrosion, you can rely on Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.   If you have questions about meter base installation or electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, please call. We would be happy to help you.

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Electrician For Media Room in Northern Kentucky

electrician for media room in Northern KentuckyIf you are looking for an electrician for media room in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We have qualified master electricians who can help you with wiring and setting up your home or office media room.

Things To Consider

When you begin thinking about adding a media room, you need to ask yourself a few questions. What are you building the room for? Are you more interested in watching movies, giving presentations or playing video games? Will this be a single use room or a multi-purpose room? As you begin to answer these types of questions, a more complete picture of what you want will form.

Determine Your Budget

One of the next things you need to determine is how much you want to spend. Hiring an electrician for media room in Northern Kentucky will add to your cost. You will also want to determine the equipment you will have. The size of your room is also a factor. Small media rooms can handle a large flat screen TV and larger rooms might do better with a screen and projector. Then you have the furnishings to consider: regular or cinema style?

Creating the Right Space for Your Media Room

Rose Brothers & Son Electric can help you create the atmosphere your looking for.  Often adding a dimmer switch with recessed lights can go a long way toward setting the right atmosphere. The other consideration is climate control. If the media room is in the main part of your house or office this may not be a big concern. If you’re using an area of the basement or attic floors, then heating and air might be a problem. This is an area of your home or office that could potentially be used quite a bit. Having a comfortable space with good lighting is important.

Hiring an Electrician for Media Room in Northern Kentucky

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have years of experience as a Northern Kentucky electrician for media room. We can help you realize your dream for a fun, unique media center. You will love the expert care and quality work you receive from Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. Call Today!

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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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Adding Outdoor Electricity

adding outdoor electricityAdding outdoor electricity or extra outdoor lights, has many advantages. Many people choose to add outdoor electrical outlets or permanent outdoor lighting for all kinds of reasons. Convenience and Security top the list. Here are a few of the benefits:

Outdoor Lighting

Decorative Lights

Outdoor lighting can add a bit of ambiance to your yard. Whether you are hanging strings of lights on your patio or lighting an area of your yard, you will enjoy outdoor lights for their purely aesthetic appeal. Solar lights are very popular today, but normally they don’t last long and the batteries are expensive to replace. Good outdoor lights will last for years with little or no upkeep.

Security Lights

Adding outdoor lights for security can give you peace of mind at night. You can add a security light that stays on all the time.   This is a great deterrent to thieves. You can program them to come on, use light sensors or timers to turn them on or manually turn them on with a switch. You can also add security lights that work on motion sensors. This will notify you if movement is going on around your house. They work great but can be triggered by animals walking by or trees if they are too close.

Outdoor Electrical Outlets

It seems you always have a need for an outdoor outlet where you don’t have one. You will find adding outdoor electrical outlets to be very convenient. This is especially true if you need electricity in a location away from the house. Running extension chords, even if they are heavy duty just don’t work well after a great distance.

Adding Electricity To Your Shed or Barn

If you’re tired of going to the shed to find something with a flashlight in the dark, maybe it’s time to add electricity to the shed. You will find it is so much easier to see what you’re doing and what you’re getting into. You can also add outlets and heating and air if you want. Adding electricity to your shed will enable you to use your shed in new ways and more ways.

Hiring An Electrician When Adding Outdoor Electricity

Whatever your reason for wanting outdoor electricity, you will find Rose Brothers & Sons Electric are well trained, dependable and professional. Your electric job will be done with expertise and care so that you can rely on it for years to come. Whenever you need an electrician, you can trust Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Call today for quality electrical work at an unbeatable price!

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Common Electrical Repairs in Winter

electrical repairs in winterThe winter months can create extra problems for your electrical system. If you find yourself needing electrical repairs in winter, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. They are a locally owned, family run business who services Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of the problems your may experience as the temperatures drop.

Overloaded Circuits

People often overload their circuits in the wintertime. Using portable electric heaters can often cause a problem because they use more electricity. You will notice if your circuit is overloaded that your circuit breaker will trip more often. If you are having this problem and can’t find an outlet in the room to hold the load, you can call an electrician who can help you add another circuit or upgrade your system to handle the electricity you need. Don’t forget portable heaters can be dangerous, so use precaution to avoid a house fire.

Wet Electrical Connections

Another repair that tops the electrical repairs in winter list is wet electrical connections. Water and electricity don’t mix. You will find in areas that commonly have water near them, that you have GFCI outlets to protect you and your electrical system. They are usually located outside and in the kitchen and bath areas. If your electrical system or outlets get wet, they can short out your electrical system and create the need for an electrician.

Electrical Repairs in Winter

Don’t play around when it comes to solving your electrical problems. Be safe. If you’re experiencing problems with your electrical system, call a professional electrician to figure out the cause, fix the problem and educate you about your house and how the electrical system works. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have 3 vans loaded with electrical supplies and tools so that they are prepared to handle your winter electrical repairs. They also send out master electricians who know how to handle the situations they come across. For excellent service and dependability, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your electrical needs.

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