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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Outdated Meter Bases – Your old meter base may no longer be up to electrical codes.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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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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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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A Whole Home Surge Protector Will Save You Money

whole home surge protectorA whole home surge protector can save you money. Whether you are worried about protecting your computer, TV or any large appliance, lightening strikes and electrical surges can damage appliances in your home.  It doesn’t take but one bad storm, one downed tree or one lightening strike to cause damage. Here are a few things you can do to protect your family and your electrical appliances.

Invest in a Whole Home Surge Protector

Recently my neighbor’s home was struck by lightening. One of his water pumps was damaged costing him 1300.00 to replace. Over the years I have heard similar stories of homeowners who lost costly electrical equipment because of lightening. Investing in a whole home surge protector could have saved them from the expense of replacing appliances and office equipment.

Most people know that lighting can cause damage to their TV and appliances and yet many of us don’t take the time to unplug our appliances every time a storm comes or every time we leave the house. You can rely on a whole home surge protector to protect your belongings even when you’re away.

Full Protection

Whole home surge protectors will protect you home from up to 40,000 amps or more depending on the size of the protector. Adding this to your electrical panel will protect your home, but you still need individual surge protector outlets and/or power strips. Having both will ensure you are protected from lighting and power surges within your home.

Dedicated Circuits

Having your TV, Computer or other appliances on dedicated circuits can also protect you and your electrical equipment from electrical fluctuations that could cause poor TV quality, or surges when other appliances on the same circuit start running. This can result in fluctuations, surges and the like that can become a problem.

Your Electrician Can Help

If you want to learn more about installing a whole home surge protector or if you are considering adding a few dedicated circuits, your electrician can provide you with information and help with the installations. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric  your electrician in Northern Kentucky, for all your electrical needs.

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Electric Repairs and Tips To Save You Money

electric repairsThere are a few electric repairs and summer time money saving tips that can help lower your electric bill.  August can be one of the hottest months of the year and the average home spends hundreds of dollars a year on energy costs, mostly because of air conditioning.  You can lower your electric bill and help save the environment by following some of these recommendations.  See which of these you can implement and start reaping the rewards of extra savings.

Control Your Thermostat

If your house is like mine, there is a constant war over the thermostat.  My daughter is always hot and likes to keep the air on really high.  My husband is more conservative and follows behind her and turns it back down.  It is suggested that your thermostat should be set to 78 degrees when your home and 80 or more when your away.   You are likely to save up to 3 percent per degree over 72 degrees. Many people are installing new digital thermostats to regulate their homes more.  There are many different ones on the market that can help control your energy use.  Your professional electrician can help with electric repairs and thermostat installations.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep the air moving in your home.  Many times you can set your thermostat higher and stay comfortable with the use of ceiling fans.  Make sure your fan blades are rotating counter clockwise to push air down and maximize air circulation.  If you need to install more ceiling fans, call your professional electrician and they can help.

Use Appliances Sparingly

Your microwave is the most energy efficient way to cook.  It uses less energy than your stove and it won’t heat up the kitchen.  This will help with your cooling bill.  Your dryer is also a huge consumer of electricity.  You can lower your utility bill by hanging clothes outside on a clothes line.  Peak electricity use hours are from 4pm to 6pm.  Avoid running appliances during this time especially if an electricity emergency is declared. Turn off appliances, lights, power strips and equipment when not in use. Unplug  the spare refrigerator if you have one but don’t really need it.  Freezers that are plugged in but not full will be more costly to run too.  Consider replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient appliances.

Install a Whole House Fan

If you don’t have an attic fan, consider installing one.  A whole house fan can draw cool air into your home through the windows and suck the hot air up and out through the attic vents.  These are best used in the evening and early morning and can help reduce your air conditioning use.  Your electrician can help you determine if an attic fan would work in your home.

HVAC Maintenance

Having your HVAC system checked and maintained will cause it to work better and more efficient.  You can save energy with clean filters too.  If you have an older a/c unit, you may want to replace it with a newer more energy efficient model.   If you plant trees around your a/c unit, it will use about 5% less energy.   Leaking ductwork needs to be repaired to save around 25% of your energy bill.

Keeping Up With Electrical Repairs

Whenever you notice a problem with your electricity it is important to get it fixed right away.  Repairing things when the problem is first noticed and small, beats waiting and facing larger and more costly repairs later.  Electrical repairs and  electrical upgrades can also help with your energy and utility bills.  Older homes may need electrical repairs to ensure their electric is efficient and economical.  Your electrician can help you determine if there are other ways you can save on your electric bill.  If you have any questions or need electric repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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