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Electrical Items You May Not Know Can Expire

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Have you ever reached for a container in the back of your refrigerator and been greeted with fuzzy, disturbingly grotesque mold? While this is a common occurrence for food products, many people are unaware that other household items, particularly those that run on electricity, can expire just as easily. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we want to show you a few household items you may not know can expire, to help ensure the safety of you and your family.

Smoke Detectors

Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors expire. With a usual working time of ten years, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced after this time. While many people believe that simply changing the batteries on their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will keep them working, this is not the case. Smoke detectors are required to have printed expiration dates and it is important that you abide by these. The actual sensors start to malfunction after ten years and it is necessary that you buy new detectors to ensure your safety. Also, as a rule of thumb after purchasing a new home, have all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors replaced.

Batteries

Batteries start to dissipate immediately after they are manufactured. It is important that you go by the expiration date on the battery box to ensure that your devices work properly. Battery expiration dates and length of life are also influenced by the size and style of the battery in question. Batteries kept in dry, room-temperature storage will last the longest.

Power Strips and Surge Protectors

Power strips and surge protectors can be incredibly dangerous if they are used outside of their warranty date. Because surge protectors and power strips are not required to have a written expiration date, using the warranty time is usually the best way to judge the anticipated date of expiration. If you use power strips and surge protectors after they are good you pose the risk of starting a fire in your home if the products are overworked. To ensure that this does not happen, pay attention to the warranty length, and buy new products if the product looks discolored near the outlets, begins to malfunction, or feel shot when in use. Always buy OSHA or UL rated power strips and surge protectors.

Located in Walton, Kentucky, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. specializes in a variety of residential electrical services. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. If you want to ensure that your home is as safe as possible when it comes to electrical issues, contact us today.

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Do Your Lightbulbs Keep Blowing? We Can Help!

If you have not made the switch the LED lightbulbs in your home, you may still be noticing that the lightbulbs in your home keep blowing out. If this is the case, there are a number reasons as to why this may be happening. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we can help you discover what issue may be causing the light bulbs in your home to keep blowing.

Lightbulb Choice

Low-quality lightbulbs will burn out faster. In addition to burning out faster, they are more easily affected by issues with wiring, connections, and arcing. When a lightbulb blows, the filament that is used within the bulb breaks. Cheaper lightbulbs are made with thinner materials, including their filaments, which lead to a higher chance of the lightbulb breaking. If you are having an issue with a lightbulb, the first step you should take is to purchase high-quality lightbulbs, LEDs if possible, and see if the problem still exists.

Loose Connection

Make sure your lightbulb is securely in place in your lighting fixture. If the circuit between your lamp and lightbulb is not secure, the electricity will not run from the fixture through the lightbulb properly.

Arcing

Arcing is similar to ensuring that you have a tight connection. Arcing is when the bottom of your lightbulb does not fit tightly enough with the hardware in the light fixture. Arcing generates excess heat around a lightbulb. Excess heat will lead to a blowout. The easiest way to check for arcing is to look at the bottom of your lightbulb for dark spots or pitting on the metal. You can also check the light fixture socket for the same thing. If you suspect that you have arcing, call an electrician to handle the issue and keep yourself safe from an electrical shock.

Voltage

Too much voltage at one socket will decrease the lifespan of a lightbulb. High voltage connections lead to excess heat, which as stated before, will cause your lightbulb to burn out quicker. Voltage issues can stem from the light fixture, the wall connection to your home’s electrical connection, or even the electrical grid in your city.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

If you are experiencing trouble with your lightbulbs, even after switching to a high-quality bulb, it is time to call in a professional electrician to look at the cause. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we specialize in a variety of residential electrical services. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. In addition to our outstanding customer service history, our workers are fully covered through worker’s compensation, so you don’t have to worry about the possibility that you could get stuck with charges if injuries occur on the job. If you are ready to save your light bulbs and fix the underlying electrical issue in your home, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. today.

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Preparing Your Electronics for International Travel

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Traveling abroad is exciting, but also nerve-wracking. If you are traveling from the United States to another country, particularly if you’re situated, like we are, in Northern Kentucky, you aren’t close to any international borders, so you are going to be very far from home. Because of this, if you forget something, unless you can find it at your destination, you may be out of luck. With this in mind, planning accordingly is essential to getting the most out of your international trip. One thing you may not have thought of that could make or break your trip is whether or not you’ll be able to use your electronics. Not sure what we mean? Keep reading to make sure that your smartphones, hair dryers, and any other electronics stay safe on your international voyage, brought to you by Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky.

 

Figure out what you’ll need

Depending on where you go abroad, everything may be different than it is where you live, but one thing you may not have considered is that power outlets may be different. Because of this, your electrical appliances may be totally unusable in their current state if you go abroad. If you are traveling to Mexico or Canada, you will be fine using your standard American appliances, which run on 120 Volts of power. However, other countries will have differently shaped power outlets, necessitating adapters to go over the plugs of your appliances.

 

Don’t forget the power

It may be more than just the socket that is different where you go, however. Most countries that have different outlets do so because they actually exert different voltages from their sockets. Because of this, an adapter for your appliances may not actually be sufficient. Certain devices, such as certain smartphones, can do voltage conversion on their own, but “dumber” devices like hair dryers will require a voltage converter, as well as an adapter. Otherwise, you may risk ruining your devices.

 

While making sure that your devices are going to be fine while you’re abroad is important, it’s just as important to make sure that the electricity in your home is working perfectly. Whether you want to make sure that everything is in working order before you leave, or you want to optimize your home after you get back, trust in Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. to help you with all of your electrical needs. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, 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, and Williamstown.

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How to Choose the Right Lighting for a Room

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The right lighting for a space can make a huge difference. There is a reason that fancy restaurants have dim, hazy lighting and department stores have bright, even lighting. While your home isn’t a business, we could all stand to learn a thing or two from how businesses use lighting within spaces to strike the right mood. If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right lighting for a room, let the electricity experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. in Walton, Kentucky inform you.

 

  1. Consider what the room is going to be used for

Lighting should be, at its foundation, functional. In many spaces, if you don’t have artificial lighting of some sort, you won’t be able to see for large portions of the day, and in others, you won’t be able to see at all, so making sure that your lighting is serving the purpose it has is central to choosing the right lighting for your space. Spaces that are primarily going to be used for work of some kind, such as a home office or a kitchen, should have bright lighting that easily and consistently illuminates what you are doing. Spaces that are going to be used for entertaining, however, like dining rooms or living rooms, can have dimmer lighting. Bedrooms, finally, should have the softest lighting of all, in order to encourage relaxation and sleep.

 

  1. Consider the size of a room

The size of a room can greatly impact the kind of lighting that you are going to need. Small rooms, such as closets, home offices, or small bathrooms, could each have their own particular lighting needs, but their size is going to influence what sort of lighting you will need to purchase and install. Smaller spaces are more easily illuminated, so even lower lighting can make a small space feel incredibly bright. Because of this, be careful not to overwhelm your smaller spaces with too much lighting. The converse goes for large spaces. Even very bright lighting can seem like a drop in the bucket for huge, open living rooms or basements, so make sure your lighting packs a suitable punch.

 

  1. Trust in Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. to help

Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. is here to help you with any of your electricity questions and projects in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, 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, and Williamstown.

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Keeping Your Children and Pets Safe from Electricity in Your Home

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When it comes to what you love, such as your children or pets, safety is of the utmost importance. So, how do you protect your children and pets from electricity in your home? Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric & Construction of Florence, KY provides you with these tips to keep your family safe from electricity in your home!

Pet Safety

  • Keep cables out of sight– Electrical cords are a huge danger for pets, as their chewing or playing with them can lead to shocks, burns, or even fires. It is important to make sure all cords are safely tucked away.
  • Keep sleeping pets away from electronic equipment– Pets, particularly cats, have a tendency to curl up and sleep behind warm appliances such as computers. Try to halt this behavior by creating a bed for them by a sunlit window.
  • Don’t leave heating equipment unattended– It is very important to make sure your pets are not unattended near heating equipment such as a hair straightener or portable heater, as they can easily burn themselves on these items.
  • Check plug sockets­- Make sure all plugs are completely plugged into their sockets, because if they are partially exposed, it could result in a shock to a pet’s tongue or wet nose.

Child Safety

  • Unplug unused devices– It is important to unplug any device that heats up as soon as you are done using it. This helps avoid burns to children and fires from being started.
  • Safety-check appliances– It is important to check your appliances every so often to make sure they are running correctly still.
  • One plug per socket– Try not to overload your plug sockets, especially with appliances that take a lot of power.
  • Turn appliances off– Make sure that you turn all appliances that are not designed to stay on overnight off before you go to bed.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati

If you still feel as though you need help making your home safer for your children and pets, then do not hesitate to stop by your favorite local, family owned business, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, Kentucky. We have been your trusted electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years. We can help you with any electrical needs from small repairs to large electrical construction projects. We also care about your safety and happiness; we want to provide you with the best possible experience by providing you with actual solutions instead of just temporarily fixing your problem. We also have an excellent record on Angie’s List, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

 

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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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What Should I Do When The Power Goes Out?

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There are a multitude of reasons as to why you might lose power in your home; Weather conditions, service accidents, and storms of varying levels of severity just to name a few. Because you can never be sure if your power outage is going to be for an extended period of time or for just a few minutes, it is important to be fully prepared for both scenarios. Keep your home and family safe with these power outage tips from Rose Brothers & Sons Electric where our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

When The Power Goes Out Short Term

Stay calm. Check outside your windows and see if you can tell if your neighbors have also lost power. If you discover that you are the only house on the block that is missing power, the problem is probably based within your home. Check circuit breakers, replace blown fuses, and check all of your outlets if you still don’t discover the problem and then call an electrician.

If you noticed that your neighbors have also lost power, call your electric company. While electrical suppliers usually know when areas on their grid lose power, it is always helpful for your own peace of mind to call and find an estimated time for repairs. While you are waiting for the repair, unplug all of your appliances with electrical components, like television sets, computers, and microwaves. By unplugging these items, you can avoid damage from the power surge once the power has been repaired.

Long Term Power Outage

The best thing you can do for long term power outages is to be prepared beforehand. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, and a basic first aid kit in a spot that you can locate easily. Consider buying a flashlight that stays plugged into an outlet at all times and is then ready and charged when your power goes out. If you have a generator, make sure you have the supplies you need like gas and that everything has been installed properly. Don’t wait for an emergency to check these things!

Just like with a short term power outage, check to see if you are the only house that has lost power and then check your breakers and fuses. If you are the only home that has lost power and you are unable to restore it, it is time to call an electrician. If your electrician comes and explains to you that the problem may take a while to resolve, unplug all of your belongings to avoid damage from power surges once power has been restored. In addition to this, turn off all of your breakers except for one, so you know when power is restored. Empty all your food from your refrigerators and freezers and leave the doors wide open. If someone you know has electricity, see if you can store food there. Utilize your windows to control the temperature of your home, open south facing curtains and blinds in the winter to let sun and heat into your home and always keep your blinds closed at night.

Electrical Repairs When The Power Goes Out

If you have a power outage or are in need of an electrical repair, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here for you. We are proud members of the BBB, Angie’s List, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other reputable organizations so you know our service is among the best. Call our team of experts today for all of your electrical needs.

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The Difference Between a Short Circuit or Ground Fault?

short circuit or ground faultWhat’s the difference between a short circuit or ground fault and do I need to know? You may have heard the terms short circuit or ground fault used and wonder what they mean to you and your electrical system. If you have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, you may have a faulty breaker, a short circuit or  ground fault or a problem with one of your appliances.

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Trip?

If you have a fuse box or circuit breaker box, it is put in place to protect you and your home from too much electricity. Circuit breakers or fuses are designed to work with a certain amount of electricity or AMPS. When that amount is exceeded because too much electricity is required, the fuse will blow or the breaker will trip to off. For example when you have a 20-amp fuse and your appliance starts using 30-amps you will exceed the amount of electricity and your circuit breaker will trip or your fuse will burn out.

Short Circuit or Ground Fault

What Is A Short Circuit?

A Short circuit is when a wire gets exposed or is open to touch another wire. When the wires are connected wrong or insulation wears away so that wires touch, you can end up with a hot wire touching a neutral wire and this can result in a short circuit. Often you’ll see a spark or smell smoke. Sometimes you cannot detect where the problem is. Your electrician can help determine the cause of the short circuit and rewire any areas that have trouble. A short circuit will draw more electricity and cause a short. Sometimes the hot wires melt the insulation on the wires and could potentially cause a house fire.

What Is A Ground Fault?

A ground fault occurs when the hot wire is exposed and touches either the ground wire or it touches metal in the junction box or in the appliance. For example if your air conditioner compressor has a ground fault it means a wire in the compressor broke and is touching the sides of the unit. This will also cause a surge in power that will trip the breaker or blow the fuse.  Another term for ground fault is a short to ground connection.

What Should You Do If Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

If you notice a problem with your circuit breaker, you need to have it checked out. The circuit breaker is there to keep you safe and notify you if there’s a problem. Sometimes the only problem is a loose wire at the circuit breaker box. Other times, you have either a short circuit or ground fault causing the breaker to trip or the fuse to blow. Your electrician at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you determine where the problem is and make the necessary repairs. Rose Brothers serves the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area and we are ready to help you with all your electrical repairs.

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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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How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

how to replace a ceiling light How to replace a ceiling light fixture may seem complicated at first. As with all electrical projects, you should not attempt them yourself unless you feel completely comfortable working with electricity and you understand the safest ways to connect electrical wires. If you don’t follow safety guidelines and use wire nuts for this project, you could put you and your family at risk for electrical fires. If you need help with replacing a light fixture, Rose Brothers & Son Electric will be happy to help.

How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

Before you begin, stop and make sure all power to the light fixture is turned off at the circuit breaker. It is more than possible that other wires besides the 3 that you’ll be working with are close by. You can use a circuit tester to check for hot wires or just turn the power off to the entire house. Now your ready to begin the steps- how to replace a ceiling light fixture:

  1. Remove any light bulbs or light bulb covers that could break during the transition.
  2. Unscrew the bolts that hold the fixture base to the mounting strap or outlet box.
  3. Lower the fixture base and you should see 3 wires. The black wire is hot, the white wire neutral and the green wire is the ground. This is the basic wiring that is used, your house may use a different color for the hot wire or have no ground wire.
  4. Disconnect the wires from the old fixture base by removing wire nuts or electrical tape
  5. Connect the wires from the new fixture. Match up the wires with their corresponding wires in the outlet box. Use a wire nut.
  6. Raise and position the new light fixture. Screw the fixture base into the mounting strip or outlet box.
  7. Add light bulbs and any bulb covers
  8. Turn the power back on.

The Easiest Way to Install A Light Fixture

For most people, working with electricity and changing a light fixture in the ceiling is more hands on then they feel comfortable with. Your Northern Kentucky electrician can install a ceiling fixture.   It is easy, safe and inexpensive. If you need help replacing a light fixture, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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