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The 411 on Backup Generator Safety

 generator safetyBefore you consider buying or renting a portable backup generator, it is important that you consider a few backup generator safety tips to ensure you choose the best option for your home and need.  Every year people purchase backup generators for times when the power is out.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

Choosing a Portable Backup Generator

There are a few good models when it comes to purchasing or renting a generator.  Make sure you look at the size of your generator and make sure it can handle the wattage you will need to turn on all the lights and appliances you have to use.  You can get the amount of power you need by looking at labels on the appliances you plan to operate.  If you are operating lights, the wattage is the number.  Your generator should be rated for amount larger than your overall need.  You also need to accommodate a surge of power when the generator kicks on.  An electrician can help you determine the size generator you need.  If you are using a generator for more than just emergency needs, your electrician may recommend a more permanent set up to power your house.

Portable Generator Hazards

A gas powered generator is a safety hazard if you don’t use caution when operating it.  The toxic exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.  There is a hazard of electrocution or electric shock and because many portable generators are gas or diesel fueled, there is always a fire hazard.  You should read over the generator safety tips carefully before using a backup generator.

Backup Generator Safety tips

  • Never operate a generator in a closed in area.  Opening windows and doors will not make it safe for indoor use.  Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can quickly overcome you.  Never operate a generator in a garage, basement, crawlspace or other area that is enclosed.  If you have it near an open door or window CO can come inside.  The only way to detect CO in the air is to have a carbon monoxide detector that will sound an alarm when levels are too high.  If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should get fresh air immediately.
  • Keep the generator on dry, even ground.  Don’t operate next to water or in the rain.  Make sure your hands are dry when you touch the generator.
  • Cool the generator down 2 minutes before adding fuel.  This will make sure it doesn’t ignite.
  • Never use the generator around combustible items.
  • If you use extension cords make sure they are properly rated for outdoor use and are in good condition.  A three prong plug is important.
  • Never attempt to power your entire house by plugging directly into an outlet.  This “backfeeding” can cause electrocution miles away.  If you need to power your entire house, your electrician can install a power transfer switch which will do the job safely.

If you have questions about using a backup generator or generator safety, your electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help.  We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Southern Indiana area.

 

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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.

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Can Ceiling Fan Installation Save On Cooling Cost?

ceiling fan installationThere are many good arguments that would recommend ceiling fan installation to save on cooling costs.  The trick is not just to install a ceiling fan but to install it correctly and to use it wisely.

What To Expect From Ceiling Fans

Unlike air conditioners that actually cool the air, ceiling fans work by creating air flow.  It’s important to note that like a portable fan or table fan, unless you are in direct contact with the air flow, it won’t do you much good.  Ceiling fans have 2 settings. The counter-clockwise setting is best in the summer and the clockwise setting is best in the winter.  The direction of the air is determined by the slant of the blades.  During colder weather, the warm air can be pulled up to the ceiling and redistributed around the room to help heat colder exterior walls.  Likewise in the summer, the blades will push air down and create a draft.  Some people are comfortable with ceiling fans and use their A/C less or on a lower setting.

How To Save Cooling Costs With a Ceiling Fan

If you use your ceiling fan as intended, it could produce some savings on your electric bill.  You should attach your ceiling fan to the light switch so that it turns off with the light when you leave the room.  Ceiling fans only help you while your in the room.  They cannot cool air in other rooms.  Also if you can enjoy the breeze from your ceiling fan and adjust the temperature down on your thermostat, then you will be able to realize a greater savings.

Ceiling Fan Placement

When installing a ceiling fan, make sure you think about the affects of blowing air on your room.  Some people don’t like ceiling fans in the kitchen for this reason.  It can lower the temperature on the stove or create a hazard if you own a gas stove.  Potentially a ceiling fan above your dining room table could cool the food faster than you like.  Also when considering ceiling fan installation, make sure you add enough ceiling fans in the room to create even temperatures that will cool the entire room.  Many people who install bedroom ceiling fans get so they cannot sleep comfortably without the airflow and noise of the ceiling fan.

Ceiling Fan Installation

If you are thinking about installing ceiling fans this summer or would like to replace existing ceiling lights with a ceiling fan fixture, contact the electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.  Rose Brothers can help with all your lighting and ceiling fan installation. Rose Brothers services the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Contact us today and live cooler!

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Electric Repair in Greater Cincinnati

electric repair in Greater CincinnatiFinding a company that does electric repair in Greater Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky is easy if you have a computer or can ask some one who they recommend. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric services the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky area. If you are looking for an electrician in the area that you can depend on, Here’s why we think you’ll find Rose Brothers to be the best electrician in Greater Cincinnati.

Professional Service

You can’t go wrong when you hire an electrician if you know they have the credentials and training to get the job done. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric consist of 3 electricians who are master electricians and 3 technicians. They each form a team. You will find every electrician who works at Rose Brothers has experience and professionalism. Not only can you depend on getting your electric repair in Greater Cincinnati done right, but you can expect expert customer service too. Because we have multiple teams, you rarely have to wait for electrical repair in Greater Cincinnati. Types of repair work include:

  • Electrical wiring repair
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Emergency Electrical Work
  • Small Electrical repairs
  • Circuit panel and home wiring
  • Security wiring
  • Lighting repairs
  • HVAC wiring
  • Duke Energy Integration
  • Storm or lighting damage
  • Underground wiring
  • Commercial and Industrial Electric Repairs
  • And more…

Professional Work Ethic

Rose Brothers bases their reputation on providing excellent work and sticking to a strict work ethic. You don’t have to worry about hiring a dishonest technician or a company that won’t stick beside what they say they can and will do. Rose Brothers and Sons arrive on time at your home or office with the right equipment to get the job done. This saves time and makes things more convenient to you. Occasionally they may have to run for a part or order a unique part. When this happens you can expect clear communication and a fast turn around.

Electric Repair in Greater Cincinnati

When it comes to emergency electrical repair, you can call Rose Brothers 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. No matter what the electric repair is, they will advise you what to do and get you the help you need as soon as you need it. No electrical problem is too small or too complex for them to tackle. When you need the best electrician in Greater Cincinnati, call you local electricians, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.

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Get Home Renovating Ideas During Local Home Tours

home renovation ideasNow is a great time to get home renovation ideas!  September 2015 offers two local home tours that you won’t want to miss.  Whether you have an older house you are renovating or you are thinking of choosing a builder, here are two home tours where you can see what’s happening and have some of your questions answered.

Parade Craze Tour of New Homes

According to the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, the 2015 Parade Craze Tour of New Homes is the largest Open House event in Cincinnati.  The show will offer attendees the opportunity to visit new homes every weekend during September (September 5-6; 12-13; 19-20; 26-27).  Parade Craze Tour of New Homes will feature established new home builders showcasing their homes, floor plans, communities, etc. Tickets and information are available on the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati website

Dayton Street 19th Century Homes Tour

Once considered Millionaire’s Row, Dayton Street in Cincinnati is full of large mansions built in the late 1800s. These mansions have been under various home renovations for decades and now house some of the original artwork and period furnishings.September 13, from 1-4 dozens of these mansions will be open to the public.  Many of these homes have been restored to their past glory and some are in the midst of home renovations.  If you’re looking for a unique home tour, this might be just what you are looking for.  You can get a better idea of the houses and what they have to offer at the Dayton Street Neighborhood Association website.  Tickets for the event will be available at the corner of Dayton Street and Baymiller the day of the sale.  Tickets are $10. each.

Getting Home Renovation Ideas At Local Home Tours and New Home Shows

You will find the area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offer a variety of home tours throughout the year.  This is just one of the many places you can find home decorating and renovating ideas.  Many people who are considering buying a new home or redecorating a home they already own, begin the process by going on local home tours, open houses and the Home Builder’s Association Homearama.  Whether you are planning to redecorate your living room, a basement, attic or bedroom, the more ideas you see and homes you tour, the better idea you’ll have of what interests you.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is proud to be a part of the Greater Cincinnati community.  We are a professional electrical contractor who can help you with all your electrical repairs and upgrades.  We are a locally owned electrical company who has been serving the area for decades.  We would love to help you with your next home renovation project or putting electric services into your new home.

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