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How Kentucky’s Weather Can Affect Your Home’s Electrical System

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There’s an old joke in Kentucky: if you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, wait around for a few minutes and it will change. While this is still a joke, it is founded in some semblance of fact: Kentucky’s weather is notoriously temperamental, and this can take a toll on your home’s electrical system, as well as your wallet. If you want to learn more about how to keep ahead of Kentucky’s weather, keep reading and let the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky fill you in.

 

North, South, or Midwest?

Depending on who you ask, Kentucky is in one of three geographic regions of the United States: the North, the South, or the Midwest. There is no real definitive answer to which one is right, at least partly to do with Kentucky’s weather patterns. Kentucky has the chilly winters of the North, the precipitation of the Midwest, and the hot, humid summers of the South. This means that Kentucky’s weather fluctuates wildly from season to season, from incredibly hot in the summer to incredibly cold in the winter, and everywhere in between. Because of this, your electrical system is going to have to work extra hard in order to keep up with the shifts in temperatures. Since heating and cooling is the biggest consumer of energy in most homes, you will have to be extra vigilant with how much you are willing to mess with your thermostat.

 

Don’t forget the weather

Kentucky’s climate includes more than just shifting temperatures: it also includes wild weather. Because of Kentucky’s proximity to the Midwest, tornados have been known to touch down within Kentucky’s borders. Extreme cases like tornadoes aside, Kentucky has been known to have fairly extreme weather, ranging from thunderstorms in the summer to ice storms in the winter. This can down power lines and play general havoc on your electrical system, so be sure you have registered professionals, like those at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc., on speed dial in case of emergencies.

 

If you are worried about Kentucky’s climate messing with your home’s electrical system, never fear, because Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. is Northern Kentucky’s most trusted electrical contractor. 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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What You Need to Know About Your Home’s Electrical System

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When it comes to our homes, we often know just enough to be able to make small changes or do minimal maintenance. This is especially true of our homes’ electrical systems. Most of us aren’t electrical engineers, and so the idea of getting comfortable with our homes’ electricity can be more than just daunting: it can be frightening. But if you are going to own a home, being familiar with this system is more than just important. It’s necessary. Let the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky help you get acquainted.

 

The Electrical Meter

A main electrical line usually comes off of an electrical pole, although it can occasionally be buried underground, and is connected to a meter where it connects with your home. This meter is generally placed outside of the home, and measures the electricity that is moving into your home. Particularly energy conscious homeowners can also purchase “smart meters,” which measure electricity both ways: flowing into and out of your home.

 

The Breaker Panel

Most of us are only familiar with our homes’ breaker panels once a breaker gets flipped and we lose power. But, in actuality, a breaker panel does more than that. The amount of electricity that a home can use at any given time is determined by the size of the main breaker, which is why a power surge can blow the power to your home. Below the main breaker, you will have smaller breakers known as “circuit breakers,” which control individual circuits of electricity in your home. Each of these circuit breakers are designated for specific uses in your home, such as the air conditioning. Within these circuits, you will have wires that are sending electricity through those particular circuits. There are three kinds of wires in each circuit: “hot” wires, which carry electricity directly from the circuit breakers, insulated neutral wires, and uninsulated “ground” wires. If you are doing any electrical work on your own, be wary of the “hot” wires, as they could pose a potential danger to you.

 

While being familiar with your home’s electrical system is important, it can also be dangerous if you don’t have sufficient training with electricity. Ultimately, you should entrust your home’s electricity needs to trained professionals, like those at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky. 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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Home Electricity and Preventing Power Outages

electrical contractorHome electricity is a necessity Americans have come to depend on. We need electric for lights, cooking, cleaning and in some cases life-support. It wasn’t too long ago in our history that people lived without electricity. Today, when the power goes out, we are left in limbo and inconvenienced until the lights come back on. Some areas have experienced many problems associated with power outages that have left families devastated and businesses without revenue. Fortunately most hospitals and public areas have backup power to depend on. Here are a few of the causes of power outages and what you can do to prepare for them.

Weather Causing Power Outages

Most of the power outages in the Northern Kentucky area are caused by weather. Snow, rain, ice and wind can all take a toll on electrical systems. Although it is almost impossible to plan for a flood or tornado, you can take precaution to protect your electrical system from damage from water, moisture and dust. Dust and water can damage your home electricity causing serious costly repairs. Sealed circuit boxes help protect your electrical system from water damage. Where your electric boxes are, also helps. More severe weather concerns have sometimes left entire regions without power. You may not be able to prevent such catastrophes, but you can prepare for them. Having candles, canned food, extra water or a back-up electric generator can help.

Other Causes of Power Outages

Other power outages result when power lines and wires are damaged. Large animals and birds can sometimes cause power outages. Other outages occur when automobiles wreck into power lines or the power company is working on power lines sometimes power outages are the result of human error. Other power outages are the direct result of short circuits. This is when the electrical current takes a wrong path causing excess in electrical current that can lead to circuit damage, fire or explosion. Short circuits are one of the primary causes of fires in the area. Short circuits occur for many reasons, damaged wires, water or other conducting material that comes in contact with the current. Motors that are jammed can also cause a short circuit.

Preventing Power Outages with Good Electrical Installations

One way to prevent power outages and short circuits is to make sure you have good quality materials in place in your electrical system. Make sure you hire a certified electrician who will install your electrical system the right way without cutting corners. Wires should always be good quality and the right gauge for your application. Pumps, pistons, rotors and other moving parts should be inspected and maintained to prevent short circuits caused by jammed equipment. Circuits should not be overloaded. High quality circuit breakers and fuses should be used to protect against circuit overload. All circuit breakers and electrical wiring should be kept away from water and moisture. Besides power outages, your electrical system should also be able to withstand the problems of power surges and low voltage. If you have questions about your home electricity, call your trusted electrical contractor, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They will be happy to help you.

 

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5 Signs You Need To Call A Licensed Electrician

home electricityHome electricity is probably one part of your house you rely on daily but pay little attention to. Electricity is everywhere and a large part of our existence revolves around items that use electricity. Most people don’t think about calling a professional electrician unless something is broken and they can’t fix it. Electricity however, can be dangerous and calling a professional is as much about your family’s safety as it is about fixing a problem. Here are a few reasons to call a licensed electrician.

Not Enough Outlets

You may be using too many extension cords or have power strips at every outlet. Using extension cords isn’t always safe. This is a good indication; you could use a few more outlets. It also may mean you are overloading some of the circuits in your home. A professional electrician can determine if your house needs an electrical upgrade or just a few more outlets.

Your Lights Dim

If you notice diming lights when you turn on certain appliances or too many appliances, you may have an overloaded circuit breaker. It may trip often too. An electrician can help alleviate the problem and balance the load.

No 3-prong Outlets

Most electrical items today require a 3-prong outlet. If your home electrical system only has 2-prong outlets, you could have a problem with your electricity being grounded. Using adaptors is not the safest solution, calling an electrician to change out the outlets is.

Do You Need A Licensed Electrician To Install New Appliances?

When it comes to installing new electrical appliances, it is always a good idea to provide dedicated circuits to your appliance. This can help balance the load before you start having problems. Electricity needs to work efficiently to save you money on your power bill and to ensure your appliances don’t wear out more frequently.

No GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets in Your Kitchen or Bath

Since the late 1980’s, homes are required to have GFI outlets near any water. This is a safety precaution to prevent electric shock. A GFI will detect any deviation in the current that might result from water coming into contact with electricity. Within 1/30th of a second, the electricity can be interrupted and this saves lives. If you notice you don’t have any outlets like this, an electrician can install them for you.

Your Home is Older

Homes that are older may not have an efficient electrical system. Recent changes to building codes, safety codes and new technology may mean your system isn’t running as well as it could be. Your electrician can make sure your system is up to date and working efficiently.

If you have recently purchased your home, you may find that although your home has passed inspection, you are having problems because the way your family uses electricity is unique to you. Your electrician can provide you with an electrical inspection or energy audit that revolves around how you are using your home electricity and what changes are needed for your safety and to cut your costs for electricity. If you have any questions or need service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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