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Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda: Wished I’d Called An Electrician

electricianHave you ever accidentally shocked yourself with static electricity? Hurts, right? Well imagine that but only way, way, way, way, way stronger. That is what you could experience if you decide to go digging around in your wires and messing with your electrical system. It can get pretty confusing in there with all those cords, wires, and switches, and the more confusing it gets the more dangerous it is for you to mess with. One wrong move and you could be zapped like a mosquito buzzing around the wrong back porch. That is why you should always consult an electrician when dealing with anything potentially “shocking.”

DIY Electricians Or The Real Deal

But what if you are not confused by all the tangled wires and circuits? No matter how confident you are, if you are not a licensed electrician you should not try and fix any electrical issues in your own home. Besides obvious personal injury concerns, there are also numerous building codes and inspections that your electrical system must pass. If you have not been properly trained, you most likely are not aware of those codes and how to adhere to them. Plus, the untrained eye most likely would miss most of the minor electrical issues that could be causing your problems, and you probably would also not be able to tell when you made a small mistake that could lead to a colossal deadly electrical fire. What looks like an easy fix can turn into a major disaster if the wrong person is trying to fix it.

But what if you get out of there with everything appearing to be all fixed up and you did not electrocute yourself? Well, you are not quite out of the woods yet. You might switch up your wires so that your light switch now turns on your garbage disposal and vice versa. Or that new ceiling fan you installed all by yourself might come crashing down during a nice family dinner. No one wants to deal with problems like that, so do not put yourself in those situations. If you notice something wrong with your electrical system, call an electrician and let a professional fix the problem. Trying to save a few bucks on a routine installation could end up costing you much more if something goes wrong.

Your Local Electricians

So now that you have been duly warned of the dangers of DIY electrical work, if you have an issue call Rose Brothers & Sons, the best electricians in Northern Kentucky. And do not end up paying hospital bills twenty times worse than your electrician’s bill would have been.

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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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Are Electrical Repairs and Upgrades Tax Deductible?

electrical repairs and upgradesYou may be wondering if electrical repairs and upgrades are tax deductible. According to experts, if you only use your home for personal use, then the amount of the home repair is not tax deductible. You can however use the amount of the home improvement for your benefit. Here’s how it works:

Rules For Home Owners

According to IRS rules, if you made home improvements like kitchen remodeling or a room addition, you can add the cost of the expense to the base price of your home. For example, if you purchased your home for 200,000 and spent 30,000 on remodeling, then the base price of your home would go up to 230,000. When you sell your home, this would offset any capital gain you may have. In our example, if you sold your home for 250,000 then you would only have 20,000 in gains instead of 50,000. You may also qualify for exemption from those gains so it’s important to get all the facts before you file your taxes.

Rules For Home Businesses

If you use part of your home for business, the rules change and you can deduct some of the home improvements or all of them depending on where the improvement was made and how much of it benefits your business. If you remodel your kitchen or need electrical upgrades and you use your home in a business type situation, then the cost of the expense may be deducted. This is especially true if you are upgrading the electric in the part of the home that is your office. If the upgrade or electrical repair is an improvement to the entire home, the amount you can deduct is often based on the square footage of the office in your home or the portion you rent out. If however the expense is part of the office or part of the rental room, you may be able to deduct the full amount. You may also be able to depreciate the expenses similar to the way you would depreciate a building. Your accountant will be able to show you which rules apply to you and how to make the most of your tax situation.

Rules For Landlords

If you own rental property then you can claim all of your electrical repairs and upgrades as a tax deduction. There is a difference in the way you classify the expenses as an improvement or repair. If you choose to write off the expense as a repair, you can take the full amount as an expense in the year you claim it. If you classify the amount as an improvement, then you can depreciate the amount over many years.

A good tax attorney or accountant can show you the best way to write off your expenses and electrical repairs to offset your income.

Electrical repairs and Upgrades

If you need electrical repairs or upgrades, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We have experience with remodeling, electrical repairs and upgrades. Many of the home improvement you make, including electrical repairs and upgrades can affect your tax situation. When you need a good electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is the company to call. We specialize in all sorts of electrical projects from new construction to simple electrical repairs.

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Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

appliances that require dedicated circuitsThere are many appliances that require dedicated circuits. In fact, if you are constantly experiencing your circuit breaker tripping or lights dimming, you may have a problem with how your breaker box is set up. This can cause not only damage to your appliances but it’s also a fire hazard. You owe it to yourself and your family to keep your electrical system safe and working properly.

What Is A Dedicated Circuit?

A dedicated circuit is a circuit breaker in your electrical box that is used for only one appliance. It in effect is dedicated to doing only that one thing. Some major appliances that draw a lot of electricity will require more than one switch we usually refer to these as double pole circuits as opposed to single pole circuits. This configuration keeps you and your home safe from fires. Double pole circuits are for appliances requiring 30-50 amps and single pole circuits are for appliances requiring 20 amps.

The Appliances That Require Dedicated Circuits

Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment

Electric Ranges and Ovens

Refrigerators and Freezers

Dishwashers

Washers and Dryers

Microwaves

Electric Fireplaces

Garage Door Openers

Car Charging Stations

Garbage Disposals

Water Heaters

Sump pumps

Jacuzzi, hot tubs and Pools

Upgrading Your Electrical Circuits

If you are adding a new appliance or an older used appliance, you need to make sure your electric is set up to handle the new addition.   You can check the rating on the new appliance or electrical equipment to determine how much electricity it will use. Many appliances are compliant with Energy Star ratings and use less electricity than older models. If you experience fluctuating power, dimming light or you are constantly throwing a breaker switch, you should call your professional electrician in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky and have your electrical system checked out. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help you with fast, dependable electrical repairs and upgrades. Call today to speak with a professional electrician or to schedule a repair or estimate.

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Energy Management For Commercial Facilities

Energy Management for Commercial FacilitiesEnergy Management for commercial facilities begins with an energy usage evaluation and includes adding features like a remote Wi-Fi controlled thermostat. Energy usage is a large expense for commercial facilities like schools, offices, restaurants and other public places. Many times the ability to control things like lighting and heating and cooling equipment can lower your company’s utilities by drastic amounts. Here are a few things to consider when adding a remote controlled thermostat.

Energy Management For Commercial Facilities

Remote Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to control your thermostat from a single login. You can detect things from your system such as: weather, high and low temperatures and data usage statistics that can help you identify problems sooner. With the ability to check on your system at any time from a remote location, you can make sure customers and employees are more comfortable and energy waste is kept to a minimum. You can also coordinate multiple HVAC systems to coordinate effortlessly together.

Smart Phone Apps

With the addition of a free smart phone app you can use your remote control thermostat with ease from anywhere. This allows you to control your home or business HVAC system while you’re at home or the office and when you’re away. If the cost of energy waste is lowering your bottom line, then the installation of money saving home automation device like a remote controlled thermostat makes perfectly good sense.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric in Northern Kentucky can help you lower your energy costs by first identifying areas where you are wasting money or need electrical repairs or equipment that can result in better optimization, greater energy efficiency and lower utility bills. Electrical equipment as simple as installing a Wi-Fi remote control thermostat can give you greater control of your energy usage. Contact the expert electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric your industrial electricians can help with energy management for commercial facilities like yours. We can supply you with information to help you make better decisions about your electrical and HVAC system and we can provide you with a free estimate on any service or repairs we recommend.

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Avoiding Common Wiring Mistakes in Northern Kentucky

common wiring mistakesCommon wiring mistakes can create a problem for homeowners who aren’t aware of the problem. Often do-it-yourself projects can create an electrical wiring nightmare that isn’t discovered until someone gets hurt or the house burns down. Many times unsuspecting homeowners have to confess to electrical project mistakes during a home inspection where they realize some of the jobs they undertook were better left to professional electricians in Northern Kentucky.  Understanding building codes and how to wire your home is what makes a professional electrician stand out.

Common Wiring Mistakes

Many times we find areas of the home where the wiring is put in backwards. Neutral wires in an outlet are connected to the wrong wires. Often this won’t cause any problem with the appliances you plug in but can potentially cause a life threatening shock if left undetected.

Another problem we often see is either not using wire nuts or connectors, or not putting the connections into a junction box. This can cause problems if there is a short. A wire nut or electrical box will protect your wiring and the surrounding area if there is an electrical short or arch.

Many times novice electricians will cut corners when it comes to all the specific wires and connectors that need to be properly placed to avoid fire or injury. Your professional electrician in Northern Kentucky knows what the rules are for safety and to pass building codes in the area. Using too small a junction box or putting too many wires inside the box is a good example of problems that can occur when you aren’t sure what you’re doing or you’re trying to fix your electrical wires without the right equipment.

If you don’t know much about electricity and don’t understand the correct way to run ground wires to your home, it is best to hire a residential electrical contractor to help with all your electrical needs. This will make sure you avoid common wiring mistakes that could end up costing you a ransom in costly repairs.

Call The Experts!

Electrical wiring is one area of your home where avoiding common wiring mistakes is crucial. Let the expert team at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric handle all your electrical upgrades, repairs and wiring projects in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Ohio. Keep you, your family and your home safe. Contact us today!

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Should I Upgrade Electrical Wiring In My Home?

upgrade electrical wiringWe often are asked, “Should I upgrade electrical wiring in my home?” Many people who are looking at a house to buy or who live in an older house ask this question.   If you have older wiring, or you buy a house built in the 60’s or 70’s it may be a question you should be asking because your safety may be at risk. Also if you notice problems with your electricity, you should have a licensed electrician in Northern Kentucky look over your electrical system for any potential problems.  There are many reasons to get electrical upgrades.  Here are just a few:

Safety Concerns

Many of the reasons to upgrade electrical wiring revolve around safety concerns. If you have problems with circuit breakers tripping, you probably have a bad connection somewhere that needs addressed. Likewise, if you have multiple power strips in your home because you don’t have enough outlets, you could be creating a fire hazard. Homes built between 1960 and 1975 may be wired with aluminum wiring which can oxidize over time and create another fire hazard. These are some of the reasons why you should upgrade electrical wiring.

New Appliances

When you purchase a new appliance, you may need to upgrade electrical wiring to accommodate the new appliance. This is especially true when switching from gas to electric appliances in your kitchen. Many new appliances require heavier gauge wiring and a dedicated circuit breaker. You should never attempt to run a new appliance on insufficient electricity. This is unsafe for the appliance and also can be hazardous.

Surge Protectors

If you notice your lights flickering during a storm, this could be an indication you need better surge protection. Surge protectors can be included in your outlet strip or you can install a surge protector that works at the source of electricity for a whole house affect. Most electrical appliances can handle small surges that are considered normal. Large surges however can ruin appliances and electronics and have the potential to be unsafe.

Help To Upgrade Electrical Wiring In Your Home

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a licensed and insured electrical contractor who can help you upgrade your electrical system. We are experienced and trustworthy. Contact us today to answer any questions you have or schedule a estimate for electrical upgrades. We service Cincinnati and the Northern Kentucky area.

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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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Why Does My Electric Bill Fluctuate

why does my electric bill fluctuateCustomers often ask our electric repair crews, why does my electric bill fluctuate so much. Often they indicate they are keeping their thermostat at the same temperature and they just don’t understand how their electric bill can be higher one month and lower the next. Here are some reasons why your electric bill is high.

Changes in the Temperature

With Northern Kentucky weather, we are used to having temperature changes throughout the year. If the outside temperature is around 65-70 degrees it’s pretty easy to heat and cool your home. Most of the time however the temperature changes. If it’s any colder or hotter, you can expect your air conditioner or heater to work harder. This causes more energy to be used to keep your house at the same temperature. If temperatures outside are over 100˚, or less than 40˚, your bill will be even higher. At these temperatures your heating and cooling systems have reached capacity and will require more energy with less results.

Having Guests

If you entertain a lot or have company coming to stay a few days during the summer months or over holidays, you can expect a higher Northern Kentucky utility bill. More people mean that appliances are used more, heating and cooling use more electricity and you get the idea. It doesn’t take much. Extra lights on in rooms you rarely use or in the basement guest room can make a big difference.

Faulty Appliances

If you have electrical appliances that aren’t working right they could be using more energy. Dirty air filters on the air conditioner, a pool pump continually running, a faulty thermostat, refrigerators that don’t seal, all seem like small matters.  But the amount of electricity you waste with a faulty appliance will raise your electric bill.  Rose Brothers and Son Electric can help you keep your appliances in working order.

Seasonal Items

If you consider all the items you use differently during different parts of the year, you can see why your electric bill fluctuates. Pool pumps, electric leaf blowers, Christmas lights, patio lights and other seasonal items use electricity. When you are using these items, it can cause a raise in your electric bill.

Why Does My Electric Bill Fluctuate

There are many answers to the question,  why does my electric bill fluctuate. You can see from this list there are many items in your home that use electricity. You can help keep your electric bill down by turning items off and unplugging items you’re not using. Try to keep your thermostat at a setting closer to the outdoor temperature. If you have guests, remind them to conserve energy too. If you need electric repairs, call Rose Brother’s & Sons Electric and we will be happy to make sure your electric and electric appliances are running efficiently. We can also do an energy audit to see where you could improve on your electric use and consumption.  Many people take advantage of average billing that allows them to pay an average bill so that their bill is more manageable.  You can contact your utility company to see what they offer.  If you have any questions or we can help in any way, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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