All posts tagged smoke detector

The Different Types of Detectors Your Home Needs

In this article, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric – proudly serving Cincinnati, Ohio (OH) and Northern Kentucky – is here to tell you about the different types of detectors your home needs. Contact us today to learn more about the different electrical services we provide.

To create the safest environment for your family, your home needs to have the tools to alert you of any signs of danger. There are many types of detectors that will warn you of household threats. To make sure your family is protected, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric provides information on the different types of detectors your home needs.

Smoke detectors are the most common detectors to be found in homes. These are a necessity to protect your family in the event of a fire. Most fatalities and injuries are sustained from fires that occur at night while the victims are sleeping. A smoke detector would have prevented this, as a piercing alarm would have sounded at the first signs of smoke and alerted the sleeping individuals. The detector will warn your family before the smoke can reach a dangerous concentration or before the fire can reach an intense level. People living in a home without a working detector are at a twice as high risk of dying from a fire. Smoke detectors protect lives, prevent injuries, and minimize damage to your property.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas and is poisonous at high levels. It is always present in the air but is impossible to tell when it the concentration turns deadly. CO gas is a silent killer, so to eliminate the safety risk you should invest in a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide buildup can occur when something goes wrong with fuel-burning appliances. If any part of the appliance fails or an exhaust vent becomes clogged, this can lead to a serious problem.

Many cases of the noxious gas arise due to heavy snowfall or animals’ nest obstructing appliance chimneys or vents. There are numerous types of combustion appliances that are commonly operated in homes. This includes propane, oil, or natural gas appliances, wood-burning products, and oil-based heating appliances. It is recommended that each floor in your home be equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, with one located near or within each sleeping area. For homes with multiple bedrooms positioned on a common hallway, just one detector has to be placed in the hallway to provide protection for each room. However, homes relying on forced-air heat should have a CO detector in the individual rooms.

Radon is another untraceable gas that can turn lethal. The odorless, colorless gas is responsible for the deaths of 20,000 people each year, as well as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Radon is created as the result of natural uranium decay, which can be found in the soil. According to the EPA, radon gas can be found trapped in one in fifteen homes. This problem can be prevented by a radon detector that delivers constant monitoring.

If you are interested in installing detectors into your home, contact an electrician you can trust. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is a local electrical contractor built on the virtues of honesty and hard work. We provide a number of services including but not limited to electrical repair, storm damage repair, circuit breaker replacement, electrical construction, lighting, and generators. We are located in Walton, KY to provide our electrical contracting services to Northern KY and Cincinnati.

Top

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!

Top
Page 1 of 1