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A Short Guide to Wiring for Outdoor Hot Tubs

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After you have purchased a hot tub, your next step is installing the appliance. Water and electricity is a very tricky and hazardous mixture, and it is necessary to understand the safety measures that must be taken when dealing with this combination. Let Rose Brothers & Sons Electric of Walton, Kentucky help guide you through the process of wiring for outdoor hot tubs.

Where to Start

Hire an electrician or contractor who is well-versed with the National Electric Code and preferably one who has experience working with hot tubs. Many electricians have not mastered these codes and it is essential that you find someone who has proficiency in them for these projects.

Check Your Electrical Service

Before you purchase a hot tub, ensure that the electrical service panel can handle the extra load of your hot tub. Not only do you need to ensure that you have enough wiring spots available for your new hot tub, you need to make sure you have the proper amperage capacity to power your hot tub.

Protect Your Wiring

All the wiring that runs from your service panel to your hot tub must be protected. PVC pipes and metal conduits are the best choice for this protection. Make sure this wiring is protected well because damaged wiring can lead to hot tub malfunction or potential electrocution if someone is in the water.

GFCIs

GFCIs, or ground circuit interrupters are necessary for any hot tub. GFCIs shut off the power in your hot tub if there is ever a large surge that exceeds the circuit breaker capacity. To ensure that this safety precaution can perform adequately, it must be positioned at least five feet away from your hot tub.

What Not to Do

Avoid all powerlines. Many people do not think about the potential of power lines falling during storms and landing in your hot tub. While one would hope this was never an issue, ensuring that a powerline is not above your hot tub is the best way to prevent this occurrence. Underground wiring should not be used underneath hot tubs. All underground wiring should be at least five feet away from the location of the hot tub and buried at least six inches into the ground for metal raceways and at least a foot and a half for raceways that are nonmetallic. Do not install any low-voltage lighting within ten feet of your hot tub.

When it comes to electricity and water, it is best to let an expert handle everything. Hot tub installation requires a lot more thought about placement and wiring than other household electrical projects, and to ensure your safety, an expert installation is the best choice. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, 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, Williamstown, we can ensure that all of your wiring is done properly and with all NEC guidelines being followed. If you need hot tub wiring, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs.

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Start The New Year With An Energy Audit

 

 

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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions centers on gaining better control of your finances, you might want to start the New Year right by calling for an energy audit. Now I know that anytime you hear finance and audit in the same sentence, you immediately jump to taxes and an IRS audit. But this time, that’s not what I am talking about. Get better control of your budget this winter by calling your local electrician for an energy audit or electrical system inspection.

Signs That a Home Energy Audit is Needed

  • If you walk through your home and feel drafts
  • If your floor feels cold in the winter
  • If your electric bills are high
  • If there are pockets of heat or cold as you walk your home 
  • If lights flicker or switches aren’t working properly

What is a Home Energy Audit?

A trained professional will utilize specialized equipment to evaluate the heating and cooling efficiency of a home or business. The goal of the audit will be reducing energy costs while maintaining or improving the comfort of the building occupants. An energy audit usually consists of three main areas of scrutiny; the building envelope, the mechanical systems, and user behavior.

Building Envelope

When mailed, a letter is protected by an envelope. Your home’s envelope refers to ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, and skylights, or basically the physical structures that separate the interior of your home from the exterior environment. During an energy audit, each element of the envelope will be assessed for how well it resists heat loss and the element will be assigned an R-value. A higher R-value indicates better heat retention or efficient insulation properties. The EPA, through their Energy Star Program, publishes a schedule of recommended R-values based upon locality. Tax Credits are available for improvements made to existing homes. If an element of the building envelope receives an R-value that is below the recommended value, the auditor can make suggestions on ways to improve heat retention.

Mechanical Systems

The second area of scrutiny in an energy audit will be the efficiency of operation provided by the mechanical systems that heat and cool your home. In other words, the auditor will look at your heater, air conditioner, and thermostat and assess them for physical condition, programming and efficiency of operation. If deficiencies are found, the auditor will provide recommendations to increase the efficiency of the mechanical systems.  If new HVAC equipment is necessary your electrician can wire the system correctly to avoid an electrical hazard.  Rose Brothers and Sons also correct faulty wiring to help reduce problems with your HVAC system.

User Behavior  

An area that we as consumers of energy typically overlook is how our behavior affects the energy efficiency of our home. Do you turn off lights when you leave a room? Do you typically keep some interior doors closed? Do you have a programmable thermostat that allows adjustment of temperature based upon time of day and occupancy? After all, why heat or cool to the level of comfort of occupants if the occupants aren’t home. In addition, studies have shown that reducing the temperature of the room you sleep in is conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Audit Recommendations

Following an energy audit your home will be given a report card. Common recommendations include;

  • increase insulation in walls, ceilings, or basements
  • repair or replace inefficient windows
  • installing weather stripping
  • repair or replace inefficient furnace
  • Correct ductwork issues
  • Fix electrical wiring

 

Rose Brothers & Sons can help you meet your New Years Resolution to conserve energy and meet budgeting goals. For service or repair of your electrical systems or for an electrical system inspection, call today.

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2017 Kitchen Lighting Trends

kitchen lighting trendsIf you want a new spark of style for your kitchen, consider updating your lighting fixtures for an easy jump into the 2017 lighting trends. Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., trusted electrical contractor and your best choice for electric repairs in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas wants to help you stay on top of this years’ kitchen lighting trends.

2016 Kitchen Lighting Trends

When it comes to your kitchen, your lighting choices are important for the overall feel and look of your space. The right lighting can completely transform a room and in the kitchen, a room that is used during all times of the day, the right lighting fixtures are even more important. Many trends like pendant lighting, natural materials, blown glass, LED, warm metal, and glitz vintage have stuck around for the upcoming year and could all be great additions to your kitchen décor.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting allows for even more light in your kitchen. Mount these interesting light fixtures above your island however you like. Vary their heights and the sizes of the actual pendant to liven up the look. Pendant lighting will give you concentrated lighting over one area, so it is best to incorporate these lights with over lighting in your kitchen.

Natural Materials

Natural materials are a big trend in every area of the home this year. Consider wood, bamboo, linen, or burlap light fixtures to bring a touch of natural beauty into your space. Not only will this natural element be on trend, it will make your kitchen feel warmer if your kitchen preferences tend to be more modern. These natural elements will make guests feel more welcome and make for a beautiful design contrast that is not too overwhelming.

LED Kitchen Lights

LED lights are kitchen lighting trends that are going to be around for a long time. Not only do these lights offer unique lighting possibilities for your entire home, like dimming possibilities and light color choices, but they are incredibly energy efficient. So while these lights will make your kitchen sparkle, you will also be saving money and reducing your home’s carbon footprint.

Installing Your New Fixtures

At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we understand how important the perfect lighting is in every home. When it comes time to start installing your trendy lighting fixtures, make sure you have all of your wiring in order so everything runs smoothly. Our experienced electricians can sit down with you personally and plan out all of your electrical needs for any new lighting projects to assure that everything functions properly and that you will be satisfied with every part of your design. We are proud members of Angie’s List, have an A+ rating from the BBB, and have over 45 years combined electrical experience so you can rest easy knowing that your electrical projects will be handled with the utmost care. If you are ready to update your lighting for the new year, contact us today to get started!

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New Construction: 5 Electric Service Must Haves

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If you are planning to be involved with the design and construction of your new home, there are lots of decisions to think about as you build. Because you have the ability to go over every detail and design choice, you can make sure things are exactly as you would like them and that specific components of your new home, like your electrical service must haves, are included. While many people overlook the electrical aspects of the home for the flashier home décor choices, like window treatments and countertop choices, it is very important that you think about and discuss your electrical service must haves for your new home. Here are 5 helpful electric service must haves from the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., that you should consider for your newly constructed home.

Electric Service Must Haves

  1. Outlets, Outlets, Outlets

The most important and convenient thing any home can have is an excess of outlets for you to use. Outlets are critical to a home running smoothly and functioning properly and thus, outlet placement really needs to be thought out. As a rule of thumb, place two outlets on any large wall for all your future needs and place an outlet under every window in your home. If you have a mantle, keep in mind that mantels are hard to run extensions cord to without being obvious, so don’t even leave yourself room to fret and place an outlet on that as well. In the kitchen put outlets on both ends of your kitchen island and under your kitchen cabinets for lighting and utility purposes. In the bathroom, place outlets inside your vanity drawers, underneath your vanity mirror, and at least one to two others in the bathroom for plugging in grooming tools. Other places that are often looked over but will also need outlets are the roof soffits and you will need multiple outdoor outlets. You can never have enough outlets, so make sure to incorporate that in your house plans.

 

  1. Well Planned Wiring for Lighting

It is crucial to have well-planned wiring in your home. Make sure all of the wiring in your home is compatible with energy saving products and the latest CFL and LED lightbulbs so you can make sure to save yourself money. Also make sure you have extra wiring and a larger than necessary breaker box for any additions in lighting you have in the future.

 

  1. Pre-Wired Speakers

Running wiring for any and all appliances and electronics in your home to keep wires hidden is best done while the house is being constructed. By doing this while the house is being built you will save money and time in the future while also keeping your house from looking cluttered or messy.

  1. Smart Home System

Smart home systems are money saving and make your home much safer for you and your family. Have your smart home system wired into your home while it is being built so everything in your home can be connected. With a smart home automation system, you can control your home security, your windows, the sound system, even the temperature of your home, all with one simplistic system.

  1. Hard Wired Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector

Installing a hard wired smoke and carbon monoxide detector is one of the safest things you can do for your home. By installing this device with your electrical wiring in your new construction, you ensure that you will never need to change the batteries on your detector ensuring that your device will continue to work and be prepared when you need it most.

Electric Service Must Haves Done Right!

If you have any more questions about electrical service must haves for a new home Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., trusted Electricians of Northern Kentucky, can help you with all your needs. As electrical contractors we can guide you on the best path to a well wired and well planned home. Contact us today for more information!

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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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Electric Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

electric repairs you shouldn't put offThere are a variety of electric repairs you shouldn’t put off. Many homeowners put off home maintenance because other than being costly, it can be time consuming. You may notice a small leak under your sink and think it’s not that big a deal. Likewise you may see your lights flickering and just think it’s the wiring in your crazy house. But what if you ignore the problem too long and it becomes a safety issue. Or like the leaking sink, it can actually cause more problems later on or be the indication of a larger problem brewing under the surface. Here are a few electric repairs you shouldn’t put off:

Water Heater Repair

If you notice your water heater is corroding or there is water leaking, you should call your electrician for water heater repair. If the safety valve is leaking, pressure could be building up that may explode if the situation isn’t corrected. Many times sediment builds up in the tank causing it to corrode and leak. These problems are often ignored until a bigger problem surfaces.

Bad Wiring

If you ignore the signs of electrical problems in your home, it might be causing you more problems than you thought it would. The real issue is that it might also create a dangerous situation and a fire hazard. Older homes are at risk for electrical issues. Bare wires can short-circuit your electrical system. You also might need an electrical upgrade so that your electrical system can handle the demands of modern appliances and fixtures. The cost of completely re-wiring your home may be expensive but it will be worth it in the end. Knowing your family is safe is priceless.

Electric Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

Of all the home maintenance and repairs you might think can wait, electric repairs should be handled as quickly as possible. Throw away small electrical appliances if the cord is ruined or damaged. Follow all electrical safety precautions and if you know you have an electrical problem like bad wiring, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Will My Electrical Service Handle A Room Addition?

will my electrical service handle a room additionWe are often consulted to determine if a home needs an electrical upgrade. Homeowners often ask “will my electrical service handle a room addition?’ This is a good question and one that pays you in the long run to ask ahead of time. You don’t want to be in the middle of renovations only to discover you need to upgrade your electrical system.

Why Having Enough Electrical service Is Important

If you don’t have enough electricity to adequately power your house, you will experience fluctuations in the voltage. This isn’t just an inconvenience but it can damage electrical equipment and electrical appliances. Many home today are wired for 60 amps when they really need a 200-amp panel. Not having adequate outlets is also a concern. If you are running extension cords and using power strips all over the house, you have a potential safety hazard on your hands.

Upgrading Your Electrical System

Upgrading your electrical panel can be a messy job and in some cases it can be expensive. You want to make sure any additions to your home are done by a licensed contractor who can let you know up front what electrical service changes and upgrades you need. Adding a room may not be that big of a load on your electric. What really draws power are modern air conditioners, media and appliances. Electric wires are often run in the walls of the house. This can make rewiring your house a messy job. It is often a good idea to upgrade your electrical system when you do remodeling.

Will My Electrical Service Handle a Room Addition?

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric will be happy to help you determine if you need an electrical upgrade or rewiring. If you have the question, “will my electrical service handle a room addition?”, we can let you know before you begin a remodeling project.  We are local, licensed master electricians who work hard to provide our customers with great, friendly service. We are reasonably priced and dedicated to be honest and trustworthy. If you have questions about adding electrical service to a room addition or you want to upgrade your electrical service, we can help.

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Electrician For Media Room in Northern Kentucky

electrician for media room in Northern KentuckyIf you are looking for an electrician for media room in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. We have qualified master electricians who can help you with wiring and setting up your home or office media room.

Things To Consider

When you begin thinking about adding a media room, you need to ask yourself a few questions. What are you building the room for? Are you more interested in watching movies, giving presentations or playing video games? Will this be a single use room or a multi-purpose room? As you begin to answer these types of questions, a more complete picture of what you want will form.

Determine Your Budget

One of the next things you need to determine is how much you want to spend. Hiring an electrician for media room in Northern Kentucky will add to your cost. You will also want to determine the equipment you will have. The size of your room is also a factor. Small media rooms can handle a large flat screen TV and larger rooms might do better with a screen and projector. Then you have the furnishings to consider: regular or cinema style?

Creating the Right Space for Your Media Room

Rose Brothers & Son Electric can help you create the atmosphere your looking for.  Often adding a dimmer switch with recessed lights can go a long way toward setting the right atmosphere. The other consideration is climate control. If the media room is in the main part of your house or office this may not be a big concern. If you’re using an area of the basement or attic floors, then heating and air might be a problem. This is an area of your home or office that could potentially be used quite a bit. Having a comfortable space with good lighting is important.

Hiring an Electrician for Media Room in Northern Kentucky

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have years of experience as a Northern Kentucky electrician for media room. We can help you realize your dream for a fun, unique media center. You will love the expert care and quality work you receive from Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. Call Today!

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Electrical Wiring Basics

Poor electrical wiring is a dangerous situation. Bad wiring can not only lead to injury, but fires and even death. Working with electricity is a serious undertaking. Even home wiring, were the majority of wires carry a lower voltage than commercial buildings; must be handled with respect and attention to detail. Electricity is literally a life or death situation.

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Besides safety and building/electrical regulations, you should become familiar with three basic components of home wiring. Those three components are the service entry, panel board and branch circuits.

Service Entry

The service entry is the point where the main electrical service line, from the main grid, enters your home. While you routinely check this area for any problems, the service entry is high voltage and should only be worked on by a qualified electrician.

Panel Board:

The panel board, also called the breaker box, is the central hub of your home’s electrical wiring. No matter what the job, from installing a new light switch to wiring in a new appliance, the panel board is where you can ‘flip the breaker’ and make sure the electrical current is off in the area that you are working.

Branch Circuits

Branch circuits are the different areas that are controlled by specific breakers in the panel board. The existence of panel boards and branch circuits allows the electricity to be turned off in certain areas and still be on in others.

The majority of home improvement jobs can be handled by the do-it-yourselfer, but when it comes to electricity, there is a fine line that determines when the professionals should be called in. Any time you are dealing with main power or running new electrical lines, it is time to call the pros. Not only do these types of additions need to be in compliance with safety and electrical codes, but the safety risk is too high to do this job yourself. Certified electricians are trained not only in the codes but in how to safely handle electricity and install/replace equipment as needed the correct way. While hiring an electrician may be the more expensive what to get an electrical job done, it is also the safest way and will allow you to sleep well knowing the job was done right and with safety in mind.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, 260 Old Nicholson Rd., Walton, Kentucky 41094, United States - Phone: (859) 746-9440 Email: rosebroselect@gmail.com
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