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We’re finally through another summer in Texas. Our air conditioners are being turned off for the first time in months, and we’re all looking forward to watching that power bill drop. Now that your electrical system is under less stress, it’s the perfect time to make sure that the system is working the way it should.
Nobody should go years without performing maintenance on their vehicle. It just makes no sense to throw away the investment you made on a vehicle. And yet, people regularly go years and years without having their electrical system inspected on their home. Typically you spend a lot more on your home than a vehicle, yet both can be dangerous if you don’t do regular maintenance!
With this in mind, I wanted to share some important Electrical System Maintenance with you that can help keep you safe and even keep your power bill low! Keep in mind that the things I’m going to share with you aren’t really things you can do on your own; you should always contact a Licensed Dallas Electrician to implement any of these tips.
With that in mind:
- Have your wiring checked for potential unseen damage. This happens more often than you think; rats and other vermin can get into parts of your home you never see, and they love to chew on wiring.
- Have power conditioners installed. I can’t say enough about how useful power conditioners can be. When properly installed in your system, a conditioner helps keep the voltage running through your lines constant, preventing dips in the line voltage or line static from being transmitted into your appliances, which can extend their life. If you have sensitive electronics like a home theater system, you absolutely NEED one of these on that line to keep the equipment working like new and protect it from damage.
- Have surge protectors installed at your main electrical panel. One of the bad things about power surges is that they aren’t just isolated to one part of your system; they can spread through your home like a wildfire, causing untold damage and heartache. Properly installed surge protectors can prevent this from occurring, and will save you a lot of trouble down the road.
- Have standard home Iispections Don’t be afraid to ask for it by name; any reputable electrician will know what you’re looking for. These inspections are a really good deal, and can stop a huge number of electrical problems before they start. Though the exact details of the inspection can be a little different depending on what electrician you deal with, the inspection I perform (for a very reasonable price, no less!) involves the following:
- Opening the electrical panel and tightening every wire and screw
- Checking every breaker for overheating
- Ensuring your panel is properly grounded; a poorly grounded panel is a power surge waiting to happen
- Checking the connections at your meter site, where the power flows in from the power lines
- Checking that your electrical safety equipment, particularly your Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and smoke detectors are properly installed and working correctly
- Inspecting your lights for overheating and flickering that could be signs of poor wiring or wiring failures
- Checking your attic for chewed wiring and dangerous open wire splices left by disreputable “electricians”
- Confirming the voltage and polarity of the electrical current throughout the house
- We can even pull every single outlet to check that it’s put together tightly and that the wires are in good condition! (This isn’t a requirement for every time you have your home inspected, but it’s a good idea to have this done every so often.)
For more Electrical System Maintenance tips or information about power conditioners and surge protectors, or to contact Electric Man! We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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In the 30 years I’ve been an electrician, I’ve had a lot of time to think about what qualities make the best Dallas Electrician the best. Obviously, there are a whole lot of factors that go into something like that: quality of service, friendliness, willingness to help. But let’s face it; at the end of the day, the best electrician is the one who can save you money. So, I’d like to share some money saving tips with you. And I‘m going to start with the biggest, most effective tip of all. Ready? Here it comes.
Turn your stuff off
That’s it! Turning your electrical devices off when you’re not using them is the best way to lower your home electric bill now, I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not a very fun answer.” Well, you’re right: there are certainly more interesting ways to save money on your electric bill (and I’m going to share a few of them with you right now), but it’s important to start with the basics. So, what can you do to save money without turning things off?
- Schedule routine electrical system maintenance. Some business and home owners go decades without having their electrical system checked. These checks help make sure that your fixtures are properly installed, and that all your connections on your electrical panel (and everywhere else) are correctly installed and tight. Something as simple as a loose screw can cause sparks and surges. Even if these surges don’t cause fires or other damages, they waste electricity. You should have routine maintenance performed every year or two to ensure the best results.
- Install a power conditioner. The dishwasher. The refrigerator and freezer. Your pool equipment. The air conditioner. Your washer and dryer. The garage door opener. What do they all have in common? Well, they all make up a good chunk of your electricity usage, but they also all have motors. These motors draw a lot of power as they start up, which can put a lot of strain on your electricity usage. Having power conditioners installed helps balance out those big surges and saves you money in two ways;
- It means your total consumption goes down since you’re not drawing a ton of power at once for that motor,
- It reduces the wear on the motor, which means they need to be replaced less. As anyone who had an air conditioner motor break down this summer can tell you, this can add up to a lot of savings in the long run.
- Install solar panels and/or wind turbines. We’re living in a great time for alternative energy sources; the technology behind solar and wind power have made them more efficient and useful than at any point in history. Alternative energy isn’t just for power plants, though. You can actually install these energy generating devices, with help from a licensed electrician, in your home and business to help generate your own electricity, which is less power you have to pay for. Even better, you can use solar panels and turbines to help power another generator.
- Buy an indoor generator. People talk a lot about living “off the grid”. There’s no way I can think of to make yourself less dependant on the grid than to start generating your own electricity, especially if you can do it without pollution. A good indoor generator can make you money, by sending the electricity it generates that you don’t use back to the grid. Wouldn’t it be great to not only lower your home electric bill, but turn it into a payment from the electric company? What better money saving tips could there be than giving you a way to get paid what you were once paying out?
If you’re interested in purchasing an indoor generator, or for the best Dallas electrician to save you money you can trust ElectricMan to help and get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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Every summer, more and more homes experience outages in their electric systems. As a top Dallas Electrician, my electricians and I see the effects of these outages every day. They can be devastating, and cause a lot of damage. In fact, the insurance industry pays out over $1 billion in damages annually in claims caused by outages and power surge damage. Most outages are caused by the weather, but there are different kinds of weather can cause an outage. This even includes weather that doesn’t produce lighting damage like the massive ice storms we saw during Super Bowl week this year that left hundreds of thousands without power (and, more importantly, without heat!) during one of the worst winter storms in years. Summer storms can produce devastating tornadoes that can knock out power for miles around the area they touch down in, and many hurricanes begin to build in the summer and early fall, causing catastrophic results even outside of the disaster zone. Hurricane Ike left over two million people without power when it hit southeast Texas in 2008, and not all of them were in the impact zone.
Not every outage comes from something as dramatic as a hurricane or tornado. A lightning strike, even as far as half a mile away, can potentially cause damage to your delicate electrical equipment and appliances. Often, large-scale outages can occur when lightning strikes a transformer.
Learn how to protect your home and appliances from lightning strike and power surge damage.
Outages don’t just occur because of bad weather: many outages are caused by power equipment switching to accommodate the heavy load people put on the power grid. Our power grid is already having trouble with its current load, and the problem only grows as more and more people use more and more electricity. Summer in Dallas and Fort Worth is the perfect examples. It’s when people are running their air conditioners constantly. This puts an incredible load on local and state power grids. This leads to government agencies putting out warnings almost every summer about potential power outages, threatening brownouts and blackouts unless people conserve energy.
These outages aren’t damaging in themselves, but they leave open the possibility for electrical power surge damage. You’ve probably noticed that when the power comes back on after an outage, it often flickers on and off quickly as the power grid attempts to get the electricity flowing back into your lines. This stop-and-start action creates surges that can easily damage unprotected electronics or appliances. Having a nice TV damaged like this is a very expensive hassle, and you can imagine how much more expensive and uncomfortable it could be if the surge takes out your air conditioner and refrigerator!
So, what can you do to keep power outages and power surges from affecting you?
- It’s extremely important that you use surge protectors on outlets with electrical equipment to help protect from the effects of outages and lightning damage.
- It’s also important that your electrical panel is wired correctly with a built-in surge protector at the panel, and that your wiring is up to code. Top Dallas Electricians can make sure your home or business is prepared for the effects of these outages, and that your valuables are protected.
- Even better, there are generator options that can allow your home and business to keep their power on even when the grid fails, avoiding the problem of outages and surges entirely!
Some of these options can even help you save money on your electric bill without the hassle of gas, fumes, or noise pollution.
For more information about a generator solution for your home or business, check out ElectricMan’s blog post on indoor generators. When needing to know how to prevent power surge damage or electrical assistance with power you can trust ElectricMan to get the job done right. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t ever hesitate to give us a call! Visit our website to learn more or connect with our online community on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.