Tips & Hints
Learn more about ways you can reduce your energy bills, increase the energy efficiency of your home, and many more useful tips and tricks to better improve your household.
- When building your next house make sure you are installing network cables to all your cable and telephone locations. We are not far away from having TV’s with a straight RJ45 connection instead of HDMI or straight coax.
- Anyone installing in floor heat in their home be sure to ask your electrician if the wire they are installing is rated for primary heat source if your replacing the in floor heat for baseboard.
- Clients always ask me why low voltage pot lights over line voltage, at twice the cost there has to be a reason? There is many reasons I prompt low voltage lighting. A few reasons is the trim options, give 2.5 times the light from a halogen par 30 , it compares to 125 watts with only 50 watts of power. Its also much more versatile with several different angles of light with bulb selection. My biggest secret with high ceilings is to install a radium bulb 35 watt which I’ve installed 6 -4 inch pots on 25 foot ceilings and 600 sq ft of floor space and filled the room with light at less wattage but twice cost.
Call us for free estimates to help you get the best look for less money. We specialize in lighting and help you the client get excited about your home.
- Theres a lot of complaints lately about hydro costs especially as they are on the rise. Replacing your cheap inefficient pot light bulbs for an LED par 20 or par 30 size will reduce your day to day power average use drastically. They are easily dimmable with Lutron’s new led drivable dimmers. Call us today for a quote to retrofit.
- Think of the electrical in your house as your car and the receptacles, lights, breakers, switches and wire as the parts you normally tune up every year. Your electrical system should be maintained just like your vehicle every 3-4 years by a licensed electrician. I recommend that home owners turn their breakers on and off in the panel once every year to exercise the breakers from seizing.
The most common reason for fires in a residence are from Aluminum Wiring/ loose connections in your panel and receptacles that are broken and have loose terminals. Loose terminals create arcing which obviously creates heat and resulting in a fire!
- If your home was built in the early mid 60s to the mid 70s your wiring in your home is most likely aluminium. At that time during the Vietnam war copper prices were at an all time high and aluminium wiring was a great way to keep the cost low and provide builders with an alternative. The issue in today’s day and age is that aluminium wiring expands and contracts at a different rate than copper. The receptacles, switches and light fixtures we install in today’s times are copper rated only which doesn’t work with that aluminium wiring. Oxidization occurs and overheating, sparking of connection begins resulting in fires! There is nothing wrong with aluminium however it must be terminated properly with aluminium to copper marrettes and connect copper tails to each new device. If your house was built in the AUMINUM WIRE era then call us today so we can make your home safe.
- Estimated cost per device is $25.00
Before you purchase your next home make sure you get a proper electrical inspection. Most insurance companies won’t re-insure a home that contains more than 10 percent knob and tube wiring or 60 amp services to a single residence. Call us today. Our inspections include a full report with cost breakdowns with photos for the small cost of $300.00 plus HST