What is the Right Ceiling Fan Direction For Summer & Winter?

Dealing with extreme temperatures can be a challenge. You may be sweating buckets and unable to cool your home, or wrapped under six blankets hoping it gets even slightly warmer. Thankfully, we have thermal control to help us, but your home may still be uncomfortable even with central air and heating.

That’s where ceiling fans can come into play. With 80 million Americans owning at least one ceiling fan in their home, they’re a common fixture. Not only can ceiling fans help cool your home, they can help move heat throughout your house as well. It all depends on the direction that the blades are spinning.

Looking for tips on heating or cooling your home using your ceiling fan? Let’s go over how the direction of your ceiling fan can help control the temperature in your home. Continue reading

Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

You’re proud of your child’s natural curiosity, but it can be nerve-wracking – especially when hazards like electrical outlets and gadgets are around every corner.

May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means this is the perfect time to assess your child’s risk for electrical injury. We’ve compiled a few key electrical safety tips for kids to make that process even easier. Continue reading

Preventing Power Surge Damage in Your Home

A power surge can strike at any time or place. It only takes one bolt of lighting or a click of your air conditioner to cause irreversible damages to some of the items that matter to you most.

With 60-80% of power surges starting from an internal source in your home or business, it’s very possible to prevent this damage from occurring. From surge protectors in your outlets to surge protecting your whole home, there’s several ways to keep your electronics safe.

Looking to learn more about power surges? Keep reading to find out how power surges start, and what you can do to stop them in their tracks. Continue reading

Stay Safe & Know What To Do In A Power Outage

You’re going about your day and walking around your house when suddenly it goes pitch black. The clock on your microwave fades away and your TV turns off with a faint click. What gives?

You’ve likely just experienced a power outage. This could be caused by anything from a voltage issue, weather conditions or an animal biting through your power lines. Once it’s happened, what are you supposed to do until it gets fixed?

There’s no need to panic during a power outage. We’ve created a guide so that you’re prepared the next time the lights go out at your home. Continue reading

Does Your Home Have the Safest Child Proof Outlet Covers?

Stay away from power lines. Don’t go swimming during a thunderstorm. And don’t use electrical appliances in the bathtub.

These are just a few of the electrical safety rules we should be teaching our kids.

But what about very young children who don’t yet comprehend why electricity can be dangerous?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded 5,500 emergency room visits in the United States in 2015 that were caused by electrical outlets. Children were more likely to be injured compared with share of population.

  • Kids under 5 make up 6% of US population but accounted for 27% of those injured.
  • Kids 5-17 comprised 29% of those injured by electrical outlets, double their share of the population.

Some parents install plastic outlet covers hoping to keep curious little fingers out of harm’s way. But are you using the right ones? Let’s talk about some of the drawbacks of traditional plastic covers and the advantages of more recent tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs. Continue reading

Lower Your Heating Cost this Winter in 3 Easy Steps

Consumer Reports has warned that the average electric bill could go up as much as 20% this winter.

With the NOAA predicting colder temperatures and the cost of heating fuel on the rise, how can you stay warm and save on energy bills?

Here are three simple tips to keep Old Man Winter from taking too big a bite out of your energy budget. Continue reading

Five Tips for Rewiring an Old House

If you enjoy living in an old house and using 21st Century technology, you’ve got to make sure that old house wiring can handle the load.

Rewiring a house can have many benefits.

  • It enables your home electrical system to handle heating and cooling, doing the laundry, cooking on the stove and staying connected on all those high tech gadgets.
  • It boosts the energy efficiency of your system — which is great for your budget and the environment.
  • It makes your home safer by reducing the risk of electric shock and fire.

Keep reading for five tips on successfully rewiring your house. Continue reading

Why Electrical Maintenance Is a Good Investment for Your Business

As a business manager, you know the importance of a good maintenance program.

It’s what keeps your place of business looking its best while creating a safe and comfortable environment for employees and customers.

You may already invest plenty of time, money and attention maintaining everything from your IT equipment, to your heating and cooling, to your floors.

But have you thought about your electrical system?

Today we’ll take a look at the benefits of regular electrical maintenance and some helpful hints for implementing preventive maintenance for your own electrical equipment. Continue reading

Electrical Wire Color Code: Your Guide to Decoding Colored Wires

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when doing electrical work. Opening the panel to see dozens upon dozens of wires, all different colors, can feel like a recipe for disaster. Not knowing the meaning of each specific color can mean the difference between getting a shock and safely performing your home maintenance. Follow this guide to better understand the electrical wire color code and keep yourself safe. Continue reading

Enjoy Perfect Patio Lighting with These 5 Easy Tips

Who says all the fun has to go indoors after the sun goes down?

With the right patio lighting design, you’ve got the perfect setting for inviting guests over for an after-hours social, or some quiet time outside before turning in for the night.

The best news is that there are patio lighting options for almost any taste and budget.

If you’re thinking of installing or updating your own patio lights, take a look at these 5 easy tips while shopping around to get the most for your money. Continue reading