G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Electrical Installation’

Could I Benefit From an Attic Fan?

Monday, March 25th, 2019

relaxed-manSure, you may only use your attic for storage. And, what’s the point of keeping it comfortable if you only go up there twice a year: to pull out your holiday decorations and to swap your winter clothes for summer clothes. Okay, yes, many of you might use your attic more than that, however, the same principle applies: what is the point in spending money on an area that you almost never find yourself in? Well, we are here to tell you that your attic, although you might not use it for much, greatly impacts the rest of your home in terms of climate control and comfort.

Installing an attic fan is a great way to keep your attic cool, as it tends to retain a lot of heat.  Attics are typically highly insulated, and although this is great during the winter, it can pose a real problem in the summer. Below, we will discuss exactly what the purpose of an attic fan is and the benefits of installing one. So, keep reading to learn more! 

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Need an Electrical Installation? Hire a Professional Electrician.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Few modern conveniences can rival the impact that controlled electricity has on our day to day lives. Whether reading by soft lamplight in bed before turning in for the night, powering your water heater so that you can take a hot shower in the morning, or keeping your AC running so that you can live comfortably during the hottest time of the year, our electrical systems have a hugely positive influence on our living conditions. Just remember, though, that the misuse of electricity or any electrical components and appliances in your home can have much different results. That is why you must schedule your electrical installation in Lake City with a member of the G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical staff.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to any electrical installation is the fact that there is no job to small to call upon a professional to complete. You may think that reading an article online means that you are properly informed, at least enough to install outlets and/or light switches in your home. Electrical wiring is electrical wiring, though, and the size of the project is really not what matters. From fuse box upgrades to outlets and whole-house generator installations, professionals must do the job to ensure that it is done properly.

There are a few different reasons for this. First of all, you risk serious bodily harm if you mess about with your electrical system. Our technicians have the years of training and experience to deal with electricity properly and with the respect that it deserves. This allows them to complete electrical installations safely. Additionally, even if you avoid electric shocks or even electrocution when installing a piece of equipment, you must keep in mind the fact that it still may not be functioning properly. From wires that run hot to constantly tripping circuit breakers and even fires, a lot of problems may develop down the road. Finally, you may be in violation of the law if you attempt your own electrical installation services. Our team will ensure that everything is up to code and that protocol is followed.

Don’t take any unnecessary risks when it comes to your electrical installation in Lake City.

Schedule service with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical instead. Then you can use your electrical system with complete confidence, just as you deserve to do.

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Calculating Electrical Loads for New Installation

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The electrical system in your house must supply power to a large number of fixtures and appliances, from small devices like energy-efficient light bulbs to major machines like air conditioners and refrigerators. Every home will have different energy needs, and every home will have a different electrical system to meet those needs. When you have new electrical installation in Lynwood, WA, you must make sure that the two match. To do this, installers will calculate the electrical load necessary for the new installation.

Do not attempt electrical installation yourself, no matter how “simple” the task may seem. This is potentially dangerous work, and incorrect wiring can lead to overloaded power systems and electrical fire hazards. Only trust to the work of professionals, like those at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., to manage new electrical installation.

The Electrical Load

The term electrical load refers to the largest power draw that the circuits in a system can handle. The amount of load depends on the level of resistance to current flow and the amount of voltage applied to it.

To determine the electrical load of a house when electricians are handling new installation, they must perform a residential load calculation. The installers will also make sure that the electrical load meets with the National Electric Code and/or local amendments and substitutions to it.

The basics of the calculation are to take the amperage of the new installation and multiply it by the voltage to get the resulting wattage. The installers then need to figure out the safe capacity for the circuit, using what is called “Ohm’s Law” (the current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the potential difference across the two points), and come up with a rating in wattage that the new installation cannot exceed.

This may sound a touch complicated—it’s electrical engineering—but keep in mind that this is why you want to hire experienced electricians to handle any new installation in your home. Whether you are having home renovations done, replacing old wiring, hooking up a new circuit breaker panel, or wiring a home theater system, have electricians present to assist from the start so that you know you will have the proper electrical load.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has performed excellent and professional electrical installation in Lynwood, WA since 1977. Make us you first call for whatever your installation needs are.

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3 Things to Consider When Installing a New Electrical Outlet

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Outlets in a home won’t endure forever, especially if they are older, non-grounded models. Sometimes electrical fires can start behind the outlets, charring them, in which case you need to hurry and have them replaced and the source of the fire located and remedied. Other times, outlets will stop working because of worn-down, aging wiring. Whatever the reason, call for new electrical installation in Lynnwood, WA to put in new, modern outlets.

It’s easy to have all your electrical needs taken care of in one place: contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., where we’ve served the Puget Sound Area since 1977.

3 things you should consider with new outlet installation

  1. Don’t attempt the work on your own: This caveat applies to almost all electrical work. Because there is a large danger of receiving a high-voltage shock from untrained tampering with an electrical outlet, it is something only professionals should handle. There is also the potential for electrical fire damage later if mistakes are made with the wiring.
  2. Have GFCI outlets installed: You may not know the term “GCFI outlet” (the letters stand for “ground fault circuit interrupter”) but you have seen them in newer homes and buildings: they have the two colored buttons between the outlets sockets. These outlets work like local circuit breakers designed to stop the flow of electricity from the socket; however, the purpose isn’t to protect the electrical system like circuit breakers, but to protect people from receiving shocks from the outlet or any appliance hooked to it. For your family’s safety, make sure you have these outlets installed. Any electrician worth hiring will suggest GFCI outlets, as well as AFCI outlets to help prevent fires (this is often required by law for installation in bedrooms).
  3. Do you need wiring replacement? For an older home, installing new electrical outlets could place too much load on the wiring, leading to tripped circuit breakers and maybe even electrical fires. In some cases, you will benefit from wire replacement services so you can have the best new outlets.

At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we take the quality of our service seriously and place the confidence and trust of our customers as the most valuable commodity. Whatever you need for electrical installation in Lynwood, WA, you can count on our staff to handle it quickly and correctly.

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Why You Should Replace Old Outlets for GFCI Outlets

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

You may not know what a GFCI outlet is, but you’ve almost certainly seen one before. They resemble a standard double set of three-prong outlets with the differently sized left and right slots. However, between the sets of outlets are located two small buttons, often colored red and yellow. One button is the RESET button, the other is the TEST button.

What do GFCI outlets do, and why should you install them in your home if you don’t already have them? We will explain in this post, but for the moment we want to strongly encourage you to schedule this work—especially if your home has old two-prong, non-grounded outlets. GFCI outlets are important safety precautions to protect you and your family from injury.

For the electrical installation work in Lynwood, WA to replace old outlets, call the company Puget Sound has trusted since 1977: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

GFCI Outlets Shield You from Electrical Shocks

The letters GFCI stand for ground-fault circuit interrupter. These outlets act like fuses and circuit breakers in many ways: in case of an increase in power, a circuit opens and stops the flow of current. However, ground-fault circuit interrupter outlets are not fuses. The purpose of a fuse is to prevent fire hazards due to surges overpowering the electrical system: they protect the electrical system, not people specifically. However, a GFCI outlet does exist to protect people, turning the current off when it detects electricity is flowing into a human instead of an appliance.

Here’s how it works:

The two slots on an outlet are the “hot” side (the smaller slot) and the “neutral” side (the larger slot). Electricity from the outlet flows in a loop, running to an appliance plugged into it from the hot side and then returning to the neutral side. A GFCI outlet monitors this flow to detect any imbalance. If it picks up a change of even 4 or 5 milliamps, this means electricity from the hot side is entering something other than the appliance attached to it… and most likely, it’s a person. The ground-fault circuit interrupter outlet immediate trips a circuit (the RESET button will pop out) and cuts off the power to prevent any further harm. To reset the outlet, press the RESET button down again.

The amount of power that modern appliances use makes GFCI outlets mandatory to protect you and others in your house from injury due to high-voltage shocks when an appliance malfunctions. These outlets can cut the power rapidly enough that you won’t feel much more than the slight sting you would get from static electricity when something goes wrong.

Our team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has handled putting in many GFCI outlets in homes. We can assist with the electrical installation services in Lynwood, WA to update your home’s power system for safety. Call us today for an appointment.

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Tips for Installing a New Electrical System

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Although there are various reasons why you may need new electrical installation in a home, the two most common are to renovate aging and outdated systems (usually for older houses) or for new home construction. The installation can range from smaller jobs like updating a fuse box or circuit breaker panel and changing to GFCI outlets, to whole-house re-wiring.

Whatever the size of electrical installation in Everett, WA you need for your current or future home, you’ll find the qualified electricians to get the job done right the first time at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We’ve done every kind of wiring job imaginable since 1977.

Here are some tips for new electrical system installation:

Tip #1: Hire a professional installer

This is the key step for a successful new installation. Unless you are a trained electrician with the right equipment, it’s extremely risky to attempt large scale electrical work on your own. Aside from the dangers that come with working with electrical systems, DIY or amateur work is rarely done accurately, resulting in a system that works inadequately and will soon need repairs. Poor electrical installation can also create a future fire hazard: many electrical emergencies that professionals respond to arise from amateur work that has caused charred outlets and other fire dangers. Start right with installation: call an experienced electrical contractor.

Tip #2: Update the circuit breaker panel

A new electrical system will increase the amperage in your home, and because of this you should consider an upgrade for your older circuit breaker panel. (If you have a fuse box, then you should definitely upgrade to a circuit breaker panel.) The new electrical system will be able to handle far more power—that’s one of the reasons to have new installation—but make sure you take into consideration some of the consequences of this increased amperage.

Tip #3: Switch to LED lights

During an electrical installation, you can make other upgrades as well. One of the best changes you can make is to replace older light fixtures with LED (light emitting diodes) lights, which draw significantly less power than standard incandescent lights and last far longer. This will translate into immense savings which could eventually pay for your entire electrical installation!

Tip #4: Maintain good communication with your electrician

If you hire a skilled electrician for the installation, make sure to ask him or her about other upgrades and particular conditions in your neighborhood that might affect the new system. The electrician will have many suggestions to help you have the best installation possible.

For more than 37 years, the team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has delivered high quality electrical work ranging from small repairs to whole-house rewiring. Make us your choice for your electrical installation in Everett, WA.

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Running Wires to an Entertainment Speaker Set

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Wiring up an entertainment center (flatscreen HDTV, game console, receiver, streaming device) is perhaps the most, well, entertaining electrical work that can be done in a home. It’s far more exciting than connecting functional devices like surge protectors, whole-house generators, or smoke detectors: the end product in this case is exciting and immediately enhances your life.

But that doesn’t mean this job is necessarily an easier one than those other tasks. In conjunction with the increasing complexity and capabilities of home theater systems also comes an increase in wiring complexity. The issues become tougher if you don’t want your living room to look like a mess of cables and wires that will make it dangerous for guests just to cross it to reach the kitchen. (And let’s not even get into what pets can do to exposed wiring.)

But you can hire help from professionals: with experts in electrical installation in Lynnwood, WA assisting you, the wiring for your 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio System can hide in the walls and ceiling, making for a more pleasing space with no tripping hazards. Plus, the electricians will make sure the wiring all goes to right places and remain secure. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to talk to our installers about wiring up your home theater speaker set and other components.

In-wall wiring is the best way to create an attractive entertainment center in your home. It can serve not only for the wires going to the speaker set, but also to hide Ethernet cables and various A/V cables. This is generally a safe set-up, because the wiring for entertainment system is what electricians call “low-voltage wiring,” and therefore unlikely to cause a fire. (Large light fixtures and HVAC systems are “high-voltage wiring.”) Local codes usually permit homeowners to perform their own low-voltage wiring, but that doesn’t mean you should try it on your own. A number of different, technical skills are involved—such as knowledge of construction material and layout—that go beyond what you can perform with a basic how-to guide or set of instructions. The tools needed are also expensive, and you probably won’t get extensive use out of them once you’re done wiring up your speakers.

When you bring in professionals to run wires for your speaker set through walls, they’ll select the right wire gauge for the job, use high-grade equipment that lasts, make unobtrusive holes into your walls, and plan out the entire route for maximum efficiency. They’ll help you test the system once it’s done so you’ll know that everything was connected right and you are all set to enjoy the rumbling thunder of that Blu-ray of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

With the assistance of our technicians skilled in electrical installation in Lynnwood, WA, you will have an entertainment system that merges perfectly with your décor—and which will work perfectly as well.

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3 Things to Think About when Installing New Lighting

Monday, March 31st, 2014

You’ve decided that you are finished with simply changing out the light bulbs in your home: you want to re-design the lighting, whether in one room or across the entire house. A light re-design is an excellent way to enhance your home and give it a new feeling without going through expensive and disruptive remodeling. With the right electrician assisting you, you can transform your living spaces into something more vibrant, attractive, and inviting. For this project, you’ll need electricians with years of experience.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has provided electrical installation in Lynwood, WA since 1977, and we have a powerful reputation for quality and reliability.

Three things to consider for your new lighting installation

  1. Lighting for purpose: This means adjusting the type of lighting in your home for the purpose of each room. Too often, houses have the same general scheme for all the lights in the rooms, giving the home a unified yet unsatisfying and bland look. When you install new lights, work with your electrician to come up with a softer scheme for bedrooms, while brightening up the kitchen and other spaces that require work as well.
  2. Upgrade to energy-efficient lights: One of the opportunities that installing new lights affords you is a chance to put in lights that burn less energy than standard bulbs. LED lights are an improvement over incandescent and fluorescent lights with a longer lifespan, consistent color quality, reduction in the amount of heat created, and 75% more lumens released for the same amount energy used in other lights. You can make major cuts in your electrical bills with LED lights, and have superior quality lighting at the same time.
  3. Don’t forget the outdoor lights: Improving the outdoor lighting for your house can serve multiple functions. It increases the value of your home, makes it more attractive to guests, allows you to use outside areas such as patios and decks virtually anytime, and is statistically proven to reduce crime. You can specifically have security lights installed to make your home safer.

Ask your electrician about lighting options

There are many more upgrades and possibilities for installing new lighting inside and outside your home. Your electrician can help you get the most for your new installation with ideas on how to light your home, whether it’s new fixtures or energy-efficient lighting schemes.

When you call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for electrical installation in Lynwood, WA, you’ll work with technicians experienced with indoor and outdoor lighting who will help you find the right new lighting to enhance your life.

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Electrical Needs for a New Entertainment System

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Home technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. Today, homeowners can assemble entertainment systems that rival old movie theaters, using cutting edge audio and video components to watch movies, play games and even surf the Internet as they never have before. If you’re setting up a new entertainment system, you’re basically preparing a new centerpiece for your household, with a lot of different components that need to work together. In the midst of your preparation, don’t forget the electrical needs for a new entertainment system. Here in Everett WA, electrical installation services can help you with the specifics, but you need to be aware of them before you begin.

Entertainment systems require a lot of power to use, particularly the screen which can use a considerable amount of electricity depending on how large it is. Furthermore because they are usually grouped very close to each other, homeowners tend to plug them all into the same outlet (possibly using a surge protector for insurance and/or to provide enough plugs). This can place an inordinate load on the outlet in question, which could lead to an overload and a short if you aren’t careful. In the worst cases, it might even damage your equipment in the process.

Running cables to additional outlet can mitigate the problem, but in those cases, you have to take care to keep them from running across walkways and creating a tripping hazard. And again, without proper surge protection, you’re looking at a potential electrical hazard that could short out one or more components.

A trained electrician can help with all that, first by inspecting the space and then providing recommendations on the best way to meet the electrical needs for a new entertainment system. He or she can install new outlets and run new lines for you, and ensure that your system is well-balanced in the process. He or she can even run cables through the walls so you don’t have to worry about tripping over them.  Electrical services are provided by the Everett, WA electrical installation experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical Inc. We’re ready to help you with every step of your project so give us a call today!

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