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

Protect Your Home Against Power Surges

Monday, December 17th, 2018

powerstripWe know how important it is for you to protect your home and property from damage. Today, we depend so much on our electrical devices and appliances to get through the day. We can’t imagine not having access to our washers, dryers, microwaves, computers, or our overhead lights. So, what were to happen if all these appliances stopped working at once?

A power surge is a very real threat to your home’s electric system, so it is important to invest in protecting your home against them. In the blink of an eye, all your favorite devices could be destroyed, and replacing them can cost you and your family thousands of dollars. It is better to invest now to avoid the destruction that a power surge can cause.

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Why Are Whole-House Generators So Important?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

whole-house-generatorYou cannot prepare for everything. There are situations in life that will blindside you, and there are situations that you thought you might encounter eventually that will actually arrive much earlier than expected. That being said, we are big proponents for at least preparing for situations that are likely, and using a whole-house generator is definitely one way to do so. It is only a matter of time before your power goes out and stays out for more than a brief window.

When these power outages happen, is your home prepared? What does being prepared for such outages actually mean? If you ask our electricians, it means having a great whole-house generator in place. Why? We’ll get into that more below, but basically, it comes down to convenience and reliability. There is no situation in which a portable generator is better in the event of a power outage when it comes to keeping a whole house up and running.

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Make Sure That Your Generator Is Working Properly

Monday, August 13th, 2018

residential generatorUgh, you may be saying to yourself, the last thing that I want to think about is a longlasting power outage. What are the chances of that happening, anyway? I’ll just deal with it when I need to. 

That is some seriously flawed thinking there.

Let us ask you some follow up questions.

What do you consider “longlasting”?

What are the chances of strong winds or heavy rains striking (hint: they’re good)?

How are you planning on “dealing with it”?

If your answer to that last question isn’t “by having a trained professional install a whole-house generator for me,” then this is the post for you! A whole-house generator is your best and sometimes only defense against the trouble and challenges that a prolonged power outage can lead to. That is why you need to know that your generator is in great working shape. If not, we can handle your generator repair in Everett,  WA—but it’s best to limit the need for such services.

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Ask Our Electricians: What Is Knob and Tube Wiring?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

stripping-wiresWe do not expect our clients to have a great understanding of how their electrical systems work. That’s what our fine electricians in Marysville, WA are here for. As a homeowner, however, you should have some idea of how your system works—as well as why you may have some concerns about its components, including its wiring. If you live in an older home, then you may have knob and tube wiring in place.

While this is not the disaster that some outlets would lead you to believe, it is a good idea to have your system updated if this is the case. Today, we are going to talk about what knob and tube wiring actually is, and why using it in your home is not really ideal. As always, we urge you to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. Remember, only licensed, professional electricians are qualified to service your electrical system.

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Ask Our Electricians: How Do GFCI Outlets Work?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Our modern lifestyle absolutely demands that we have electricity flowing throughout our homes. The heaters that we use to keep warm, the chargers that keep our laptops and phones charged up, and countless other appliances and devices are all dependent upon the use of electricity. While electricity is so commonplace that we hardly give a thought to it or its use in our day to day lives, it is important to remember that electricity is still quite dangerous.

While electricity still has the potential to be as dangerous as ever, however, our modern electrical systems have an ace up their sleeves—several of them, actually. There are many different safety devices and precautions in place, and the GFCI outlet is one of the most effective and reliable. Chances are that you have GFCI outlets in your house, even if you don’t actually know what they are. Today, we’ll discuss how these outlets work, where they should be installed in your home, and why you need to hire professional electricians in Marysville, WA.

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Ask Our Electricians: What Types of Fuel Do Generators Use?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

generatorOur electricians in Lynnwood, WA are some of the finest in the industry, so it is no wonder that so many homeowners turn to them for informed answers. Some of the questions that they frequently field address whole-house generators. More specifically, which type of fuel sources should homeowners consider when it comes to fueling their whole-house generators. As is the case with most questions regarding electrical systems, the answer is more complicated than simply suggesting the one “best” option.

Today, we want to take this opportunity to discuss some of the various fuels that may be used to power the generators that you use to keep your home up and running in the event of a power outage. If you have any questions, of course, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We know that investing in a new generator is a considerable expense, and you want to make sure that you are making the right decisions every step of the way.

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Ask Our Electricians: Why Use a Whole-House Generator?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

whole-house-generatorThere are a lot of different inconveniences in life. Do you know one thing that many of them have in common? There is really no way in which to know when they’ll strike. That is why a bit of preparedness is always such a good precaution. It definitely pays off when you’re talking about extended power outages. Eventually, the novelty of reading and playing games by candlelight is going to wear off. In fact, it probably won’t take very long at all!

One of the services that our electricians in Lynwood, WA offer is the installation of whole-house generators. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of such a system in your home. This is one of those instances in which it really does make sense to invest in something that, hopefully, you’ll  actually have very little need for over the years. If you do encounter the need, however, you’ll be glad that you had the pros on our staff install and service your system. We always do it right.

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What to Do About Flickering Lights

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

bulbs-in-mirrorWhen some people think of problems with their electrical system, they may think of circuits that are constantly tripping the breaker, or even of electrical fires started by bad wiring. While these are obviously very real and very legitimate concerns, the fact is that there are plenty of other problems that homeowners may encounter that are not quite so dramatic. Just because they are not particularly dramatic, though, does not mean that they should simply be ignored.

One very common problem with electrical systems is the flickering of lights throughout the house. When homeowners have flickering lights, they may be tempted to just write the problem off as a somewhat minor annoyance. In truth, though, flickering lights could be indicative of a pretty serious problem — or they could be resolved with a very simple fix. In either case, you really should not just learn to live with your flickering lights. Keep this information in mind, and don’t hesitate to schedule service with a professional electrician in Shoreline, WA.

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The Benefits of LED Lighting

Monday, October 9th, 2017

an-incandescent-bulbYou are getting ready for bed, and make a quick trip to the restroom before heading down for a good night’s sleep. You flip the light switch on, and your yawn of exhaustion quickly changes to a groan of frustration as the bulb flashes briefly, and then snuffs out. It is just one of those minor inconveniences that can lead to real aggravation in our lives, and there is really nothing that you can do about it. Right?

Well, it is true that there is no light bulb out there today that is going to last forever. This does not mean, however, that there is not a better option out there. If you are using incandescent light bulbs, or even CFL bulbs, throughout your home, then you are missing out. On what, you ask! All of the benefits that LED lighting has to offer! LED lights are unmatched by competing types of bulbs, and in a number of ways.

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A Good Time to Upgrade Outdoor Lighting

Monday, August 14th, 2017

outdoor-sconce-lightingWe’ve had some pretty hot weather around here of late, and the days have been lasting a decent stretch of time. Even so, we’re about a third of the way through August. That means that fall and winter, along with their shorter days, are really not that far away. You may not want to think about that just yet, and we don’t blame you. We do, however, want to remind you that being prepared for the darker time of the year is definitely in your best interest.

Before the daylight really starts to slip away, it is a good idea to think about upgrading your outdoor lighting system in Marysville, WA. Once winter sets in, you are probably going to become less and less inclined to taking care of such projects around your property. Don’t let the opportunity for some great improvements pass you by! Contact a member of our team to consult with a qualified professional. We’ll make sure that your outdoor lighting system is just right for your needs and preferences.

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