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Fall 2013

Reasons to Invest in a Generator This Fall

The majority of your home’s critical appliances probably run on electricity. Obviously, your lights are a huge part of your home’s comfort and if you have an electric water heater or furnace then you rely on electricity even more. If any winter storms knock out power in your area, then your home’s comfort and safety can be threatened. Protecting your home with a whole–home generator is a great way to get peace of mind no matter what. Check out a few reasons why you may want to think about investing in a generator for this fall.

Probably the most important reason to get a generator for your home is that it lets you run your electric appliances even when the power goes out. Depending on the type of generator that you get, it can automatically detect when the power has gone out and start up so that you don’t have to go out in the bad weather to start up the generator manually. In order to install this type of generator, you need the help of a professional electrician who knows how to connect it to your home properly.

While the power goes out in winter more often than other times of the year, the electrical grid may fail you at any time. For example, you may experience brown outs during the summer when many people are running their air conditioning systems and the grid can’t keep up with the demand. In these cases, you could be able to reduce the load on the grid by running your generator, ensuring that everyone gets the electricity that they need.

The most common type of generator is the gas–powered type. These use gasoline to power a motor that creates electricity. There are also natural gas powered generators as well. Because these types of generators use the near–endless supply of natural gas from your utility they can run for a very long time without needing to be refueled. However, in the event of a severe storm, you may not have access to natural gas, which could pose a problem.

Make sure that you call your local generator installation expert for any generator questions that you might have. 

Tips to Consider when Choosing an Electrician

Electricity is an essential part of our everyday life. From lights and computers to cell–phones and air conditioners, almost everything that we use is powered by electricity. Because of its importance, you need to find a skilled electrician to work on your home’s electrical needs. Whether it’s a simple project like moving an outlet or a larger, more complex one like replacing your circuit breaker panel, here are a few things to look for in a new electrician.

One of the first things you should find out is if your new electrician is properly licensed. In order to offer any kind of service, most contractors need to register with your state and receive a unique number. If your electrician can’t produce this number, it could be a sign that something is amiss. 

Insurance is another critical thing to look for. Being an electrician comes with certain risks and you want to know that your electrician has the proper insurance. This protection isn’t just for the contractor: it’s also for you. There are many different legal issues that could happen if an electrician injures himself while on your property but a contractor that has insurance could help provide you some protection from any legal vulnerabilities.

Years of experience is another thing to look for. While it isn’t a deal breaker, you should definitely see if your electrician has been around for a few years. New companies can still provide you with quality work but an older company may have more local knowledge about restrictions and building codes.

Probably the most trustworthy way to figure out if an electrician is good is to get a recommendation from your friends or family. Personal experience is a great way to find any kind of contractor for your home. If your relatives have had a good experience with one particular electrician, it’s likely that he or she can replicate the same level of workmanship and service at your home.

You could also consider calling any potential electricians that you want to hire. By talking with them on the phone you could get a sense of how they treat their customers.

No matter what kind of electrical services you need, it’s always best to call a professional electrician. Not only is electricity important to your home’s basic functioning, but it is also very dangerous if not handled properly.