Covenant Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Why Whole House Surge Protection is Important

Monday, November 7th, 2022
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Today’s homes are filled with smart technology devices and appliances that are meant to enhance and simplify our modern lives. However, the electrical panels in most homes aren’t always able to meet the demands of 21st-century technology devices.

What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that most homeowners aren’t aware that their home’s wiring could actually be damaging those essential, expensive devices we’ve come to depend on. Here are 3 statistics that should give you cause for pause.

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Heed These Signs It’s Time for an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Monday, October 10th, 2022
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Let’s say you’re watching a really good TV show, or maybe you’re in the bathroom blow drying your hair in preparation for an evening out, and then suddenly your power goes out. You go to resent the circuit breakers, and that resolves the problem, but it’s only a short time later that the problem happens again.

This isn’t something you should ignore. Your electrical panel is there to route electrical current, but also to stop electrical current if there is too much, as it can cause problems such as power surges that take out all your appliances over time, and even electrical fires which can be quite dangerous.

It’s important to know the signs of trouble with an electrical panel, and to give us a call when you notice any symptoms of a problem. Read on as we uncover more about why the electrical panel in your home is important and what signs to watch out for that can indicate it’s time for a new one.

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Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring an Electrician

Monday, September 12th, 2022
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It makes sense that when you hire a professional, you want to trust the person or the group of people who will be in your home. You need to know that they will treat your living space with respect, and that they can be reliable. Anyone can say that they will be, and anyone has the capability to be friendly, but you really want more than that, especially when it comes to dealing with your electrical needs.

Not only do you have to keep your home’s functionality in mind, but also the safety. This is why, when you need electrical work done, it’s so important that you contact a trained and experienced electrician, such as the folks on our team! Whether you contact us today or not, however, we want to provide some guidance for you so that you can know everything you should before an electrician comes through your front door. Below are some of the questions we recommend you ask your electrician.

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Why Is Whole-House Surge Protection So Important?

Monday, March 28th, 2022
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Surge protection is required for certain outlets in your home – like ones near your sinks. Our team always recommends surge protection for your entire home. The National Fire Protection Association also supports this recommendation. You know it’s recommended, but why is it so important? 

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Signs You’re In Need of an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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Also referred to as the circuit breaker panel, your home’s electrical panel is tasked with controlling your entire electrical system. Incoming electricity is routed to the different circuits needed for the various appliances and electrical equipment, including lighting, and the circuit breakers are designed to shut off circuits if there’s a voltage overload.

If your electrical panel is aging, or even worse if you’re still using a fuse box, then there’s a good chance you’re overdue for an upgraded electrical panel. Most panels can last from 25-40 years before replacing, but this also depends on how much the electrical demand of your household has increased, and if you ever experience any problems with your electrical system.

Read on as we uncover situations that might indicate it’s time to call us for an upgrade.

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How to Avoid Electrical Shock in Your Home

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Electricity is what has made modern living possible. We have access to “smart” devices to make living our lives more convenient than ever. We can remotely adjust our HVAC systems, turn our lighting on and off, lock the doors, etc. However, the use of electricity can come with hazards, if you don’t take the proper precautions. So, what are these precautions? Read on to find out!

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Protect Your Home with This Electrical Upgrade

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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Also referred to as the circuit breaker panel of your home, the electrical panel is designed to take in so much voltage, and assign it to the various electrical components and wires throughout your living space.

If you have a circuit breaker panel that is aging, or even worse if you have a fuse box, then you are not supplying power to your home as safety as you could be, and you are likely due for an electrical panel upgrade. Most electrical panels last anywhere from 25-40 years before needing replacing, but this largely depends too on how much the electrical demand has grown in your household in that time, and if you’ve ever experienced problems with your current electrical panel.

Keep reading as we uncover some signs that it is, indeed, time for you to upgrade your electrical panel.

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Power Surge 101: Everything You Need to Know

Monday, August 2nd, 2021

plug-sparking-as-it-goes-into-power-stripOne of the biggest misconceptions about power surges is that they only occur due to lightning storms, and you really don’t need to worry about them outside of storm season. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true.

On the contrary, power surges are caused by and impact the electrical appliances and equipment in your home. You can have dozens of small power surges in your home a week and not even know it! And since homes have more precise electrical equipment in them than ever before, it’s important to be aware of this.

You likely have multiple devices connected to your home’s power supply at any time, right? You probably also have a number of charging stations to manage your family’s smartphones and other devices. If you want to protect all these devices, then it’s important to know what a power surge really is and how its voltage can impact your home. And before you tell us you’re not worried because you have power strips in place–that’s not the most ideal solution. Read on to learn more!

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The Benefits of Investing in a Solar Attic Fan

Monday, July 5th, 2021

solar-panels-on-roofWhen we’re in the middle of a hot and sticky summer, there’s only so much a homeowner can do to keep their living space cool. You can make sure you keep your air conditioner tuned-up properly, that you keep your blinds and curtains closed in the middle of the day to keep the sunshine out (especially on south facing windows), and run your solar attic fan!

Wait, what’s that? You haven’t invested in a solar attic fan yet? Well not to worry, it’s never too late!

Wondering what the benefits are? Consider this: On the hottest days of summer, the sun beats down on your roof for hours, while humidity lingers both outside and in your home. Your air conditioner keeps running to try to keep you home cool enough, with its compressor running for longer and longer. Your air conditioner can actually struggle with this, causing exacerbated wear and tear and higher than average energy bills. Fortunately, a professionally installed solar attic fan can help prevent this. 

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Why You Should Be Prepared for Power Surges, No Matter the Weather

Monday, March 15th, 2021

hand-plugging-in-cord-with-sparkHomes today have more technology in them than ever before. And most of this technology relies on that homes’ electrical system. Think about it—you probably have multiple devices connected to your household’s power supply at any given time, right? With many power charging stations handling your portable systems and many high efficiency appliances throughout the living space.

Here’s the thing—a voltage spike from any of those appliances or pieces of electrical equipment can cause irreparable damage to complex electrical equipment. You might think you’re fully protected because you have power strips everywhere. But this actually isn’t enough. We’ll expand on this below—read on!

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