If you live on a tight budget, one of the worst things you can face is a higher than expected electric or other utility bill. If this occurs, you may wonder why this happens. In some cases, you may want to talk to an electrician in Los Angeles, such as from H Electric. However, much of the time, the large bill can be attributed to one of five common issues. Learn more about these issues and perhaps you can avoid the surprise of a high electric bill.
- Prices Rise – There’s not much you can do about this but to be informed. Sometimes prices will go up. Most companies will give you 30 days’ notice before any price increase, usually by letter or email.
- Estimated Readings – When companies use estimated readings, every few months they do a “real reading” and in this case, you may have to play catch up, if you used more energy than was expected.
- Higher Energy Consumption – Sometimes you will use more energy than other times. If you just started working at home, or have otherwise spent more time home, if you have added a new household member, if the weather is unexpectedly hot or cold or if you have a faulty appliance, you may use more energy than before.
- Billing Mistakes – Sometimes it happens—even large companies make mistakes. Check your bill carefully to make certain you are only billed for the amount of electricity you used.
- Faulty Meter – On occasion, electric meters are at fault. Try keeping a log of daily readings and see if you can find inconsistencies. This may be the fault of the meter. In these cases, you may be eligible for a discount or refund.
No matter whether your high electric bill is your fault or not, there may be ways that an electrician Los Angeles can help you avoid these problems in the future. Give H Electric a call today and see what we can do for you.
One of the things many people spend a lifetime hoping to add to their home is a hot tub or spa. Unfortunately, adding one of these is not really a plug and go process. There is extensive work that goes into adding a hot tub to your home. For most people, calling a Los Angeles electrician makes sense. It can save you time and keep you from injury. However, even if you do call H Electric or another electrician in Los Angeles, you may want to have a basic idea of what the process entails. Learn more about what you can expect, and then call H Electric for hot tub installation today!
First, you must choose a good location for your hot tub. It must be level, or you have to build a proper platform for it. Additionally, it must be in a spot where you can easily access electricity to power it. It is possible for this to be adjusted as well, but it will cause a bit more work for your electrician.
After the site is prepared, the installer will bring in the hot tub and connect the electricity. There may be certain wiring that must be done to make sure the hot tub remains powered even under heavy use. The wiring is often buried underground so that it is not in the way.
Finally, the last minute tasks are done to get the tub ready for use. This may involve running a cycle of water through and treating the water with the appropriate chemicals. Even if you handle the installation yourself, it can be important to get assistance with the preparation of the water. This will keep you safe while you swim and enjoy your new hot tub with your family and friends. H Electric is happy to help you every step of the way and get you in touch with other specialists as needed, to ensure you have a great hot tub experience.
Surge protectors are something that you may have seen before, or even own. However, they can be more important than you may think in terms of keeping your electrical products safe from harm. Learn more about how surge protectors can help you, then talk to the electrician Los Angeles residents trust and find out if there is more you can do to protect your electronics from power surges.
A surge protector is a fairly simple device. When it is plugged in and another device is plugged into it, the protector acts as a power strip or extension cord. However, when there is a sudden surge of power above the acceptable level, the excess energy is diverted through a grounding wire. Additionally, some high-powered surge protectors have a fuse that will blow if too much voltage manages to get through.
Power surges can come from many different events. The best known reason is from lighting strikes, but it can also be caused by trees falling on power lines and animals disrupting transformers. Anything that can interrupt the flow of electricity can cause a surge. If there is a surge, and your high-tech gadgets are not protected with a surge protector, there is a good chance you could wind up with a fried device. If there is a big storm, you can also protect your electronics by unplugging them—but in the case of an unexpected surge, this is not a solution you can rely on working.
As you can see, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind when it comes to protecting your electronics. A good electrician in Los Angeles, such as the experts at H Electric can give you even more advice and help you make smart decisions when it comes to your electronics and you home’s electricity.
The Los Angeles area is experiencing a growth surge. However, unlike previous surges, more people are choosing to make old houses new again. Much of the time, these old houses need more than just a coat of paint or cosmetic repairs, they often need electrical repairs, such as replacing the electrical service panels. The service panel, or breaker box, distributes the power to each area of your home, essentially acting as a gatekeeper of power in the home.
It is important that the service panel is in good repair because it generally controls the full load of electricity in a home. Should there be a malfunction in this panel, it could cause major issues. Not only could it be a safety issue, a malfunctioning service panel is an annoyance too, keeping you from running the electronic equipment you need on a day to day basis. Another concern is that the older breaker panels, such as those installed in the 1970s and 80s, do not have the ability to manage and contain the large load of electricity used by households of today.
If you have recently moved to a new home and notice telltale signs like flickering lights, blown fuses,and old 2-prong outlets you may wish to call an electrician Los Angeles and see if you need either a service panel repair or replacement. A skilled electrician in Los Angeles, like those from H Electric, can install a new service panel with high load-bearing capacity and specialized fittings.
If you want your older home to have the safety and power of a new home, installing a new service panel is a great first step. Call or contact H Electric today and let us work with you on this replacement job. You will appreciate the upgrade now and well into the future.
Keeping your home cool in the summer is a priority for many homeowners. Ideally, you want to keep the house cool without spending too much on your energy bill. Running the air conditioning system all day will keep the home cool, but without making some changes it is not normally very energy efficient. One of the best solutions is to install an attic, or whole house, fan. These auxiliary fans work with your current AC system to improve performance at an affordable rate.
How Attic Fans Work
These fans work by pulling in air from outside and circulating it throughout the house. However, there is another aspect—these fans push hot air out through the attic. This works on the principle that heat rises, so the warmest air in the home is always escaping, while fresh air circulates throughout. Most homeowners choose to use the fan during the morning or evening hours. Many times the air conditioning can be shut off during these hours, saving energy in this way and bringing the temperatures down low enough to add to comfort throughout the day.
Attic Fan Advantages
In some mild climates, whole house fans may fully eliminate the need for air conditioning. Even in the hottest areas, it will reduce AC usage, saving you money and extending the life of your system. According to industry stats, the cost to run one of these fans is around one-tenth of an air conditioning system. A Los Angeles Electrician from H Electric can further explain the benefits of this type of cooling system.
Attic Fan Installation
These fans are wired into existing circuitry and many of the fans will not require you to cut the trusses of your house. While this is a project that some experienced do-it-yourselfers can tackle, for the best results hiring an electrician is the way to go.
If you are ready to talk to an expert about installing an attic fan in your home, you can contact us through our website at www.ElectricianLosAngeles.com, or you can call us at H Electric – the electrician Los Angeles residents trust.