Your home may be hiding a dangerous condition behind the walls. If your home is more than 60 years old, there is a good chance the wiring is outdated. Outdated wiring can be a fire hazard. Decades ago, we didn’t know any better and the wiring in new construction was insulated with cloth. Nowadays, we have coated wires that are much sturdier and pose less of a risk for fire. If you are not sure about the condition of your home’s wiring, give a Los Angeles electrician a call. The team at H Electric can schedule an electric inspection to investigate.
Cloth, as you probably know, can wear down and deteriorate over time. This leaves the wires bare. Rodents also like to munch on the cloth wiring. You will likely not even realize this is happening because it is happening behind the walls. Your first clue may be things like getting an electric shock when you plug something in or lights that flicker for no apparent reason. In some cases, you can see what kind of wiring you have by checking out the electric panel. You may be able to see the wires going to the breakers—if you have breakers. There is a possibility you still have fuses.
Don’t be surprised if you don’t know what you are looking for. This is why you want to hire an electrician. Los Angeles residents can count on an electrician to tell them what is needed to bring a home up to today’s standards. If the cloth-insulated wiring in your home is in excellent condition, you may not need to worry about an upgrade just yet. You can certainly discuss your options with an experienced electrician. Give the team at H Electric a call today and schedule your electric safety inspection to find out what you need to make your home safe.
You know your air conditioner costs a lot of money to run, but you have to use it in order to stay comfortable. In many cases, not using air conditioning is actually a bit of a health hazard. When you are looking at your electric bill and trying to figure out where you can start cutting corners to save on electric consumption, you need to know which things are costing you the most. A Los Angeles electrician is here to tell you the top 10 energy hogs in your house. If you would like more information about electricity usage and energy savings tips, give H Electric a call today.
Starting from the least amount of electricity used and working up to the most, the top 10 things in your home running up your electric bill are as follows.
• Clothes dryer
• Televisions—technically a single television would cost you less than an electricity, but most homes have several televisions which bumps it up on the list
• Water heater
• Cooling system
• Heating system
As you can see, heating your home in the winter and cooling it in the summer are your biggest uses of electricity. While you can’t do much about using your heating and cooling, you can certainly reduce your use of the other 8 items on the list to save you money. You can also have a ceiling fan installed by an electrician. Los Angeles homeowners can save money on heating and cooling costs by using a fan to circulate the air and reduce the demand on the heater or air conditioner. If you want to learn more about energy savings or want to get a ceiling fan or two installed, give H Electric a call today.
If your bath fan quit working or you don’t have one in your bathroom, you are probably wondering if it is really necessary to go through the trouble of installing a new one. It is and a Los Angeles electrician will explain why you will want to have a functioning bath fan in each bathroom. If you have more questions about bath fans, you can call H Electric and discuss bath fans with one of our team.
The fans are necessary to keep the moisture out of your home. Moisture is extremely damaging and can result in mold growth as well as wood rot. You have probably heard plenty of horror stories about the damage mold can do to a home. It isn’t just the rot you have to worry about, it the health of your family as well. Mold spores can make inhabitants of the home extremely ill and in some cases lead to death. While those are extreme cases, it isn’t something you want to risk.
You have probably noticed moisture on your bath fixtures, the walls and possibly even the ceiling in your bathroom after you have taken a hot shower. This is the condensation that promotes mold growth. It may not look like much, but over time, it continues to build and fester. A bath fan will help pull that moisture out of the air. Because of the wiring involved with the installation of a bath fan, you will need an electrician. Los Angeles homeowners will be happy to know that many of the modern bath fans on today’s market are equipped with lights and heaters. You don’t have to worry about stepping out of the shower and into a cold room. If you would like to do what is necessary to protect your home, give H Electric a call to schedule your bath fan installation.
Get ready for a hot summer with the installation of an attic fan. Attic fans are an excellent addition to any home that has an attic or crawl space. These spaces are typically window free and almost completely sealed. In the hot weather, they are harbingers of the heat from the outside and the heat inside your home. As the heat rises in your home, it becomes trapped in the attic. The heat has nowhere to go because of the sealed environment. A Los Angeles electrician is here to explain to you how an attic fan can help keep your house a little cooler this summer, while saving you a little money on your cooling bill. You can call H Electric to learn more about attic fans.
An attic fan will need to be installed by an experienced electrician. Los Angeles homeowners will want an electrician who is capable of running the wiring needed to run the fan to the attic. In most cases, the fans are controlled by a thermostat and you won’t have to worry about crawling into the attic to turn it off or on.
The fan will pull the hot air out of the room and push it outside while pulling in the air from outside. The fans are best used when placed under an eave where there is some shade and the air is cooler. Even if it is 90 degrees outside, the air is likely going to be cooler outside than in the attic. With the hot air being removed from the attic, your home will start to feel cooler without your air conditioner working over time. When the hot air is trapped above the ceiling, it is difficult to ever really cool the home completely. If you would like to be cool this summer without paying a fortune, give H Electric a call today and schedule your attic fan installation.
There are times when you will need to call an electrician to take care of problems in your home that are beyond your area of expertise. Because your home is truly your castle, you want to take some time checking out anybody who is going to be doing work in your home. The following list is some of the traits you should look for when hiring an electrician in Los Angeles. You can count on the electricians at H Electric to meet each one of these qualities.
1-Any professional that comes into your home should have the proper training and certification by the state or county.
2-An electrician should be licensed and bonded to protect your interests and that of the electrician’s.
3-A dependable electrician is a must. You can’t afford to put off electrical problems until an electrician can get to it. You want a Los Angeles electrician who will be there when expected and who will get the job done and not leave you hanging.
4-Honesty is another important quality. You don’t want somebody who is just out to make a quick buck off of you, the homeowner, who may not know what is entirely necessary and what is extra work.
5-The electrician should be willing to give you a detailed quote about what work needs to be done and what you can expect to pay for the work. This quote should include materials as well.
6-A solid reputation within the community is very important. Talk with your friends, neighbors and family to get recommendations.
If you are leaning towards a specific electrician, ask if anybody has had any personal dealings with the company.
It can be difficult to randomly choose an electrician to do work in your home, but if you look for each of these qualities, you should do just fine. If you need electrical work, give H Electric a call today.
Let’s talk money. It is one of those subjects that is typically discussed in polite company, but everybody faces the same ordeal. No matter how much you have, it just seems like you could always use just a little bit more. Whether you want a few more dollars to buy the kids that special something they have been wanting or maybe you had an unexpected expense come up. An electrician in Los Angeles has some tips to help you save a few dollars every month on your electric bill. At H Electric, the team is ready to talk with you about any other electrical problems or concerns you have.
1-Start with the obvious and make a concerted effort to shut off lights, televisions, iPod docking decks and so forth when they are not in use.
2-Replace any of the older incandescent bulbs (that have since been phased out) with CFLs or LED bulbs. This can save you an easy $20 or so on your electric bill.
3-Switch to Energy Star appliances. You don’t have to do this all at once. Slowly replace an outdated appliance with a more energy efficient one when the budget allows.
4-Only wash full loads of laundry and air-dry whenever possible. There are plenty of portable racks you can use indoors, use a clothes line or even on the patio of an apartment or condo.
5-Have a ceiling fan installed by a Los Angeles electrician to help cut down your heating and cooling costs. The fan rotates the air you are paying to heat or cool and reduces the need for your heater or air conditioner.
6-Learn more about phantom power and how you can stop it by unplugging any appliance, charger or other electronic device when it is not in use.
If you would like to learn more about energy savings, give H Electric a call today.
Storms, wild animals, accidents and just completely random acts can all result in a power outage. They can happen day or night, you just never know. Sometimes the power outage lasts just a few brief minutes and other times, depending on the cause, it can last for hours. It is always best to be prepared for a long power outage so you are never left scrambling trying to find resources like flashlights and batteries. You don’t want to be one of those people running from store to store trying to find a flashlight only to find you were too late and they are all sold out. A Los Angeles electrician has some advice for what you can to today to prepare for the power outage that is likely to eventually happen. You can call H Electric for more tips.
*Stock up on at least 2 flashlights now. An extra set of batteries for each is also a good idea. It doesn’t hurt to have at least one flashlight for every person living in the house. This allows them to carry the flashlight to the bathroom or around the house.
*Have emergency candles on hand along with sturdy candleholders. On a side note, these candles drip a lot of wax so it doesn’t hurt to have coasters to place the candleholders on. Make sure you have matches or a lighter as well.
*As an extra layer of precaution, keep a bottle of water purification tablets with your kit. Depending on your water supply system, you may need to provide your own clean drinking water. If you are on a well system, you may want to consider having a standby generator installed by an electrician.
Keep all of these items in a small tote in a place every member of the household can find. Include a list of emergency phone numbers in the kit. If you would like more information about generators, give H Electric a call today.
We use electricity every day of our lives. We are so used to electricity that we don’t even think twice about it. That is until it is gone and causes a major hiccup in your life. However, because we are surrounded by electricity, we need to be aware of the dangers of electricity and how we can be safe around it. These safety tips should be taught to children as well. A Los Angeles electrician is here to give you a few tips and best practices in order to stay safe around electricity. You can call H Electric to get more information.
1-If you have little ones, use outlet covers to keep the kids from poking anything in the outlets.
2-Have GFI outlets installed in the kitchen and bathroom areas to help reduce the risk of electric shock when using appliances around water. This is something you will want to have completed by an electrician. Los Angeles homeowners will appreciate the additional layer of safety these outlets provide.
3-Avoid using extension cords if you can. If you have to use one, it should only be a temporary fix and not a permanent solution. Do not overload the extension cord.
4-Never use an appliance that has a cord that is damaged in any way. Wrapping electric tape around exposed wires is not a fix.
5-Listen to your breakers. If a breaker trips repeatedly or for no obvious reason, leave it alone and do not reset it. Call an electrician to investigate the problem. Continuously tripping breakers are a sign there is something wrong with the wiring.
One of the best ways to help you identify any potential hazards is by having an electrical safety inspection completed by an electrician. This will help give you peace of mind as well as point out any dangers you may have been unaware of. Give H Electric a call today if you would like to learn more about electrical safety or want to have a safety inspection completed.
With temperatures dropping, you will likely find yourself wanting to add a little heat to an area to stay comfortable. After the warm summer months, a chilly day can be a little bit of a shock and you will be clamoring for the space heater to stay warm. Before you do, your Los Angeles electrician has a few words of advice for you. The team at H Electric wants you to know how to use your space heater safely without risk of starting a fire. Unfortunately, too many home fires are started by space heaters being used incorrectly.
Before you plug in the heater, do an inspection. Check to make sure the heater looks good and doesn’t have any holes in the screen or damaged parts on the actual body of the heater. The cord is the next point of inspection and deserves careful consideration. Follow the cord from end to end looking for any exposed wires or signs of damage like rodent chew marks. Look at the actual plug and make sure there are not wires exposed. If it is all good, you are ready to plug it in.
But, before you do that, consider where you will plug in your heater. You may be tempted to put it under your desk to keep your feet warm or right next to your favorite spot on the couch, but you need to choose wisely according to your electrician. Los Angeles residents need to realize that every electrical item needs room to breathe or vent. Putting a space heater too close to a wall, furniture or any other obstruction can cause it to overheat and in some situations, start a fire. The heat produced by the heater may also ignite furniture, drapes or any other flammable material. Always place your heater in an area that allows plenty of room around the device. If you have any more questions about space heater safety, give H Electric a call today.
Before you buy a car, you go through some checks to make sure it is in good running condition and that it is safe. Before you buy a house, you take the time to check out the cosmetic nature of the home and maybe flip on a light or two and check out the plumbing, but you can’t see through the walls or see loose wires. Although these are problems that can be fixed, you still need to know about them. Having an electrical safety inspection completed by a Los Angeles electrician is exactly what you need to feel a little better about the safety of a home you have recently purchased or even a home you have lived in for years. H Electric has a team of qualified professionals who can complete one of these inspections and give you a little peace of mind.
An electrical safety inspection evaluates the current condition of a home’s wiring and checks for any signs of trouble. A look into the breaker panel is also done to check for any issues. An electrician will go about checking the condition of outlets, switches and the wattage of current lightbulbs to ensure they are safe for a particular light fixture. The inspections are fairly simple, but can give you a lot of information about a home.
Any items that are found to be potential problems are reported the homeowner by the electrician. Los Angeles residents will then have the opportunity to have the items taken care of and completed up to the current code. This can help save you money on your homeowner’s insurances, especially if you have purchased an older home. Once an inspection is completed, you will know exactly what you are dealing with and can start making plans for necessary repairs. If you are ready to schedule your electrical safety inspection, give H Electric a call today.