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 If your home is more than 60 years old, there is a good chance the wiring is outdated. Outdated wiring can be a fire hazard.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.
Having a new shop built or a new pole building is an excellent way to add value to your home. You can eliminate the need for a storage unit and keep all your things within a few feet of your home. It is convenient and a smart investment. Maybe you are a hobbyist who needs a little room to do what you love and have decided to have a building put up that will give you all the space you need. Whatever the case may be, your building is not complete without the help of an electrician in Los Angeles. You will find a team of professional and knowledgeable electricians at H Electric who are able to help you make your new building complete.
You will need electricity in your shop. No matter if your hobby requires you to use electric tools or it is all done by hand, you need electricity to be able to see. Depending on the size of your shop and your electrical needs, you may need an additional electric panel dedicated to your shop. This is something an electrician will evaluate during an initial consultation. A dedicated panel or a sub-panel gives you plenty of electricity in the building without worrying about overloading your existing panel and causing breakers to trip. It is dangerous to overload an existing breaker or panel and can result in serious problems.
Because there is a lot of intricate electric work involved, it is imperative you leave the wiring of you new shop to somebody who is familiar with Los Angeles electrical codes. This ensures your shop is wired safely and you will not have to worry about running extension cords to your equipment. In many cases, extension cords are not recommended for certain power tools. Do what is necessary to make your new pole building complete. Call H Electric and schedule your consultation today.
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.
Summer nights are here and it is time to create another summer full of memories that you will cherish forever with friends, neighbors and family. The nights are a perfect time to enjoy the cooler summer weather with the people you enjoy the most. While enjoying a backyard barbecue or stargazing, you want to be able to see what you are doing. Walking around a dark yard is an accident waiting to happen. An electrician in Los Angeles is here to explain the difference between solar and electric landscape lights. At H Electric, we pride ourselves on high quality work that will leave you satisfied.
Solar lights are great for placing some quick light around your yard. They are easy to install and can be placed along your sidewalks and around your deck. However, they cannot be placed in areas where there is a great deal of shade without interfering with their ability to properly light up. Solar lights need at least 8 hours of direct sunlight every day to recharge. Without adequate sunlight, the lights will fail to stay lit throughout out the evening.
Electric lights require a little more work up front, but they are much more reliable and tend to be brighter than their solar counterparts. The lights can be placed in shaded areas without worrying they won’t get enough sunlight to work. You will need to have an electrician familiar with Los Angeles electrical intricacies complete the electric light installation. Your electrician will wire the set of lights directly into your home’s electric panel. You can opt to have the electrician install a timer that will control when the lights turn off or on or you can have a standard light switch installed that gives you complete control of turning the lights off and on. Give H Electric a call today and schedule your outdoor lighting installation.
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.
Living in Los Angeles is often a dream for many people. The gorgeous weather year round, the nearby beaches and the star sightings make LA one of the most desirable places to live. Land is at a premium in the area, but if you have been lucky enough to find the perfect piece of property, you will want the perfect home to sit atop that property. Your dreams of living in the Los Angeles area won’t be complete without your dream home. You need an electrician in Los Angeles, like those at H Electric, to help your dream become a reality you can actually enjoy.
When you choose to build your home from the ground up with a professional contractor, you will get a say in every facet of the construction process. It is an exciting journey you will want to cherish. Sure, there will be a few headaches, but those are minor bumps in the road. You can help eliminate some of the headaches home construction brings on by choosing your crew wisely. You need to hire a team who will listen to your wants and needs. One member of your team you will want to choose carefully is a person who is familiar with Los Angeles electrical codes.
Part of your interaction with an electrician will include deciding the number of outlets you want in a room and where you want them. This may sound like a silly matter, but when you go to plug in your wall-mounted flat screen and the cord doesn’t quite reach, you will realize how important this little detail is. There are other details like light fixtures, dimmer switches and data lines that are all part of the new construction process that will require an electrician. If you are planning your new home, give H Electric a call today and schedule your consultation.
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.
This spring, you are probably planning a lovely summer vacation. Vacations take money, which means you will need to start setting some aside in order to fully enjoy yourself. Now is the time to take a look at your budget and figure out where you can save a few extra dollars. If you have an electric car, you probably bought the car with the goal of saving money on your gas bill every week. And then you realized that the cost savings isn’t quite as much as you thought it would be because your car isn’t fully charge and you are forced to rely on gasoline. This is likely due to the fact you have a trickle charger or what is often referred to as a Level 1 charging station. If you want to make your car work better for you, you need an electrician in Los Angeles. At H Electric, you will find a team of professionals who can take care of any electrical job you have quickly and professionally.
You can invest in a Level II charging station if you are keen to make your electric car a little more economical. If you have discovered your commute is using up the life of the battery in your car on day 1 of your weekly commute, you could benefit from a Level II station. A Level 1 battery charging station typically takes about 24 hours to fully charge the battery in your car. It isn’t likely you have a full 24 hours off between shifts, which means your car isn’t getting charged. However, the faster charging station will charge your car in about 8 hours.
An electrician will need to take care of the Los Angeles electrical needs by installing a 240-volt outlet for you to plug the Level II station into. This is not a typical outlet and most garages don’t already have on available. If you would like to start making your electric car a little more economical, give H Electric a call today.
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.
With summer quickly approaching, it is a good idea to start taking care of the little things around the house. One of the top priorities should be your cooling system. It is a good idea to schedule the maintenance needed for your air conditioner now, before something breaks and becomes a much bigger problem. You can also contact your local electrician in Los Angeles to schedule a ceiling fan installation. The team at H Electric is ready to help you prepare for the scorching summer temperatures.
A ceiling fan can help save you money on your electric bill all year round. You can start using it this spring to provide a cool breeze on days that are warm, but not hot enough that you need to turn on your air conditioner. This will save you money and prevent you from making the house so cold you end up piling on the blankets! When the air conditioner is on, you will want to have the ceiling fan on pulling the hot air up and out of the room while keeping the cool air moving instead of getting stuck near the floor.
When the cool air is trapped near the floor by the hot air, the thermostat will register the hot air and keep your air conditioner running. That will cost you a lot of money and will wear down your AC unit. But, you can prevent this by having a ceiling fan installed by your local electrician. Los Angeles residents will be happy to know a ceiling fan is also beneficial during the winter months as well. When the rotation of the blades is switched, the fan pushes that hot air that rises down to where you are sitting and once again the thermostat will register the warm air and prevent your heater from working overtime. Call H Electric today and schedule your ceiling fan installation.