Spring cleaning tips

This blog is brought to you by your Peoria Electrician and is all about spring cleaning items that need to be done around your home. Some of these items are easy to do yourself; others like your air conditioning system may require a certified technician. Every spring when the weather is nice it is a good idea to check and clean the following items around your home; kitchen ovens, range exhaust fan, refrigerator coils, dryer vent, bathroom fans, ceiling fans and central air conditioning systems. Exhaust fans can be cleaned by using a home vacuum attachment and some soapy water to clean the cover. You might also replace those A/C filters that haven’t been used since the end of last summer season and remember to replace them monthly. If your oven has a self-cleaning option just open the windows and let it clean itself while you sip some ice tea and enjoy our Arizona weather. Your Peoria Electrician wishes you a wonderful spring clean!

Using outdoor lighting for security

This week’s tip is how to use outdoor lighting to make your home safer and is brought to you by your Sun City electricians. Winter is long gone and the warm temps make it easy to leave your home vulnerable to thieves by leaving your windows open. If you have dark areas around your home at night where someone can hide near your entrance or windows consider adding outdoor lights. Adding lights around windows, doors and your garage can greatly reduce the chances of your home becoming a target. Ground lights that shine on your home under windows can be controlled by timers so they only come on during evening hours and motion sensor lights near doors can greatly reduce the chances of someone trying to peer inside. If you are unable to purchase and install them yourself, please contact your Sun City Electricians for a free estimate.  

Bathroom fan running nonstop fix

Today’s tip is brought to you by your Sun City electricians. A bathroom fan can be a great help in reducing the humidity and odors in your bathrooms. The issue with bathroom fans is most of the time they are turned on and forgotten. One issue with leaving the fan on is overuse; this can reduce the longevity of the fan and require it to be replaced more often. A second issue is the risk of fire; bathroom fan motors that run for long periods of time can start attic fires.   Another issue is the electricity it wastes; your Sun City Electricians are always trying to find ways to save you money. A way to reduce these issues is to install a replacement light switch with a built in timer. You can choose from a simple timer to a timer with multiple time settings. For a small cost you can turn on your fan and walk away with piece of mind.

What does being an “Electrician” really mean?

Your Peoria Electricians want to share what the different experience levels are for being an electrician in Arizona. The first stage is starting out as an apprentice. It requires 4-5 years with a merit based company apprentice program like the one offered by your Peoria Electricians at Alive Wire Electrical LLC or the IBEW Union apprentice program. An apprentice is legally only able to complete work under an electrical contractor. Next is a Journeyman electrician, this is the most common education level for an electrician. An electrician can stay as a journeyman electrician indefinitely. They are legally only able to complete work under an electrical contractor. The next stage is a Master Electrician; they must pass stringent testing to meet Master Electrician certification. They can oversee and train the Journeyman and apprentice electricians. They are the ones that determine if an apprentice has met the requirement to become a qualified Journeyman electrician. An Electrical Contractor must pass the Business Examination in addition to achieving the Master Electrician certification. They have verified experience in residential and or commercial installation and service. In addition they must meet state required bond and insurance requirements. Your Phoenix Electricians at Alive Wire Electrical have met all of those requirements. Lastly is the Electrical Engineer, to be an electrical engineer in you must have a minimum of a 4 year degree and they are different than the previous 3 types of electricians because they only do it on paper.

Time to upgrade your electrical system?

Do your lights flicker, or fade when you use certain appliances? Do find yourself dealing with a circuit breaker that trips more often than not? Are you not seeing any GFCI plugs around your home? Has your home started to shock you? If you answered yes, to any of these questions you should at least have your electrical looked at by a licensed professional. Replacing an old electrical system should be done before you have a major issue and find yourself in a emergency situation. Your Phoenix Electricians offer free estimates, we would be happy to take a look to reassure you that your home is safe.

How to check a contractors license status

We all read the horror stories in the paper about a company or individual who collects money and then leaves the homeowners with an incomplete project. Your Peoria Electricians want to give you some tips to help you protect yourself from unscrupulous contractors. Always do your research before hiring anyone, make sure they are licensed, bonded and insured. The Arizona Register of Contractors has a search option on their website to help consumers verify if a contractor is Licensed & Bonded. Just search for Arizona Register of Contractors or AZ ROC to find the website. Click on Contractor Search under Online Services or click the tab at the top of the page for Contractor info & Searches. Once you type in the company or individual name it will show you if they have an active license, a bond and any complaints against them. To check that a contractor is insured just ask for a copy of the current certificate of insurance to make sure the coverage is sufficient for your project. Hiring a contractor with a license means you are hiring someone who has proven knowledge and experience in their field. The contractors bond protects you and can make you financially whole again if the contractor does not do quality work or finish your project. Like the bond, contractors insurance will protect you against a financial loss if someone is hurt on your property while completing your project. Spending a few minutes doing research before you hire anyone can save you thousands.

Childproof outlets (Tamper resistant)

The safety of our customers and their children is always a top concern for your Peoria Electricians. Today I want to talk about updating your home with a tamper resistant outlets and how it will cost you less in the long run. As per the National Electrical Code all new homes built are required to install temper resistant outlets. These outlets will only work when a plug is inserted correctly. They will not work if something is inserted into one of the openings of the outlet, so a child putting an object into one of the openings will disable it and protect the child. Many parents have used the plastic plug covers that work great until your toddler figures out how to pull them out, then they become another choking hazard. Don’t waste money on plug covers when upgrading your outlets to the tamper resistant will protect your family and increase the value of your home.

Have a Safe New Year!

Tomorrow night is when we say goodbye to 2015 and ring in the New Year. For many of us it will be a fun night filled with friends and parties. If you plan to bring in the New Year with a little bubbly, please don’t drink and drive. Your Phoenix Electricians want everyone home safe and sound and AAA in Arizona is helping to make that possible. You can call AAA at the number below and ask for a tipsy tow. They will drive you and tow your automobile to your home or hotel up to 10 miles for free. This is a service that is available to anyone and you do not need to be a AAA member.

 

To request a Tipsy Tow, call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357).

What is a GFCI?

Your Phoenix Electricians install a large amount of GFCI receptacles. You might be wondering what is a GFCI Receptacle? GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter, and it can save your life. An easy way to explain what a GFCI receptacle does, is it acts like a kill switch. In less than a second it can shut off the electricity to avoid fires, shock and the most severe death. If a GFCI detects electricity is traveling in a place it should not, water or a person, it will instantly trip the circuit to stop it.

Natural Lighting

Your Phoenix Electricians bring you tips on how to use lighting during the winter months. Here in the valley we have more sunshine than most so we may not often hear the term Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). During the winter months we have less hours of sunshine and this can lead to feeling gloomy or even more severe Seasonal affective disorder. There are many ways to combat this, one way is to open window blinds and let in as much natural light as possible during the day. Not only does natural light make your home look inviting, but it also boosts your sense of well-being by exposing you to light that emulates sunlight, this improves your mood and sleep cycle. Another is to use lighting in your home to create more light. Light bulbs can be purchased that copy the hues of the sun’s natural light and can create a sunshine in your home. Many new options are available these days to bring the sunshine to you.

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