Brilliant Electric Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Are There Real Advantages to Home Automation?

Monday, March 6th, 2017

remote-home-controlsThe idea of a “House of the Future” capable of running itself with minimal input from the homeowner is coming closer to reality. This futuristic vision will likely never come to full realization because people do like to have some sense of control in their houses. But the advances in home automation systems are impressive and allow people today to leave many minor tasks to the system.

But is a home automation system little more than a luxury, a fun gizmo that homeowners can show to their friends when they visit? It’s a good question that arises from confusion about what a home automation system does. No home needs automation, but all homes can benefit from them, and we’re going to take a look at how exactly home automation can offer advantages to your home.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Electrical Panel?

Monday, December 26th, 2016

The beginning of a new year is a time when homeowners start to make plans about changes and various improvements they want to make to their house. Sometimes the electrical system slips people’s minds because it is easy to take for granted that it will always work. But an aging electrical system can become unreliable… and possibly even dangerous.

We’ll take the example of one of the key components in any home electrical system, the electrical panel (a.k.a. the circuit breaker box). This is the part of the electrical system that divides the incoming current into its various circuits. It also protects the circuits from overloads by flipping breakers. Electrical panels won’t last forever, and this year might be when you need to have yours replaced.

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Install Exterior LED Lights for the Coming Winter Darkness

Monday, November 7th, 2016

As the cold weather approaches, so does the darkness of the winter season. Nightfall will come earlier and earlier, and the overcast days will help make the shroud of the dark emerge even sooner. If you don’t have adequate outdoor lighting for your home to help with safety during the long winter nights, right now is the time to schedule.

What we recommend you do is call up our electricians and arrange to have LED lights put in for your home’s exterior lighting.

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Signs You Need Professional Electrical Repairs

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Repairing the electrical system in your home is a job that must be left to professional electricians. It’s mainly an issue of safety, since poor work on the wiring or other parts of the electrical system (such as the breaker panel) can cause high voltage shocks or lead to a higher danger of electrical fires. Professionals are knowledgeable about the local electrical code and they will make sure that your house is up to code on every job they do.

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Ceiling Fans Are Helpful in Winter As Well

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

During a long summer in Chicago, a professionally installed ceiling fan is an immense help with keeping cool and lowering electrical bills. The movement of air through a space helps to remove the heat envelope from around people’s bodies, and this makes them feel cooler. Thanks to ceiling fans, an air conditioner can usually be set 8°F higher, or even turned off for long stretches, saving energy.

But aside from their decorative function (and many ceiling fans are beautiful to look at), is there anything you can do with a ceiling fan during the cold weather of winter?

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It’s a Good Time to Install a Whole-House Generator

Monday, August 29th, 2016

As summer comes to a close, people will (or should) start to make plans for the coming change in the season. Fall is the best time to have important heating system jobs done, such as routine maintenance or arranging for replacing an aging heating system that may not make it through the approaching winter.

It’s also an ideal time to have a whole-house generator installed if a home doesn’t already have one.

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The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors for Your Home

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Does your home use natural gas to power some of its appliances, such as a furnace, boiler, stove, or oven? If it does, then it must have one or more carbon monoxide detectors installed to protect you and your family from potential dangers due to carbon monoxide poisoning. You can contact our electricians to equip your home with the detectors that will do the job, as well as replace them when necessary.

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Why You Should Have GFCI Outlets Installed in Your Home

Monday, July 25th, 2016

You’ve probably already seen GFCI outlets in numerous places, although you may not have known that was what they are called. These are the outlets that have two buttons between the sets of prongs, one marked RESET and the other TEST. If your home currently isn’t equipped with these types of outlets, you should contact our electricians to arrange for them in the kitchens, and all the bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Should I Have My House Rewired?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

One of the big jobs that we perform for customers in Chicagoland is whole-house (as well as whole-business) rewiring. For older buildings, this is an important upgrade both for electrical capacity and for safety. Because of the scale of this task, you’ll want to know if it’s something that you really need done for your house. Below we’ve listed ways to determine if you should arrange for rewiring. Should you have any doubts, you can always give our expert electricians a call. They’ll be able to tell if you need rewiring, panel replacements, etc., and to what extent.

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The Benefits of LED Lighting

Monday, June 13th, 2016

For many decades, the standard lighting used in homes and businesses were incandescent and florescent. But rapid advances in energy-efficient technology have made LED (light emitting diode) lights more accessible. These lights offer numerous advantages, and if you are considering having a major lighting retrofit for your home’s indoor lighting, you should place LED lights at the top of your list.

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