Brilliant Home Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Why Does Your Home Need a Deicing System?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
Icy roof

Here in Chicago, with the average snowfall being 36 inches per winter it’s imperative that you prepare for winter storms, and that your home is equipped to handle the storms as well. People who install deicing systems prior to Chicago’s winter season are able to prevent water damage, ice build up, and blistered paint all of which are all costly damages to repair. 

What Does a Deicing System Do? 

Here in the midwest where ice and snow storms are commonplace in the winter, you can expect your home to have ice blockages which will end up slowing the melting process. This allows the ice to get underneath your roof’s shingles, and cause water damage in your home. A deicing system is able to detect and melt snow and ice that would otherwise build up in your gutters, and melts the ice and snow so that there is enough space for the water to run down your gutters. This also prevents trapped water to ensure your house will not suffer from water damage. 

“Heat Cables on Roof – Ice Dam Prevention” by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Brilliant Home Services Can Install Deicing Systems

When installed correctly, deicing systems are extremely efficient in preventing ice build up. Brilliant Home Services can install and check to make sure self-installed deicing systems are working properly.

Brilliant Home Services offers complimentary home evaluations for new deicing systems. Give us a call this spring to prevent damages to your home from winter storms!

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Landscape lights not working?

Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Landscaping Lights

Many of us had landscape lights installed outside our home years ago. Over those years, our landscapers have brought in fresh mulch, year after year. It is important to let them know those junction boxes in between the lights need to remain accessible; they should not cover them. Because most lights today are low voltage, underground circuit tracers have a harder time locating those buried boxes. So, when the lights stop working, if those boxes are buried beneath the mulch, it makes the repairs that much harder.

Many times, those boxes are in the ground and fill up with water. After you have turned off the power, check the connections in the box for short circuits where the moisture has caused the problem. If you need assistance, feel free to call us or contact us through the website. Click here for $25 off an electrical repair.

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Do your smoke detectors beep for no reason?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Smoke detectors will sometimes let us know when their battery is running low by beeping randomly. Many homes have 120 volt smoke detectors with a battery backup in case the power goes out and those units will beep as well. 120V devices are interconnected so if you have more than one in your home, when one goes, off, they all go off. This is a safety issue to let you know there is smoke somewhere in your home regardless of where you are.

Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors do need to be replaced. Underwriter Laboratories [UL] who approve the various detectors give them on average, a 10 year approval duration. That duration is based on the devices’ inside components that detect either smoke or carbon monoxide. They are manufactured to not go off when minute traces of smoke or CO2 are in the air but with years of exposure to dust build up, replacement is necessary to properly protect you and your family.

If your home is older than 10 years old and you haven’t replaced your devices, turn off the power to them and put in new ones so you can rest assured they will work when needed. Check out our page on Smoke Detectors for more information. If you’d prefer to have a certified electrician handle it for you, please give us a call!

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Are Your Lights Flickering?

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Are your lights flickering in a room when you adjust the dimmer? Did changing the bulbs not solve the problem? The issue is probably an outdated dimmer. Many of the dimmers in homes were manufactured before LED bulbs were the mainstream. Older versions of dimmers will cause LED bulbs to blink or flicker leaving frustrated homeowners unaware of the cause. If you have this problem, pick yourself up a new dimmer.

Option 1: DIY

There are a couple of things to check before you take on this project though. First, make sure that before you walk to the register you have checked the new dimmer packaging. It should say that it can be used with LED bulbs. Second, you always need to make sure you turn off the circuit breaker before you start any electrical project.

Option 2: Leave it to the pros

If DIY electrical projects aren’t your thing, then call a certified electrician. Brilliant Home Services can have your dimmer replaced by a certified electrician quickly and safely. Give us a call and we will take the headaches out for you! You can follow these links to find out more about additional indoor lighting issues and other electrical services from Brilliant Home Services.

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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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