You need a ceiling fan to help you keep your home cool this summer without running up your electric bill. A ceiling fan uses a fraction of the electricity that an air conditioner uses. In fact, running your AC 24 hours a day, seven days a week can cost close to $400 a month. A ceiling fan on the other hand, only costs about $60 a month running on high all day and night. While a ceiling fan won’t cool your air per se, it circulates the air and creates a nice breeze that makes you feel cool and ultimately, more comfortable. You will need a Pasadena electrician, like those at H Electric to install the fan for you.
You will need to take care of picking the right fan out that will suit your décor. It is important that you pay attention to the details on the box. You will find what size of room each fan works best in. This is information you won’t want to ignore. Buying a fan that is too small will not provide much help in circulating the air. Buying a fan that is too big for a room is just as bad. If the blades are so long they nearly touch the wall, the air that is produced will be running along the walls instead of into the area you are sitting.
If you are planning on placing the fan where the existing light fixture is at, you will need to make sure you buy a fan that has a light assembly. If the fan doesn’t have a light included, you can typically buy a light assembly that will give you what you need. This is best installed by an electrician. Pasadena homeowners that have vaulted or cathedral ceilings will need to buy a fan with an extension rod and a remote control to adjust the speed. Give H Electric a call today and schedule your ceiling fan installation.
It is time to talk dollar and cents. It is summer time and that means gas prices are going to go up. In fact, they already have. The cost of everything has gone up significantly in the past few months, including electricity. It makes sense to start looking for ways to save a few dollars here and there on the electric bill so you can still afford gas for your car and food for your family. An electrician in Pasadena has a few tips for you to help you reduce the amount of electricity you use on a monthly basis. You can always count on H Electric to provide you with information you need about energy savings.
Before you can truly start reducing your electric bill, you need to know what appliances in your home are driving the electric bill up. The biggest offender is your air conditioning unit. Its electricity demands are much higher than anything else in your house. By using ceiling fans, keeping the blinds closed and turning the thermostat up a couple of degrees, you can effectively reduce your Pasadena electric bill.
Your water heater is the next culprit. Limit hot showers and wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. Check the thermostat on your water heater. In many cases, it is turned up to a whopping 140 degrees. You could never use this hot of water on your skin without ending up being scalded. There is no point in heating the water to that point. Turn it down to 125 and you can save money.
Lighting is often the first thing you think of when you consider ways to reduce your electric bill. While turning off lights helps, you can also make a bigger impact by switching all of your light fixtures to CFLs. This can equate to a quick $20 in savings without sacrificing anything. Give H Electric a call to learn more or to have a new ceiling fan installed.
You may have heard a lot about the various fans available for your home, but do you know why there are so many? Did you know that fans can help reduce moisture and keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter? There are too many benefits to fans not to go out and get one of these today. If you were not aware of the many different fans available, check out what your Pasadena electrician has to say. The team at H Electric can explain more in depth about each of these fans if you have any more questions.
You are probably used to seeing the light switch that turns these fans off and on in plenty of bathrooms before, but may not realize how important they truly are. The fans are not there solely for the purpose of keeping a bathroom smelling fresh. They are there to keep the moisture in the bathroom down as well. It is important to turn on the fan before stepping into the shower to keep the condensation from building up and ultimately rotting the wood in your home.
Ceiling fans are an excellent way to save money on your heating and cooling costs. They circulate the warm air produced by the furnace in the winter and the cool air the air conditioner pushes into the room. You will want to have a fan installed by an electrician. Pasadena homeowners may want to have a fan placed in each room of the home for maximum benefits.
Attic fans are ideal for homes that have an attic that isn’t finished. Hot air is trapped in the space during the summer, which can drive your cooling bill up. An attic fan pulls out the hot, stuffy air in the attic that is often in excess of 120 degrees and pulls in cooler air from outside.
Give H Electric a call today to get your home outfitted with fans that will prevent damage and keep your home comfortable.
Your electric car has the potential to save you a lot of cash this summer, if you use it right. By that, we are referring to the charging station you use to charge the car so it can run off of a battery rather than gasoline. Depending on the make and model of electric car you own, you will probably get an average of about 35 miles per full battery charge. If you already own an electric car with a Level I charger, you have probably realized that it takes a good 24 hours to fully charge your car. An electrician in Pasadena can help you shorten that charging time by half or more. The team at H Electric is here to help you save even more money on your weekly gas bill by installing an outlet that will support a Level II charger.
Level II chargers, also simply referred to as fast chargers, can give an electric car a full charge in as little as six hours. This is much more convenient for the family who is regularly on the go. The faster chargers require more electricity to operate, which is why you need an electrician familiar with Pasadena electrical needs. A 240-volt outlet will need to be installed in the area where you park your car. This outlet is not the standard outlet you would find in the garage or outside under the carport. It is the kind of outlet that is used to run your air conditioner or clothes dryer.
Before an electrician installs the outlet, you will need to have an electric panel inspection to determine whether or not your existing panel has enough room to support a 240-volt outlet. This is all information your electrician can explain to you in more detail. Give H Electric a call today to schedule your initial consultation.
With the summer storm season getting underway, it is time to start planning how to deal with the power outages that tend to happen during a particularly wild storm. Although there is nothing you can really do about the outage, you will need to take steps to limit the damage a power outage can cause. A Pasadena electrician can help you prepare to handle what will most likely be a short-lived lack of electricity. If you have questions, you can count on H Electric to provide you with the answers. If you are home and the power goes out take these steps.
1-Unplug all of your appliances from the wall. This includes televisions, computers, gaming systems and so on. When the power does come back on, the demand for power by all the appliances that are plugged in will create a power surge. This can damage sensitive electrical equipment and end up costing you hundreds of dollars.
2-Inform the family they need to keep the refrigerator shut during the duration of the outage. This can save you from having to toss out all of your food because it spoiled. Your refrigerator will maintain its temperature for about four hours as long as the door remains shut. Your freezer will maintain its temperature for up to 24 hours.
3-Have some flashlights set aside so they are easily accessible when the lights go out. It is a good idea to keep these in a safe place so they are not missing when you need them most. If flashlights are not something you want to deal with, you can consider having a generator installed by an electrician. Pasadena homeowners won’t have to worry about doing anything when the power goes out with a backup generator on hand.
If you have any more questions about what to do when the power goes out, give H Electric a call today.
Your home is an investment that you hope will continue to grow and mature. As you know, it takes a lot of hard work to keep your home safe as well as modern and appealing. Some upgrades are purely cosmetic, but they are worthy. Safety features are certainly worth it, including an investment in a standby generator. An electrician in Pasadena is here to tell you about generators and how they can keep your home powered despite a bad storm. At H Electric, our team of experts is ready to help you with your goal of adding a backup power system to your home.
A standby generator is essentially a fail-safe to the power grid. You have probably experienced more than one power outage in your life. Sometimes, the power outage was short and sweet and didn’t give you any trouble. Then, there are times when the outages extend for hours or even days depending on where you live. Long power outages can be a real drag. Your family will no doubt start to express their unhappiness with the lack of electricity to power their gadgets.
A generator will need to be installed by an electrician familiar with Pasadena electrical needs. It will essentially become a fixture in the backyard or on the side of the house depending on where the electric panel is. The generator will be hard-wired into your home’s electric service. When the power goes out during a storm or for whatever reason, the generator will automatically turn on and restore power to your home. You won’t have to go outside to plug in extension cords or start up the generator. You can remain indoors where it is safe and comfortable. You can count on the team at H Electric to walk you through the process of choosing a standby generator and completing the installation. Give us a call today.
If you are looking for an economical way to brighten up your kitchen, hallway or closet, you will want to investigate something known as LED light strips. These light strips are increasing in popularity as people discover all of the benefits to having the strips installed by a Pasadena electrician. The strips give you the freedom to choose just how much light you add to a space. If you have never heard of them before, read on or give H Electric a call to learn more.
LEDs are one of the latest and greatest lighting options hitting the market today. They are one of the ideal lighting options for energy savings. There has been plenty of talk about CFLs replacing incandescent bulbs and while those bulbs are certainly more energy efficient than the old style, LEDs are even less costly to run. Most LEDs are just 37 watts, but are as bright, if not brighter, than a standard light bulb. Another bonus to these tiny lights is their lifespan. They last thousands of hours longer than a typical bulb.
The light strips can be mounted underneath a kitchen cabinet, in a dark closet or as runway lights down a hallway. The possibilities are truly endless. The lights will need to be installed by an electrician. Pasadena homeowners can inform the electrician where they would like the lights and the electrician will go about wiring the lights to a plug that will be plugged into an outlet. If an outlet is not readily available for the lights, the electrician can install one. This will depend a great deal on available breakers in the existing electric panel. Typically, a single outlet will not require any panel upgrades. If you would like to learn more about LEDs or would like to have LED light strips installed in your home, give H Electric a call today.
With spring dawning, you are probably looking around your yard and wondering what projects you can get done for this year. It is fun and exciting to make upgrades and improvements to our homes. Each improvement is usually something that suits our particular style and interests. If you are somebody who loves to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air whenever possible, you may want to consider making your project for 2014 an outdoor room. With the help of an electrician in Pasadena, like those at H Electric, you can build a room that will give you the best of both worlds–the comfort of indoors with the freshness of the outdoors.
An outdoor room is basically a patio with a roof and partial walls. Beams will support the roof, but the sides are left open to allow the air to circulate. You can opt to have a full kitchen outside or a nice sitting area. It really depends on what you like to do outside. Some outdoor rooms are very luxurious with televisions, radios and every other luxury you would expect to find in a typical living room. You will need an electrician to take care of the Pasadena electrical wiring. Your outdoor room will be complete with outlets and lighting and even a fan if you desire.
The possibilities are endless and you have the freedom to pick and choose the amenities you want in your own outdoor living space. Some rooms include a screen around the walls to help keep out the bugs that will certainly want to visit while you are relaxing outside and out of the glare of the sun. Take some time to explore all the options available to you and determine what your budget will be. Once you have made a few decisions, give H Electric a call to begin the process of making your dream of an outdoor room a reality.
With spring here and summer just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about your landscaping. Summer days are long, but with kids out of school and folks wanting to take advantage of the gorgeous summer nights, it is important to consider safety. People tend to stay out and about long after the sun goes down. This means you will need to make sure your yard is well-lit. You certainly don’t want anybody twisting an ankle or tripping while strolling through your yard. An electrician in Pasadena, like those at H Electric, can help you make your yard safe and beautiful with the installation of landscape lighting.
There are plenty of different styles and sizes of electric outdoor lights you can choose from. You are sure to find a style that compliments your home while adding a layer of safety to your landscaping. The lighting can also be used to highlight areas of your landscaping that are worthy of a little extra attention. Maybe you have a gorgeous rose garden you toil long and hard in or a magnificent water feature that would be even more beautiful with the addition of a spotlight. These are all things you can communicate to your Pasadena electrician.
The electrician will go through the process of establishing where you want the lights and then take care of the installation process, which includes burying the wiring between the lights. The light string will be wired into your home’s main power. From there, you can choose to have a light switch installed or a timer. You can be set to your specifications based on when you want the lights to turn on and when you would like them to turn off. If you are ready to get your landscaping ready for the upcoming summer season, give H Electric a call today and schedule your installation.
Are you feeling the itch to do a little spring cleaning around the house? After what seemed like an especially long winter, you may be feeling the need to rejuvenate your home and do a few minor upgrades. Spring has a funny way of making us want to breathe new life into our homes. The following items are a few little jobs you can hire an electrician in Pasadena to take care of for you. The team at H Electric is ready to help you add a little something extra to your home.
Updating the lighting in your home will probably have the biggest effect on the overall look of your home. A new light fixture can completely change the way a space looks and feels. A new chandelier in the dining room or in the entryway will look inviting and modern. The options are endless when it comes to renovating the lighting in your home. In many cases, the new lights are more energy efficient than some of the old fixtures that have been around for decades.
A ceiling fan installation is an investment that will ultimately save you money on your electric bill as well as improve the look of a room. Because of the electricity involved with the wiring of the fan, you will need to make sure you hire an electrician. Pasadena residents can choose from a large variety of fans that are sure to suit the décor in any given room.
Hard-Wired Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors are not exactly an improvement as far as looks go, but they are a major improvement in the safety level of your home. Hard-wired smoke detectors are linked together so that when one alarm is sounded, all the detectors go off. The smoke detectors rely on your home’s electricity, which makes them more reliable than the battery-operated variety.
Give H Electric a call today and get started on your spring home improvement list.