House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘electrical’

Electrical Safety 101

Monday, October 21st, 2019

As electricians, some of the most important information we can give to homeowners are electrical safety tips. Not everyone knows about the dangers and safety concerns with inspecting and handling electrical systems. Some simple electrical fixes can be done by homeowners without the help of an electrician (like replacing batteries, lightbulbs, some switches, and fuses) but without the right proper safety precautions being taken, these can situations can be quite dangerous.

So, today we’re going to be listing some handy tips to remain safe when handling anything electrical. While ideally, we’d like you to contact one of the many electricians in Portsmouth, VA for every electrical problem you encounter, we know that all homeowners will call an electrician until the last possible second. That’s why we’d rather make sure when you are replacing a lightbulb or are inspecting your fuses, to follow the right procedures to ensure your safety.

So, pay attention class, this information could come in handy!

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Do You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Monday, October 7th, 2019
shot of a carbon monoxide

The carbon monoxide detector is one of the most underrated electrical appliances in our industry. So many homes in our area use gas furnaces because they’re the most reliable and affordable heater in America, that it goes without saying a carbon monoxide detector should be in every home with a furnace.

The truth of the matter is, however, not nearly enough carbon monoxide detectors are in homes that use natural gas. Unfortunately, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that 430 people die in the US each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and a more staggering 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to the same symptoms. Since our industry sees many gas-powered heating devices, it’s not surprising that most electricians in Chesapeake, VA will tell you just how important these devices can be.

So, if you didn’t think you needed a carbon monoxide detector before, we hope you reconsider and keep reading.

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Ask an Electrician: Why Are My Lights Flickering?

Monday, April 9th, 2018

CFL-bulbIf you use old oil lamps in order to illuminate your home, hey—to each his or her own, we say. Considering the fact that you are reading this on the internet, however, we’re guessing that your lifestyle is a bit more modern. One of the greatest modern luxuries that we have in our homes is our indoor lighting systems. These days there are more options than ever before in terms of bulbs and fixtures available.

What there isn’t, unfortunately, is any guarantee your indoor lighting system is going to function properly at all times. One of the most common issues that homeowners reach out to our electricians in Chesapeake, VA about is flickering lights. If your lights are flickering, you may need a professional electrician to fix the problem. Before scheduling service, however, you should read the following post, as this is not always the case.

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Run Your Ceiling Fans All Year

Monday, February 12th, 2018

ceiling-fanAre you looking for ways to boost energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort in your home? Would you like to do so without needing to replace your HVAC systems with new and expensive high-efficiency models? Well, scheduling routine maintenance is definitely the best way to keep your heating and air conditioning systems in peak operating condition. But there is one cost-cutting technique that can help to cut down on energy use that you may be overlooking. That is running your ceiling fans.

If you think of your ceiling fans as being purely decorative, or if you only think to run them in the summertime, then you are doing yourself a disservice. Keeping those fans running throughout the entire year can help you to live more comfortably, even as you see your energy bills drop. Read on to learn more about how your ceiling fans can benefit you over the course of the year, and be sure to schedule your ceiling fan services with a professional electrician in Chesapeake, VA.

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What Does Generator Maintenance Entail?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

generatorThere are certain systems, such as your heater and your air conditioner, that you’ll be using pretty regularly on your property. Not only will they see some regular use for at least part of the year, but you’ll also be able to plan their servicing around the expected period of use. It’s not like you’ll be caught off-guard that you need your heater in the winter or your air conditioner in the summer, after all. Not every system is so consistent in its schedule, though.

This is certainly true of your whole-house generator. The whole point of having a generator that can keep your home up and running during an extended power outage is to be prepared for the unexpected. You don’t know when you are going to actually need your generator—but you know that you’ll need it to spring into action when the need does arise. This is why routine generator maintenance in Portsmouth, VA is so important. 

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Why Is Generator Maintenance Necessary?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

installing-whole-house-generatorTemperatures are dropping, slowly but surely: particularly at night. It is not going to be long before the coldest time of the year is upon us. While we may not get the heaviest snowfalls in the country, the combination of the cold and the issues that winter storms can create makes the prospect of going without electricity for any amount of time during the winter deeply unsettling. It is for precisely this reason that you should consider the installation of a whole-house generator in Portsmouth, VA.

A whole-house generator allows for a level of protection and convenience that smaller, portable generators simply cannot match. Now, don’t get us wrong. Some level of coverage is better than none in the event of a power outage. But why not go the whole hog? Work with a member of our team to find the right generator for your needs. We’ll install it properly from the first step to last. We also offer the generator maintenance service that your system needs to excel in its operation. 

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3 Common Problems with Ceiling Fans

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

While some homeowners seem to think of ceiling fans as mostly decorative installations or outdated cooling supplements, those of us in the know recognize them as the powerful allies in the comfort battle that they are. Ceiling fans help to circulate conditioned air throughout homes more effectively, and most can be reversed in order to do the same with heated air in the winter season. Ceiling fans, like any other mechanical system or electronic appliance, can encounter problems from time to time, though. When you run into issues with your ceiling fans in Chesapeake, VA, you need to hire a professional technician to have them resolved. Contact House Call Company if you find that there is anything wrong with your ceiling fan or its operational quality.

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Understanding the Necessity for Your Carbon Monoxide Detector

Monday, May 25th, 2015

We truly hope that your home is outfitted with a carbon monoxide detector. Not only is this device an absolute necessity if you are to live in your home safely, but they are also required by law in most areas. That being said, many homeowners do not fully understand just how important their carbon monoxide detectors in Chesapeake, VA truly are. This is largely due to the fact that many people simply do not fully understand just what carbon monoxide is, nor the severity of the effects that exposure to this gas can generate. If you need a new CO detector, or any carbon monoxide detector services, call the experts on the House Call Company team immediately.

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