The Advantages of the GE Concord Express Security Systems

September 17th, 2014

Nothing is more important for your home than knowing that it remains safe and secure. A professionally installed and set-up security system tailored for your house will not only help protect it, but also provide the most valuable gift of all: peace of mind.

Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., provides home security systems installation in Avon, CT. We are proud to offer the excellent GE Concord Express™ security system, one of the most affordable and easy to use home protection systems on the market. Call our technicians today to learn more about the GE Concord Express™ and the other ways that we can provide you and your family with a safer and more secure home.

Why Install a GE Concord Express™ System

The Concord Express™ is a network of both wireless and hardwired devices placed throughout a home, creating up to 24 different monitored zones, with the option to expand to even more. The devices provide 24/7 monitoring to detect intruder alerts through motion detectors and contacts on two exterior doors.

The Concord Express™ doesn’t just guard a home against intrusions: it also serves as a smoke detector. Up to ten of the devices in the home can be installed as smoke detectors, providing a network of fire security that you cannot receive from standard smoke detectors. You can also have the network set up to activate outside lights and other external devices in case any of the alarms activate.

The GE Concord comes with an easy consumer interface through alpha-numeric keypads. The system also allows for custom-tailoring to provide everyone in the household different levels of access privileges. And by using GE Security’s ToolBox software installed onto a computer, you can access the system remotely through the Internet.

In addition to the security the Concord Express™ offers your home, it will also save up to 20% off most homeowner’s insurance. Considering the affordable cost of installation for the system, a GE Concord Express™ can almost pay for itself.

Although the Concord Express™ security system is simple to use, the installation process is complicated, especially if you plan for a large number of zones. It requires home security specialists to hook up the system and create a network that will provide you with maximum fire and intruder protection. Call Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., to inquire about how we can install a GE Concord Express™ to protect your home. We handle numerous types of security systems installation in Avon, CT, and we will find one that fits your home and budget.

Why You Need Professional Electricians for Your Outdoor Lighting

September 10th, 2014

Remodeling a home is an expensive prospect, and one of the ways you can gave the outside of your home a fresh look without extensive construction work is to instead have new outdoor lighting put in. With proper landscape lighting and illumination for pathways, doors, and recreation areas, you can transform a bland and unsafe exterior of a house into something bright and inviting. New outdoor lighting can also increase the value of your home and add an extra level of security.

To add or redesign a home’s outdoor lighting requires more than a step ladder and a string of light bulbs: this isn’t holiday light-hanging, but a permanent home improvement project. Just as you would want a professional to handle the interior remodeling for your home, you will want a professional to handle your exterior lighting.

For experienced service from licensed and highly-trained electricians to install outdoor lighting in Berlin, CT, call on Electrical Connection, Inc.

Here’s why you need professionals for outdoor lighting installation

  • Save energy: New lighting for the outside of a house can be an expensive proposition when you consider the power requirements. But expert installers will know how best to arrange the lighting for maximum effect without power waste. They will also be able to advise you about high-efficiency bulbs and install them so you save money each time the lights come on.
  • Design skill: Putting up outdoor lights is far more complicated than picking a few spotlights and planting them around the yard. To receive the attractive look for your outside that will both make it pleasant and provide necessary safety requires the work of technicians with years of experience creating effective lighting designs.
  • Safety: Poorly installed outdoor lighting can present major safety hazards. Exposed wires and mismatched voltage could potentially cause blackouts or even fires. You must keep your lighting up to local electrical codes, so trust the work to the men and women whose job it is to know those codes backwards and forwards.
  • Save time: Installing outdoor lighting is a big task, and you can expect it to take far longer to finish if you attempt it on your own or hire amateurs do to it. Professionals will plan out the installation work so they can get the best job done in the shortest amount of time possible.

Our electricians at Electrical Connection, Inc. have the training and experience to meet and exceed your expectations. Aside from our work with outdoor lighting in Berlin and other parts of Connecticut, we also handle indoor, commercial, security, and art lighting. You can trust the outside of your home to our capable hands. We don’t consider a job 100% finished until you are 100% satisfied. Contact us today to make an appointment.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Electrical Connection, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

Warning Signs That You Need Electrical Repair in Avon

August 27th, 2014

The electrical system in your home is essential for most daily tasks, starting with the alarm that wakes you in the morning. You need to make sure that you take good care of your home’s electrical system so that it will continue to take good care of you.

Sometimes electrical malfunctions can sneak up on you, creating only small warning signs that you need to call for professional electrical repair in Avon, CT. Below are a few of the indications to keep watch for that will warn you it’s time to have an electrician examine your wiring and other components of the system to see what needs to be fixed.

For rapid emergency service available 24 hours a day, call the team at Electrical Connection, Inc. We are licensed and trained to serve all your electrical needs.

Signs that your should call for electrical repairs

  • Flickering lights: A slight fluctuation in the steady burn of a light bulb is something easy to dismiss when it occurs. However, pay closer attention to the next time the lights flicker. Has another appliance in the house turned on, such as a heating system, a monitor, or the compressor in the AC? If lights flicker when this happens, it could mean a power imbalance due to a surge, and this is a situation that could lead to damage to appliances throughout the house. It might also mean a bad circuit somewhere. Electricians can track down the source of the flickering and fix it.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers: An occasional tripped circuit breaker is nothing serious to worry about: it means the circuit panel is working at its job of protecting you. However, if you are going out to panel a few times a week to reset tripped breakers, then you are no longer dealing with a few isolated problems. The panel itself may need repairs, or you might have faulty wiring. Call for electricians to diagnose the problem.
  • Warm or sparking outlets: If you notice that an outlet feels hot to the touch, or that it creates sparks whenever you plug something into it, the outlet has bad wiring and may have already experienced an electrical fire. (Check for charring or discoloration on the outlet, which can indicate fire damage.) Under no circumstances should you take out a screwdriver and try to detach the outlet cover yourself to see what’s wrong. Call for professionals.

Electrical Connection, Inc. has fully licensed and equipped electricians ready to see to your home’s needs for electrical repair in Avon, CT. Make us your first call no matter the size of the trouble. Believe us, when it comes to a home’s electrical system, there is no such thing as a “small” problem! Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment with us.

When You Should Schedule Generator Maintenance

August 20th, 2014

A whole-house generator offers your family an insurance policy against long-term power outages. Even if you don’t experience a major loss of power during a year, the peace of mind that a generator provides during this time is invaluable.

But you won’t have the benefit of peace of mind unless you know that the generator is ready to come on at the first moment it’s needed. A generator that slowly falls apart, wears down, or has a stale fuel supply is no better than not having a generator at all. To make sure that your generator will do its job whenever necessary, schedule regular maintenance for it from a trustworthy and experienced contractor.

Electrical Connection, Inc. can take care of all the needs for your generator in Cromwell, CT. Call us for installation of a Generac Standby Home Generator System, and then enroll in one of our Preventive Maintenance Programs to keep it working.

Often Should I Schedule Generator Maintenance?

There are two times during the year when you should consider generator maintenance. Whether you need to have the maintenance done both times or only once depends on a number of conditions.

The first time when it’s a good idea to maintain a generator is right before the arrival of the cold and stormy season. This is when you are most likely to experience a long power outage and need the generator working at its best. When you schedule maintenance for your heating system to prepare f6or winter, also should schedule it for your generator.

The second time to have a generator maintained is in the wake of a power loss when the generator needed to work. A technician will inspect the system to see that it did not sustain any damage or wear and tear due to needing to operate for a long stretch.

If you experience a mild winter season without any power outages, you will probably only need to have maintenance done once a year, during the fall. However, if your generator is putting in time working to keep you and your family safe, you should have maintenance done more often.

During a maintenance check, the inspectors will survey the system to see that it is properly hooked up to the home, clean it, and see if it needs new fuel (if it uses stored heating oil). After a maintenance visit, you will have the assurance of a generator ready for the next time that power goes out.

Call Electrical Connection, Inc. to ask about our Annual and Semi-Annual Preventive Maintenance Programs, each of which includes a 30-point inspection checklist. With our help, your generator in Cromwell, CT will be prepared for any power loss.

Why Invest in Security System Monitoring for Your Business

August 14th, 2014

The technology of commercial security systems has come a long way from old-fashioned blaring alarms. Now you can have security monitoring every hour of the day or night for any part of your business. School, office building, commercial parking lot…no matter the size of the space, there is a security system with outside monitoring that will match your needs and your budget.

Through Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., you can have security system monitoring in Simsbury, CT installed for your business that will protect the facilities 24 hours a day. We have a team of licensed electricians to handle all the work, and they are on-call at all times, day and night, to provide any repair services you may need to keep your security system working to safeguard your business.

Why Security System Monitoring is a Good Investment

Monitored alarm systems are a way to protect a business even when there is no one on the premises: instead of relying on a closed-circuit TV system and alarms, a monitored system is connected to an outside service that takes care of overseeing activity 24/7, 365 days a year. The monitoring service can contact police or the fire department whenever any suspicious activity occurs, with response time that measured in mere minutes.

One of the main advantages of having a monitored system, as opposed to a local activated system, is that it cannot be disarmed since it is linked to an outside service. And this works for a variety of systems, not only to detect break-ins. Fire alarms that go off will automatically contact the monitoring service, which will then handle contacting the Fire Department, even if no one is in the building at the time.

Having a monitored security system installed for a business can also lower your insurance. In some cases, your company could save as much as 20% off insurance costs per year thanks to the defenses from an excellent monitored system.

Finally, a 24-hour monitoring system, whether it controls security alarms, fire alarms, or security lighting, gives you the important benefit of peace of mind. You’ll know that your business property is secure under the watchful monitoring system at all times. Anything that can ease the stress of running a business is a worthwhile investment.

To set up security system monitoring in Simsbury, CT, put a call through to Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc., today. We will find the right security system to defend your valuable business. Contact us today to schedule your next security system monitoring for your business.

Benefits of Functional Outdoor Lighting

August 7th, 2014

Outdoor lighting can do more for a home than simply create an attractive look. Functional outdoor lighting is lighting designs created to help make outdoor areas of a home safer, more secure, and permit homeowners more use of recreational places. You probably have deficient outdoor lighting currently and aren’t even aware of it…but if you hire professional lighting contractors, you will enjoy a number of important benefits from functional lighting that also serves to make the outside of your house more beautiful.

Electrical Connection, Inc. offers outdoor lighting services in Rocky Hill, CT, including security lighting through our division Security Connection. Contact us to set up an appointment for our staff to survey your home and find ways to provide you with the functional lighting that will provide you with the following benefits:

Increased safety

Dark and heavily shadowed areas around your home can make walkways, stairs, driveways, patios around pools, and other areas potentially hazardous to navigate. This is especially a problem if you have children or elderly persons in your household. Outdoor lighting specialists can add on lights to raise safety without creating harsh and unattractive spotlights. You can keep the outside of your home a safe place to be no matter the time of day.

Better security

Numerous studies have shown that the better illuminated a home, the less likely it will attract thieves and vandals. But it isn’t just strong lighting that makes a house more secure; it’s strong lighting that avoids creating heavy shadows where people can hide. Specialists in security lighting will make sure that your home has the proper spread of illumination for maximum safety. You can also have movement lights install to active when they sense a person in the area.

More outdoor enjoyment

If you have pleasant recreational areas around your home, such as a veranda, patio, pool, or deck, you will have more opportunities to use it throughout the year with attractive lighting that invites people to use it. Even as the sun sets earlier and earlier, you can still enjoy outdoor activities.

Raise a home’s value

Better outdoor lighting creates higher “curb appeal,” and this can contribute significantly to raising a home’s market value. If you plan one day to put your house on the market, excellent functional lighting makes a savvy investment.

You need to have lighting specialists tackle the job of providing you with quality electrical services in Rocky Hill, CT. The staff at Electrical Connection, Inc. has experience with many types of lighting schemes and can design and hook up your lighting so you receive all the above benefits and more. We can also supply your home with energy-efficient lights so you’ll save money from your new outdoor lighting design.

More Than Just Lightning: The Sources of Power Surges

July 30th, 2014

Most people have an idea of what power surges are like, or at least they think they do: lightning bolts. And lighting is indeed a major cause of destructive power surges that can harm the appliances in a home. However, there are many more causes of power surges that are less spectacular and harder to recognize. And these are the surges that standard power strips won’t do much good against. For the best surge protection, you need a whole-house surge protector, which a professional electrician can easily install into you electrical panel.

Contact Electrical Connection, Inc. today and talk to one of our electricians about hooking you up for whole-house surge protection in Berlin, CT. Since 1985 we’ve provided superb electrical service for all of Connecticut.

Here Are Some of the Main Causes of Power Surges

  • Lightning: Yes, catastrophic events are one of the reasons that power surges occur, and you need to be ready for them. If a lightning strike occurs close to your house, it can be enough to overwhelm any electrical system and cause damage to precision equipment like computers and TV monitors. Power strips are sometimes sufficient, but not always. Using power strips and a whole-house surge protector will give you the safety you need.
  • Increased power demands from an appliance: The principle cause of smaller power surges—the ones you may not often notice but which can create problems—is when one of the larger appliances in your home makes a sudden increased demand on the electrical system. A good example is a refrigerator or washing machine. The strain from these appliances will cause an imbalance throughout the electrical system that creates the surge. The cumulative effect of smaller surges can damage other appliances. If you notice flickering lights in your home, it’s a warning sign that you are probably experiencing smaller surges, and power strips are no help again them.
  • Bad wiring: If you live in a home built pre-1970 (or especially pre-World War II), the wiring in the house may simply not be up to the power demands put on it, and it will cause power surges. You will not only need a whole-house surge protector, but should consider rewiring the home.
  • Utility company: There are times when issues with the power company’s equipment can cause surges to go through the lines. You don’t have any control over this, although you can take steps to guard against with sufficient surge protection.

It’s a simple job for an experienced electrician to wire your home for whole-house surge protection, and if surges are a common occurrence in your house, you should definitely call for the service. Electrical Connection, Inc. can take care of wiring your home for surge protection that will keep you safe from everything from lighting to a power-hungry washing machine. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with a professional electrician in Berlin, CT.

Advantages of the GENERAC Siemens Generator

July 21st, 2014

An automatic standby generator hooked into your house’s electrical system is one of the best “home insurance policies” in which you can invest. In case of an extended power outage, you will have a steady supply of the electricity you need to keep your family comfortable and safe.

Proper generator installation requires the work of experienced professionals who will know how to match the right sized generator to your home’s needs and connect it so it will work right when the emergency time arrives. Electrical Connection, Inc. is an authorized sales and service dealer for the GENERAC Siemens Generator in Farmington, CT and throughout the state. GENERAC models are among the best options when it comes to installing a backup generator for either a home or business. They come with superb features that should make them a top choice for any generator installation.

Some Benefits and Features of a GENERAC Generator

There are many different models of GENERAC generators available to match your home’s requirements. Here are some of the features you can expect to see on the various models:

  • The OHVI engine, which is specifically designed for use in generators to offer a level of reliability that you can depend on through extended power outages.
  • Quiet-Test, a weekly self-test that the generator runs at low RPMs. This will ensure that the generator is always ready to go to work when it is needed, and will delivers warnings of any malfunctions in time to have them fixed.
  • Mobile Link Remote Monitoring permits you a connection to your generator through a smart phone or other mobile device so you can check on the generator’s status remotely.
  • True Power Technology reduces harmonic distortion so that a home’s more sensitive electrical appliances will run smoothly.
  • The Evolution Controller provides a two-line LCD text display and color-coded backlit buttons to permit easy control.
  • Some models come with multiple fuel choice, so you can run the generator on the natural gas line or from a propane fuel supply.
  • The QuietSource Series offers high levels of power that can manage additional areas in a home like garages, pools, and guest houses. The low-RPM liquid-cooled engine runs at extremely quiet levels (at least 10 dB quieter than competitive units) and with lower amount of fuel consumption.

There are far too many options for GENERAC generators to list here, so call Electrical Connection, Inc. today to talk to our professionals regarding a new generator in Farmington, CT. They can guide you through the many available models to find the generator that will ideally fit the needs of your home and family. We offer full service for installation, maintenance, and repairs.

What’s Involved in Security System Monitoring?

July 15th, 2014

You can’t watch over your business every hour of every day. But you can invest in security system monitoring that can take over this job and give you valuable peace of mind. A monitoring system can include many individual elements, and with the help of a professional security company, you will have the monitoring network you need to keep your commercial property safe around the clock and around the year.

To have proper installation of security system monitoring in Glastonbury, CT, contact Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc. that specializes in security needs for homes and businesses throughout Connecticut. Whatever space you need monitored, we can find the system to fit it and then install the equipment and connect it together so that the system does exactly the job you need it to. Call us today for more information and for an estimate.

Some of the Elements of Security System Monitoring

  • Security cameras: This is the first thing people think of when they hear about security monitoring. Closed-circuit television video surveillance isn’t the only solution for security monitoring, but it is an effective one that is often at the center of a building’s security system.
  • Alarms: Motion-sensing alarms, door and window contacts, and glassbreak detectors are all excellent options for securing your building. The alarms can be set up with visual and audio alerts to frighten off intruders. The alarms can also send signals to monitoring centers that will alert authorities.
  • Security lighting: Motion-detecting lights will turn on to illuminate areas such as hallways and parking lots. This will help frighten away unwanted visitors as well as keep areas safer for authorized visitors.
  • Mobile connections: You can hook up your security system so that you can access it wirelessly through a smart phone, laptop, or other mobile device. You can check on alerts, turn the system on and off, and even access the feeds on security cameras and control their views.

Security monitoring can also include fire alarms and carbon monoxide detection. Whatever level of security and protection you want for your facility, there is a security system available to handle the job.

The best place to start with security system monitoring is to call Electrical Connection, Inc. and speak to our qualified technicians in Glastonbury, CT at our Security Connection division. They can help lay out a monitoring plan that will fit your company’s budget and needs, and then handle the installation so they system works as it should.