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!

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.

What Can Residential Landscape Lighting Do for You?

July 10th, 2014

What does your house look like from the street at night? Probably the only experience you have with seeing it this way is when you drive your car up to the garage in the evening. Perhaps your home is dark and a little dreary looking, but that will quickly leave your mind as you walk inside for the night.

There are some excellent reasons to invest in residential landscape lighting, however, to enhance the look of your home—both cosmetic and practical. If you have experts at home lighting working for you, your residential landscape lighting in Avon, CT will elevate your home life in a number of important ways. Just call Electrical Connection, Inc. today and ask about our outdoor lighting services.

Here Are Some of the Pluses of Landscape Lighting:

  • Security: Statistics have shown that enhanced outdoor lighting discourages crime. And landscape lighting is one of the best types of lighting to keep burglars away from your home: instead of creating harsh shadows, where unwanted visitors can disguise themselves, landscape lighting creates a softer over all look the reduces the dark areas that make it easier for potential criminals to escape detection.
  • Personal safety: Have you ever tripped trying to get to your front door at night, or bumped into something when moving the garbage cans to the street, and then thought, “It’s too dark out here”? Well, it is too dark out there, and with landscape lighting you’ll have far safer outdoor walkways without creating glaring lights.
  • More use of outdoor recreation areas: If you have a pool, patios, extended balconies, verandas, grills, and other places for outside relaxation and entertainment, you can get more use of them. Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean you have to move the fun indoors.
  • Home value: Increasing the outdoor beauty of your home also increases its value. If you think you may put your home on the market in the future, outdoor lighting makes for a more immediately appealing property and one that will draw larger offers.
  • Attractiveness: This is subjective, but in a way it’s the most important benefit of all. The right landscape lighting will make your home look more beautiful. Simply the way that a ground light can throw a splash of soft illumination onto a rowan tree on the front long can be breathtaking to see. You will enjoy home life more with a stunning house to return to every evening.

You will only get the most benefits from your landscape lighting if you hire professionals to do the job. Contact Electrical Connection, Inc. for full service for your residential landscape lighting or other electrical services in Avon, CT. We offer upfront pricing so you will also know what you will pay before we begin the work. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th—although many years later.

Our family at Electrical Connection, Inc. hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

Common Options for a New Generator

June 27th, 2014

Generators were once items a select few household might install as precautions. Increasingly, as our homes depend more and more on electrical power for most daily functions (even gas-powered furnaces need electricity to start up and run), generators have changed from luxury options into necessities. Overtaxed power grids and extreme weather conditions make the possibility of long periods of power loss intimidating and even dangerous without the reassurances of a generator.

Purchasing and connecting a generator is something you should only do with the assistance of a licensed, trained electrician. When you are interested in a new generator in Berlin, CT for your family’s protection and your peace of mind, contact Electrical Connection, Inc. today and speak to our trained technicians about our generator services.

These are some of the common options you have for a new generator:

Portable Generators

For homes that have minor needs for electrical power during an outage—such as smaller homes or ones that don’t have life-sustaining medical equipment that requires electricity to operate—a portable generator is helpful for short periods of time. You need to make certain that you are purchasing a generator with the right wattage for what systems you need to run, and you will need an electrician to help you with this as well as to show you connect the portable generator to you power system.

Standard Backup Generators

These are generators that are permanently installed and hardwired into a home’s electrical system. How powerful a backup generator you need for your home depends on a number of factors; you must decide which systems in your home are most necessary for to run during a blackout, and balance those needs with your budget restrictions. Professional electricians will assist your with finding the right power level for your standby generator.

Automatic Standby Generators

These are similar to the standard backup generators, except they are designed to turn on automatically in case the power fails. This means that you don’t have to be home when the power goes out to activate the system, so you won’t have to worry about failing medical equipment, computer power loss, or spoiling food in the refrigerator. This is also invaluable during extreme weather conditions, since you won’t have to go outside and reach the generator to activate it.

Generators come in a variety of models, sizes, and fuel types, and even if you have a good idea which of the above generators you want, you’ll need to have an electrician to help you with the process and then perform the work of installing the new unit so it does the job it’s expected to.

To find the ideal generator for your home, trust the experience and knowledge of the staff at Electrical Connection, Inc. We offer professional generator and other electrical services in Berlin, CT and serve all of Connecticut since 1985. Give us a call today and schedule your next service appointment with us.