Do I Need Whole-House Surge Protection?

March 20th, 2015

Have you ever thought about the effect that a power surge can have in your home? This may happen for many reasons, from a lightning strike near the home (a less common event) to a downed power line. A power surge has the potential to ruin your electronics, even those we wouldn’t normally think to be at risk. Today, you rely on appliances with complicated wiring and circuitry, all of which can be destroyed by a sudden power surge.

One of the best ways to protect the most important electrical components in your home is by installing a whole-house surge protector. And some of the most qualified people for electrical installation in Avon work with Electrical Connection, Inc. Call us today to learn more about your options for whole-house protection.

You may have used power strips to plug in your appliances before, some of which also offer surge protection. This feature is meant to limit the voltage that reaches your appliances so that they may avoid the effects of a sudden surge. However, this only protects the appliances that are plugged directly into them. Whole house protection is a safer, more permanent solution for those who wish to protect every portion of the home from potential surges, no matter which room of the home you are in.

If you’re wondering whether you really need whole-house surge protection, just keep in mind: any home can benefit. It could cost you thousands upon thousands to repair all of the appliances that could potentially suffer from damage in your home if you wait for too long. And a power surge can happen so unexpectedly, you can lose the most important components of your home in what seems like an instant, or your appliances may not actually ail until months after a surge. It’s not too late to begin thinking about protecting your home.  A whole house surge protector is hardwired into the service panel, which can be done for new home wiring or for existing wiring.

Call us today at Electrical Connection, Inc. for our professional electrical installation service in Avon. We offer services from skilled and licensed electricians who do the finest work possible.

What Type of Generator Do I Need?

March 11th, 2015

It’s probably tough to imagine a life without electricity. While we may be able to “rough it” for a week during a camping trip, we rely on electrical power to operate some of the most important things in our lives. From the microwave oven to your cell phone charger, electrical outlets and fixtures get you through the day with ease. But there’s one situation in which you may be forced to go without power: an outage.

It’s tough to go without some of these modern conveniences, and in some cases it may be dangerous. This is so if you have a family member who needs electrical equipment to run in order to get through an illness, such as medical equipment or a functioning air conditioner so they don’t become overheated. There are two types of generators you may choose for home use in Berlin, each of which is detailed here.

Portable Generator

A residential portable generator can operate a set number of electrical appliances in a power outage. You may choose to hook this up to your refrigerator, heater, air conditioner, or sump pump only. Portable residential generators have their advantages and drawbacks. They are significantly less expensive than an automatic standby generator. However, they only work for a select voltage, so usage is quite limited.

Automatic Standby Generator

An automatic standby generator, on the other hand, is designed to power your entire home should a power outage occur. It’s hooked up to your electrical wiring, and senses the moment that there is no longer an electrical current running through the home. Within seconds, power switches over to the generator, which usually runs via your natural gas line, though it may use propane instead. When sized properly, it can power everything in the home, including the refrigerator, HVAC system, lights, medical equipment, and your home computer.

If you’re having trouble choosing the right generator for your home, call Electrical Connection, Inc. Our technicians install, service, and maintain generators in Berlin, so that you’re not left without power during a storm or other power failure. Count on our electrical team for generator services in Berlin, CT today.

The Benefits of Quality Outdoor Lighting Installation

March 4th, 2015

When friends and neighbors visit your property, do they feel welcome at your home? If there is nothing to light the way on their path to your doorstep, the answer may be no, initially. Outdoor lighting helps guests to feel welcome and can even make your home a little bit more secure. Use outdoor lighting to brighten up pathways and driveways or to illuminate trees and flower beds. And choose professionals for the job to make sure your new lighting is as efficient as possible without interfering with the décor.

Contact our team of electricians at Electrical Connection, Inc. We have the experience necessary to enhance your scenery without costing you much at all from month to month.

Safety and Design in One

One of the most compelling reasons to get outdoor lighting installed on your property is that it combines safety and design into one. You have a vision for your landscape lighting, and an expert can help you to make this idea come to life. Outdoor lighting makes many of the features of your yard pop. You can design the lights to illuminate your yard in an array of different ways, but it can also second as a sort of home security system.

When a would-be burglar attempts to access your property, a good stretch of outdoor lighting may actually serve as a deterrent. If there is a possibility of getting caught, the burglar is more likely to flee the scene, and a well-lit yard can serve this purpose for your home.

Professional Installation Matters

Be sure to put your trust in licensed electricians for any outdoor lighting job. Electricians can make sure that you get exactly what you want out of your new lighting design, and can also install low-voltage lighting to save energy. Low-voltage lights do not draw from the 120 volt current running through your home; it only uses 12 volts. But these lights must be installed properly, using a transformer to switch the power over to a GFCI outlet.

Put your trust in the experts at Electrical Connection, Inc. for quality outdoor lighting services in Glastonbury. Whether it’s for function, style, or security, we can make sure that your home looks exactly as you’d like it to.

What to Do About Flickering Lights

February 25th, 2015

Flickering lights have been a horror movie staple for decades, and are usually a sign that all is not well in the dark and troubled houses where those movies take place. In reality, though, lights flicker for pretty mundane reasons. There’s no poltergeist, or demon, or any other supernatural being messing with your lightbulbs. Rather, it’s caused by an interruption in the electrical circuit. Let’s take a look at what could cause that kind of interruption, and what you can do about it.

Parts to Check

As mentioned above, flickering lights are a common symptom of an interruption somewhere in the system. The first thing you’ll want to check if your light is flickering is the lightbulb. Turn the light off and wait a minute for the bulb to cool, then unscrew it and screw it back in. Turn the light back on and see if that works. If not, you may have a loose fitting. Turn the light off again and check the fitting this time, making sure that it fits snugly into the socket. If that doesn’t work either, try replacing the lightbulb. You’ll want to eliminate as many possible factors as you can, to try and isolate the problem. If the light is a portable one, try unplugging it and plugging another light into the same outlet. If the flickering stops, your problem is within the light itself. If the flickering continues, you’ve got a slightly bigger problem.

Wiring Issues

If the flickering affects multiple lights, or any light plugged into the same outlet, then the issue is somewhere in the wiring of the house. Often, these kinds of electrical issues are caused by the insulation failing on two adjacent wires, causing them to arc to each other and divert electricity from the circuit. This is an enormous fire hazard, and something you’ll need to have an electrician fix for you. So, if the problem is widespread, turn off the flickering lights and call an electrician as soon as possible.

If your lights are flickering, call Electrical Connection, Inc. We provide professional electrical repair services throughout Farmington.

Common Generator Malfunctions

February 16th, 2015

If you’ve ever been inconvenienced by a power outage, a whole-house generator may be a useful addition to your home. Whole-house generators can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs over time in some homes. Power outages cost homeowners a lot of money, especially if they have to replace spoiled food items, seek alternative shelter, or schedule repairs for burst pipes and damaged electrical equipment. In other cases, a power outage can be even more serious if someone in the home requires medical equipment to run at all times. Whole-house generators offer many advantages over small portable units, as they can power your entire home seconds after a power outage with very little hassle.

And as an added bonus, generators rarely run into any problems that necessitate major repairs. Most generators aren’t used very frequently, so as long as there’s a reliable fuel source (propane or natural gas), the generator should kick in soon after the power shuts off. However, there are a few potential malfunctions you may want to look out for when you bring a new generator in your home.

  • Wiring Issues – A generator is wired directly into your home’s electrical system so that it can sense when there is no longer an electrical current running through the home. Wiring issues are rare but they may result from poorly-maintained equipment or faulty installation. Be sure to schedule maintenance for your generator from time to time to make sure all of the electrical equipment is functioning.
  • Battery Failure – In some generators, batteries will need frequent replacement. Batteries can wear down if they become exposed to the air as this can allow lead sulfates to develop.
  • Refrigerant Leaks – Generators have a small supply of coolant inside of them in order to keep the system from overheating, and while this shouldn’t dissipate, it could leak over time.
  • Oil/Fuel Leaks – Most generators run on either propane or natural gas. If you encounter a leak, it could be not only detrimental to the system, but also dangerous, another reason regular maintenance is so important.

Contact Electrical Connection, Inc., a company experienced with repairs, maintenance, and installation of propane and natural gas generators in Newington. Give us a call today!

Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Electrical Connection Inc. hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

The Benefits of Attic Fans

February 4th, 2015

The air temperature and ventilation in your attic space can have a significant effect on your home’s energy efficiency. One of the best ways to keep the air in your attic space balanced during the warm months is with the installation of an attic fan. Attic space can become very hot during the warm months – upwards of 150 degrees – which can makes its way into your home via heat transfer. With the professional installation of an attic fan by a trained electrician, your attic can have the ventilation it needs. Electrical work is complicated, so when looking for an expert, look to the company you can count on: Electrical Connection, Inc.

How Does It Work?

Attic fans help ventilate your attic space by drawing cool air from the outside into your space and pushing the hot, stagnant air to the outside. Keeping the hot air moving in your attic space helps prevent it from sitting and increasing in temperature throughout the day.

Benefits of an Attic Fan

Attic fans offer you and your home the following benefits:

Reduces Stress on Your AC

When excess heat transfers to your home from your attic space, your air conditioning system has to battle this excess heat in order to cool your home to the temperature you’ve set. With an attic fan, the excess heat is circulated out of your attic space, allowing the space to stay cooler, which helps take the load off your air conditioner.

Saves Energy

When your AC doesn’t have to work as hard to battle the excess heat from your attic space, it doesn’t have to work as hard. This can help save energy.

Keeps Your Roof Healthy

The heat from your attic space doesn’t just try to move into your home, it also heats the roof and the roof shingles. Heat dries things, and if your attic space becomes hot enough for a long period of time, the heat from the attic can dry out the roofing materials and cause damage.

Attic fans can be improperly installed, which can cause the cool air to be sucked into your attic space and vented to the outside. Hiring an electrical expert in Hartford, CT helps ensure the proper installation of your new attic fan. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Why Consider a Lighting Retrofit for Your Home?

January 30th, 2015

Have you ever wondered how nice it would be to get the most from your home’s lighting, both indoor and outdoor? The fixtures may be great, but the life of your light bulbs and cost to keep them on may have you wondering if there is a way to maximize the life of the bulb while reducing your costs. The answer is yes, there is: by scheduling a lighting retrofit for your home in Avon.

What Is a Lighting Retrofit?

A lighting retrofit is a package of hardware that installs right into your current light fixtures that allows the light bulb to operate with better efficiency. Kits include different pieces of hardware, including brackets, fasteners, screws, sockets and a reflector; the reflector helps direct the light precisely for maximum illumination. Additional parts that may be needed are ballasts, which is something your technician will determine.

Why Not Just Redesign?

Redesigning your lighting is an option, but if you are happy with both your lighting layout and fixtures, a lighting retrofit may be a better way to go. A retrofit allows you to keep your current fixtures and lighting design; the retrofit simply enhances the ability of your current light fixtures to perform better. As such, a retrofit can save you a considerable amount of money over a new lighting redesign.

What Are the Benefits of Retrofitting?

Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider retrofitting the lighting in your home:

  • Better energy efficiency – retrofitting allows you to use better-performing light bulbs, so you can see an energy savings of up to 30%.
  • Less bulb changing – newer, longer lasting bulbs that fit with your retrofit kit will last for tens of thousands of hours; instead of changing a light bulb every three months, you can change one every few years.
  • Stronger illumination – the retrofit kit and bulbs are designed to illuminate better and more precisely, which helps you and your home be safer and more secure.

If you’ve been looking to get more from your home’s lighting, call Electrical Connection, Inc. today and schedule an appointment for our lighting service for your Avon home.

Can Outdoor Lighting Make My Home More Secure?

January 21st, 2015

Many people look at outdoor lighting as a decorative addition, but the truth is that a good outdoor lighting plan adds a level of security to a home along with warmth and attractiveness. Well-lit areas typically ward off potential thieves and also allow you and your loved ones to see at night, no matter the time of year. By keeping certain design aspects in mind along with a focus on security, your professional outdoor lighting technician in Berlin, CT can create great outdoor lighting for your home that also offers a level of security:

Placement

The placement of outdoor lighting is important. While many properties tend to use highly-placed, bright lights, there are other locations that lighting can, and should, be placed to maximize security. Some locations include in or behind shrubbery; up and down walkways; inside all doorways; under steps and ledges; and at the base or in the canopy of trees.

Use Sensors and Timers

Sensors and timers are great for making sure your lighting comes on as soon as it starts to get dark. One type of sensor called a photosensor can detect when daylight is diminishing and automatically turns on your outdoor lighting in accordance with the day’s disappearing light. Timers can be set to turn the lights on and off at a specific time, ensuring that you’ll have light when you need it.

Install Shielded Fixtures

It may seem counter-intuitive to install lighting fixtures that have some light shielding on them, but there’s a reason for this: glare. Outdoor lights that do not have any shielding can create tremendous glare that negates the point of having a light in the first place.

Use Different Types of Light Bulbs

There are a number of different types of light bulbs available for homeowners, including LED, vapor, solar and high-wattage bulbs. Mixing the bulbs to maximize your outdoors can create a lighting plan that highlights your home while also creating security.

Working with an expert is the best way to ensure that your outdoor lighting does what you need it to. Call Electrical Connection, Inc. today and schedule an appointment for outdoor lighting installation in Berlin, CT with one of our trained experts.

When Should I Schedule Generator Installation?

January 13th, 2015

Generators are a great tool for those in the right circumstances. However, they aren’t necessary for everyone. As such, the first thing you need to do when considering generator installation is consider why you need it in the first place. The question should not be “when should I install my generator?” but “do I actually need one?” Once you answer the latter question, the answer to the former is simple: right away. Let’s examine the reasons why you might install a generator as soon as possible.

A Need for Reliable Power

This is really the entire point of having a generator. There are places across the country where electricity is not a guarantee, especially during inclement weather like snowstorms or hurricanes. Unfortunately, it is precisely during those times that you need power the most. A generator will keep the most vital parts of your home up and running, even when the electrical grid goes down. This will also help keep you safe, by keeping appliances like your refrigerator up and running so that you can feed yourself until the crisis is over.

Keeping Vital Equipment Running

There are all sorts of situations that necessitate the installation of specialized equipment in someone’s home. Usually, this equipment is medical in nature, allowing someone with a serious condition to remain at home while still receiving care. If this medical equipment fails during a power outage, it can put a person’s life in danger. A generator will ensure that vital equipment keeps running long enough for a person to survive until the power comes back on.

Convenience

There are plenty of people who work from home, using their computers and other devices to transmit data across the world. Though some can afford a short power outage here or there, others are working with extremely time-sensitive material and can’t afford a delay. For those who cannot have their work interrupted, a generator can enable them to keep working.

If you’re interested in scheduling generator installation, call Electrical Connection, Inc. We provide professional generator installation services throughout the Hartford area.