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.

3 Components in Your Security System

June 20th, 2014

Installing a home security system in Simsbury, CT or any other surrounding community makes a lot of sense. Not only can it help keep your home and family secure, but it can also raise the resale value of your property when the time comes to sell it. In order to install a security system properly, you need a trained electrician who can connect it to your power grid. You may be curious, however, to know exactly what they are installing. Here are 3 components in your security system that it pays to be aware of.

  • Alarm panel. The alarm panel is the central box that monitors all of the sensors and other arrays that go into keeping our home secure. It is designed to trigger an alarm whenever a breach is detected, and in some cases contact the security company or police as well, depending on the kind of system you install.
  • Contact alarms. Contact alarms consist of a circuit placed in your door or window frame. Once contact goes into the frame and another into the door or window itself, so that when the entry way is closed, the two contact are touching. When the system is activated, the two contacts complete a circuit that keeps your alarm from sounding. When the entryway opens, the circuit is broken and the alarm goes off. Some contact alarms also involve vibration sensors, which can spot when glass is broken but the wind frame remains untouched, for example.
  • Motion detectors. Motion detectors are sensors that send infrared beams bouncing out across a given space. When those beams come back to it at a faster rate than they should – like when a human body moves across the space – then they activate the alarm. Motion detectors placed outside might turn on lights instead of activating the alarm. They can be adjusted to ignore smaller figures, such as household pets or woodland creatures like raccoons.

The experts at Electrical Connection, Inc. can install all of the components in your security system with professionals and pride, as well as answering any questions you may have. If you’d like a home security system installed by a professional electrician in Simsbury, CT, pick up the phone and give us a call today!

Why Should I Install Attic Fans?

June 13th, 2014

Hot air rises in your home, which means that your attic usually gets very hot when the temperature rises. Attic fans are a means of addressing that: pulling in outside air through vents and blowing hot air in your attic out of your house. Attics with fans need to be well sealed from the rest of the house, or else they might remove cool conditioned air from the home instead of warm air. But here in Berlin, CT, electrician services can properly seal and insulate your attic before installing attic fans. “Why should I install attic fans?” you ask. We’ve provided some answers below.

On the most basic levels, attic fans help your air conditioner do its job much more effectively. As they turn, they pull hot air out of your home, which means that the cool air from the AC unit can work much more quickly and your air conditioner doesn’t have to spend as much energy to function. The reduced strain lowers the risk of a breakdown and the lowered energy means that you won’t pay as much in your monthly cooling bills. Furthermore, the appearance of attic fans in your home can improve its resale value, helping you recoup the initial cost of investment.

Having said that, you need a properly trained electrician to install an attic fan correctly. Wiring needs to be safely run, and the attic fan needs to be connected to the thermostat. In addition, most attic fans are made of metal, which means they can attract lightning during a thunderstorm. An electrician can properly ground the fans and ensure that lightning strikes don’t pose a risk to your home.

Electrician services in Berlin, CT are provided by Electrical Connection, Inc. We know how hot things can get in the summer time, and a high quality attic fan can be just the thing you need to ease the pinch of those high summer energy bills. If you’re wondering why you should install attic fans, give us a call and set up an appointment today. We’re eager to show you what we can do and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed!

How to Plan for a New Security System

June 6th, 2014

A security system helps keep your family and property safe, and when correctly deployed can do absolute wonders for your peace of mind. Here in Avon, CT, security systems installation can be conducted by trained professionals who know how to do the job right. They will factor in the unique circumstances of your home before setting up a security system that amply covers every square inch of it. You can help out by doing some basic preparations of your own, which can help the electrician when the time comes to install the system. Here’s a basic guide for how to place for a new security system.

Security systems basically need to cover three areas: the entryways, the interior space and the exterior space. That first element is the most important; you want to cover every possible way an intruder has to enter your home. Count all of the outside doors and windows on the bottom floor, as well as any upper story doors and windows that could be accessed from the ground. Each of these entryways will require an alarm system: usually a contact alarm that goes off when the entryway is opened.

To that, you can add motion detectors and similar devices that go off whenever anyone crosses their field. (These can be adjusted so that they only go off when human-sized figures are movie, allowing pets to continue to move freely throughout the house.) Ideally, you want to maximize the efficiency of motion detectors, so look to mount them in either large central rooms (like the living room) or “choke points” like halls or stairways. Intruders will need to pass through such areas in order to get to the rest of the house.

Finally, think about motion-sensing lights outside of your home, designed to activate whenever anyone gets close. Intruders thrive on the darkness, and lights are an ideal way to deny them a hiding place, as well as providing a much more welcome light for you when you arrive home.

For more on how to plan for a security system, or to set up an installation session, talk to the experts at Electrical Connection, Inc. Security systems installation shouldn’t be left to amateurs. Give us a call today and let the professional electricians in Avon, CT  show you what we can do!

Reasons to Install a Lighting Control System for Your Home

May 30th, 2014

Home lighting control systems is an excellent way to save you money and hassle with your electrical system. It works in a manner similar to a programmable thermostat, allowing you to turn the lights on and off automatically. This can provide a number of benefits that make such a system highly desirable, especially in Farmington, where lighting experts are standing by to help. Here are a few reasons to install a lighting control system for your home.

  • Safety. Outdoor lighting makes an excellent deterrent to criminals, who prefer to do their dirty work in the dark. It also lets you get form your car to your front door without stumbling, and get the door open without a lot of fuss and bother. A lighting control system lets you automatically turn such lights on, either at a preset time or even remotely via an app. That makes your home safer and more secure.
  • Energy savings. Similarly, with a lighting control system, you don’t have to leave any lights burning all day just so that you can see the door when you get home after dark. It can turn on the lights automatically ten minutes before you arrive home, which helps you save a considerable amount of energy and lower those bills in the process.
  • Resale value. A lighting control system makes your home much more attractive to a potential buyer, turning it into an investment as much as an immediate tool. The increase in resale value should be enough to offset at least some of the cost it took to set the system up in the first place.

For more reasons to install a lighting control system for your home, or to set up an installation session, contact the experts at Electrical Connection. Lighting shouldn’t be handled by a fly by night service. We have been in business since 1985 and we have decades of experience to back up all of our services. If you’d like to upgrade your lighting system, pick up the phone and give us a call today and let our professional electricians in Farmington help you with your lighting needs. You’ll be glad you did!

3 Things to Consider When Installing a Security System in Wethersfield

May 23rd, 2014

Having an effective security system for your home is no longer something to do out of paranoia: it’s simply good sense and an excellent investment. There’s a peace of mind you’ll receive from an effective security system that makes it worth the installment price alone.

However, you should rely on professionals to help you select the right system and set it up so it does the job you expect from it. There are many varieties, layouts, and brands available for security system monitoring in Wethersfield, CT that you’ll feel relieved to have specialists helping you through each of the complex steps.

You can find all the help you need for security systems through Security Connection, a division of Electrical Connection, Inc. that specializes in protecting homes with cutting-edge technology. Here are 3 things you should consider when it comes to installing a home security system:

1. There is a system that fits your budget

Modern security systems do not have to break the bank, nor are they out of reach of all but the wealthiest homeowners. There is a range of prices and services, and in many cases a less expensive system will fit your home perfectly and provide the level of protection that you need.

2. What about CCTV and video surveillance?

The common idea people have in their minds of home security system is an alarm that goes off and alerts local authorities or private security. But with the work of experts at video monitoring, you can have professional levels of closed circuit television keeping a protective watch on the outside of your home. Installers will find the most cost-effective way to set this up.

3. There are many additional features you can choose

A security monitoring system can go beyond surveillance and alarms and offer you more defense with upgrades. Some common additions for security systems are carbon monoxide detector, fire alarms, leak detector, and climate control. You may already have some of these systems installed in your home, but with the right technicians on the job, you can integrate them all into one control center, making it easy to keep your home safe.

There are many options to consider for security system monitoring in Wethersfield, CT. To get started, call our specialists at Electrical Connection, Inc. today and set up an appointment. We will find the security solution for your home that will fit your budget and deliver safety and peace of mind.