Generator Fuel Options

April 13th, 2015

When the electricity supplied to your home from the electrical grid cuts out for any reason, it is essential that you are able to go about business as normal. This is why so many homeowners choose to protect their comfort and their convenience with the use of a whole-house generator. If you are shopping around for a generator with which to power your home in Central Connecticut, then you have likely already discovered that there are many different fuel options available. With all of the generators on the market today, making a decision confidently can be tough; throw multiple fuel options into the mix, and it is only more difficult. Consider the information below, and call Electrical Connection, Inc. with any questions that you may have regarding portable or whole-house generator options.   Continue Reading

Do I Need GFCI Outlets in My Home?

April 6th, 2015

With all of the different electronics and electrical appliances upon which we are so dependent today, it should go without saying that your electrical system is one of the greatest conveniences in your home. It must also be noted, though, that you must take every precaution in order to ensure that your electrical system is as safe to use as it is convenient. Fortunately, there are now more ways than ever in which to ensure that you are using electricity safely throughout your home. One important safety feature of any residential electrical system is the GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet. You don’t necessarily have to have such outlets installed throughout your entire Hartford, CT area home. However, there are certain applications in which GFCI outlets are strongly recommended. Keep in mind the information below, and call Electrical Connection, Inc. to have your GFCI outlets installed and serviced by a qualified, professional electrician.

GFCI outlets are easily identifiable by the “test” and “reset” buttons that they have on the outlet face. The purpose of a GFCI outlet is to provide users with additional protection from electric shock or even electrocution. They do this by measuring the input current against the outgoing. When there is a difference between the two current levels, it means that electricity is escaping from the outlets somewhere: potentially through the body of the user. The GFCI outlet can help to prevent serious injury by almost instantly stemming the flow of electricity through the device.

Because water is such a powerful and effective conductor of electricity, GFCI outlets are generally recommended in any area where damp or wet conditions may prevail. This may include bathrooms and kitchens, garages, outdoor receptacles, laundry rooms, and other areas. As electrical codes are updated, it is more and more common to see GFCI outlets require in more and more situations.

For now, you do not need to have GFCI outlets installed in every area of your home. In truth, though, it is never a bad idea to use such outlets. The benefit of increased safety levels is something that many homeowners simply cannot turn down. If you are ready to upgrade your outlets, or if you’d like more information about how GFCI outlets can protect you and your family, give Electrical Connection, Inc. a call today.

Some of Your Outdoor Lighting Options

April 2nd, 2015

Do you want to show off the landscaping design on your property day and night? Are you concerned about safety and security outside of your home? If so, it may be just the right time to schedule new outdoor lighting installation with a skilled electrician. Electrical installation is always a job for a professional as it’s simply not worth the risk to try it on your own. And when you consult with our professionals about outdoor lighting options in Berlin, you may be surprised to learn just how many different forms of lighting out there. Call Electrical Connection, Inc. for the following lighting installations and more.

  • Landscape Lighting – Whether you want to light up a deck, display your flowers, or shine a spotlight on a garden or the trees outside of your home, our electricians can help. We can install quality landscape lighting so that you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery outdoors from your deck or patio even in the late hours of the night.
  • Pathway Lighting – Do your guests feel safe when they approach your property? Keep any of the paths to your home well-lit by installing any of several options for outdoor path lighting. You can choose between a variety of energy efficient fixtures that won’t add on very much at all to your energy bill from month to month if you choose a quality installer.
  • Security Lighting – Your outdoor lighting can light the way at night and double as security lighting when you choose to install a motion sensor. With automatic motion sensors to go along with your outdoor lighting, you’ll get guidance and security all in one. Any potential trespassers know to keep their distance when the lights come on automatically as they pass by your house, and you’ll be welcomed by your automatic lights as soon as you arrive home.

Electrical Connection, Inc.’s highly qualified team includes master electricians who can take care of all of your outdoor lighting needs in Berlin and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today to consult with our specialists and arrange for your ideal lighting arrangement to come to life.

The Benefits of Security System Monitoring Service

March 25th, 2015

Of course, your family’s safety is your top priority, which is why you keep your home sealed up tight, locking the doors and taking any steps possible to ward off intruders. If you own a business, you’re just as concerned about trespassers on your commercial property. You may have outdoor security lighting, which senses movement and lights up to scare away intruders. You may even have a video camera or a security alarm on your property. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could do even more?

At Electrical Connection, Inc., the safety of your family and your business is important to us as well. That’s why we offer a wide range of security devices, from outdoor automatic security lighting to CCTV surveillance installation. We also set up security system monitoring service, so that you can feel secure whether you’re near the property or not.

What Security System Monitoring Service Includes

When there is nobody guarding your property, security system monitoring service helps to protect all of your investments. Sensors and an alarm connect to an outside monitoring service so that emergency services can be contacted as soon as there is any suspicious activity on your property at all. This includes intrusions and fires, alerting the police or fire department, who may dispatch within minutes. Smoke detectors, motion sensors, and door-and-window contacts communicate a signal so that the authorities can be reached.

With complete security system monitoring throughout your property, you’ll stay informed about what happens on your property, and feel at ease knowing that intruders have little chance of getting through. All of the components of your security system work together—security lights, security alarms, fire alarms, video cameras, and outside services—to provide the ultimate protection against the biggest threats to your property. You can even monitor your security system from a mobile phone and view the live feed from your video surveillance equipment.

For the ultimate in safety and security, trust Electrical Connection, Inc. for all of your security system installation and service needs. We offer a wide range of security services, including security system monitoring, in Farmington and the nearby areas.

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.