What Makes a Carbon Monoxide Detector So Vital?

May 18th, 2015

Perhaps the easiest way in which to answer the question above is simply to inform readers that carbon monoxide detectors are required in many areas. In order to help you to better understand just how vital it is that your carbon monoxide detector is expertly installed and in fine working condition, we’ve put together some information regarding the threats posed by CO exposure. If you have any questions regarding carbon monoxide detectors, or if you require any carbon monoxide detector services, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. Your safety is a top priority. That is why you should call Electrical Connection, Inc. for your carbon monoxide detector services in Central Connecticut.  Continue Reading

Why Consider LED Lighting?

May 18th, 2015

We here at Electrical Connection, Inc. specialize in a number of areas, with indoor lighting services being among the most common. When living in a dorm room or an apartment, the type of indoor lighting systems used are not generally something that residents are all too concerned with. When you own your own home, though, these details become much more important. Not only do you want the lighting design in your home to be both fashionable and functional, but you also want to know that you are lighting your home in a safe and efficient manner. LED lighting is a great way in which to do so. Contact us today if you have questions about the use and benefits of LED lights in Central Connecticut.  Continue Reading

How Does An Automatic Standby Generator Work?

May 11th, 2015

It can be stressful and costly to lose power. At least, it can be if you’re unprepared. That is why you should consider the installation of an automatic standby generator in Central Connecticut. Such systems switch on automatically upon sensing that the electricity servicing your home has cut out. To learn more about how an automatic standby generator can positively impact your home, contact the experts at  Electrical Connection, Inc today. Continue Reading

3 Things to Consider When Installing a New Generator

May 4th, 2015

Summertime means thunderstorms here in Central Connecticut, and while civic power systems are set up to handle such incidents, a power outage is always a possibility. Prudent homeowners would do well to consider the installation of a generator in their homes: enabling them to keep the lights and power on even in the midst of severe weather. If you’ve made the decision to purchase one, you’re doing your home and your family a great service. But before you schedule an installation appointment, you should nail down some of the details with help from a qualified expert. Here are 3 things to consider when installing a new generator.

1.      Power Needs

Generators are capable of comfortably generating a set amount of power. If you underestimate those power needs, your generator won’t be able to handle the load when called upon. Before buying, perform an energy audit of your home and determine which lights and appliances you need in an emergency, then make your purchase accordingly.

2.      Placement

Generators make a lot of noise, and will emit exhaust fumes as part of their functioning. You should ensure the quality of the muffler for the noise, and regardless of the bells and whistles, you need to find a spot for your generator that won’t distract you with noise, and a spot that provides adequate ventilation for the exhaust fumes.

3.      Maintenance Services

Generators may sit unused for quite a while before being called into service. When planning for installation, make sure you set up a regular maintenance and repair schedule with your provider. That way, your generator will be ready to go whenever trouble hits.

Connecticut residents interested in a new generator should contact the experts at Electrical Connection Inc. We can provide reliable advice on the type of generator for you, then perform the installation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

Ask a Central Connecticut Electrician: Why Upgrade a Service Panel?

April 27th, 2015

Your electrical system is one of the most important components of your home. The electricity that comes from the street ties into a central service panel that distributes the power throughout your home to the switches and electrical outlets. That service panel handles all of the electricity that comes into your home. If you have an old service panel or a fuse box, upgrading it to a new circuit breaker panel can have tremendous potential benefits.  Not only that, but it also acts as a safety measure in case there is a surge in the power it will automatically break the connection so that your home won’t catch fire. Continue Reading

Report Any Electrical Problems in Central Connecticut ASAP

April 20th, 2015

When it comes to their electrical systems, Central Connecticut homeowners can’t afford to take chances. Beyond providing light and heat, your electrical system needs to conform to certain safety parameters, which can be compromised if something goes wrong. A trained electrician can make repairs, but you need to report any electrical problems ASAP. Contact Electrical Connection, Inc. immediately to do so. Continue Reading

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.