ACFI and GCFI: What Do They Mean?

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Electricians commonly talk in acronyms that are often confusing for homeowners. But when it comes to GCFI and ACFI receptacles, it’s worth knowing what they stand for, since it directly involves the safety of your home.

 

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Do I Need a Licensed Electrician to Install My New A/C?

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Central air conditioning is a desirable luxury and a major investment, both in your comfort and the value of your home. On the other hand, a new A/C unit that’s installed incorrectly can lead to repeated breakdowns. And when you try to DIY the electrical wiring or leave it to a friend or amateur, you are setting up your central air unit for failure. Ensure your new A/C doesn’t cause more problems than it fixes – let a licensed electrician finalize the hookup.

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Hiring an Electrician Is Safer and Smarter Than Wiring on Your Own

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Don’t take the do-it-yourself approach when you need electrical wiring updates – it might seem like a good opportunity to save money, but it could get you seriously injured. It could also cause issues that put lives in danger. Just because you could potentially do the work on your own doesn’t mean you should. Here are three reasons why:

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Do You Need an Electrician to Wire a Smart Thermostat?

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Smart thermostats in homes have begun to gain popularity in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. The most recent statistics report that one in eight American houses have a programmable thermostat. And it’s projected that by 2020, nearly 40 million homes will be using a smart thermostat to help regulate heating and cooling.

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4 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

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Your electrical panel might not look like it does much, but it’s the hub of your home’s power. It’s responsible for bringing electricity into the home, then diverting it where it needs to go.
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How Electricians Help Create the Perfect Lighting Design

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When it comes to interior lighting design, you want the lighting in your home positioned to both illuminate a room and highlight its best features. But deciding where to install lighting isn’t always a simple process.

 

Before adding lights, you must take into account the size of the room, your desire for lighting control, the current electrical wiring set-up and how to create an even balance of illumination throughout the home. As experienced industry professionals, our electricians have the knowledge and skills needed to support your quest for perfect lighting design.
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How to Prepare for a Snowstorm Power Outage

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Christmas may be over, but winter is still here. From freezing rain to dangerously low temperatures, ‘tis the season of blizzards and snowstorms. Winter precipitation not only creates hazardous driving conditions but also can cause power outages, sometimes for several days. Below, we’ve created a checklist to help you and your family prepare for snowstorm power outages:  
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Electrical Hazards You Shouldn’t Ignore

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The average person considers their home to be a safe haven for their families. However, when it comes to your home’s electrical system, the safe space can become a danger zone if electrical hazards aren’t identified and addressed right away. There are dozens of ordinary, yet overlooked electrical risks and here are a few of the top electrical hazards to identify and fix in order to keep your home safe for the people who live in it:
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Hanging Outdoor Seasonal Lights? 4 Electrical Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

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It’s that time of the year: trick-or-treating, family feasting, and last but not least, the traditional Christmas sweater contests. The holiday season is definitely here. From October through December, many families take pride in decorating their homes and yards by hanging outdoor seasonal lights. If you’re ready to finally win that neighborhood house decorating contest, or just excited to get in the festive mood, here are four electrical tips to keep your home safe when hanging seasonal lights:
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What to Look for When Choosing an Electrician

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Choosing an electrician isn’t as easy as screwing in a lightbulb. When it comes to quality, electrical wiring, searching for a cheap handyman may not be the best option. Even the smallest wiring mishap can blow a fuse, become a serious fire hazard, or worse.
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