One way to enjoy the summer days is with a pool in the backyard. Having family and friends over while you float in the pool and let the kids enjoy the water is an excellent way to make memories that will last a lifetime. Of course, you want to make sure the pool is safe for you and your guests to use and that it doesn’t pose any electrocution hazards. Large pools, whether they are above ground or in ground require electricity. It may sound like a disaster waiting to happen considering the relationship between water and electricity, but an electrician in Burbank can help ensure it is safe. The team at H Electric wants you to enjoy your summer, safely.
You will need an electrical outlet to run the pool filter, pump and heater if you choose to have one. Many homeowners like to have automatic pool covers that also require electricity to operate. You certainly don’t want extension cords running from your pool to the house. It isn’t safe and generally is against city code. You need a receptacle placed somewhat near the pool so your equipment can be plugged directly in without the use of extension cords. 6 feet is typically as close as you want to get the receptacle, but you don’t want it anymore than 20 feet away.
Your electrician can take care of all the Burbank electrical needs. You will need what is referred to as a sub-panel to operate the receptacle. The pool equipment will require enough electricity that it needs its own panel. If there isn’t enough room in your existing electric panel, you will need an upgrade to accommodate the additional electrical requirements. These are all issues your electrician will discuss with you. Give H Electric a call today and schedule your appointment to make your backyard pool a safe place to enjoy.
Spring and summer projects are an excellent way to add value to your home while making it reflect your personality. Some of those home improvement jobs may include remodeling a room or adding an additional room. Remodeling is a lot easier and more affordable than buying a new home. You don’t have to suffer in cramped quarters or deal with inadequate space that makes you dream of having something different. An electrician in Burbank can help you transform an old bedroom into the office space you need or add an additional bedroom for your growing family. The team at H Electric can help you get started with your remodeling project.
You will want to meet with an electrician to discuss exactly what it is you are looking for. If you are using a contractor to complete the job, the contractor will likely need to outsource the electrical work. You don’t have to go with the electrician the contractor chooses. You do have a say in choosing who you allow to work in your home. Before hiring a contractor, make sure you have that option.
Some of the things you may want to discuss with your electrician are the addition of outlets in the room. With all of the gadgets we use in today’s world, two or three outlets in a room is simply not enough. You will also want to discuss the existing light fixture. While remodeling, it is an excellent time to upgrade an old fixture for a new one that is more energy efficient. This will require the services of somebody familiar with Burbank electrical matters. All of these jobs can be handled by your electrician. If you are ready to make your home a more suitable place for you to live, give H Electric a call today and schedule your remodeling appointment.
A hot shower is a glorious thing and can melt away a rough day or get you going in the morning. Sometimes, the hotter the shower, the more enjoyable and soothing it is. However, hot water means steam and steam means condensation. Your bathroom needs a little help getting rid of the condensation otherwise the moisture can damage the walls, the flooring and the ceiling. An electrician in Burbank can help you prevent your bathroom walls from being damaged by moisture. The team at H Electric is ready to help you do what is necessary to keep your home safe from excessive moisture.
A bath fan is the answer to your moisture problem in the bathroom. Bath fans pull the steam from a hot shower out of the room and push it outside. This will keep the steam from collecting on the walls and causing warping. The constant moist, warm environment makes a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew. As you are aware, mold growth can be extremely dangerous to humans and could ruin a home’s value. Mold remediation is a costly venture. If you can prevent it, you should. It is important to keep a home as dry as possible to prevent any irreparable damage.
Bath fans can replace your existing light fixture in the bathroom or a new hole can be cut into the ceiling. Many of the fans available today have lights and heaters that will keep the bathroom warm providing you with a comfortable environment to step out of the shower in to. There is some wiring involved with installing the bath fan and you will need an electrician familiar with Burbank electrical standards. A light switch will also need to be installed to control the fan. If you would like to schedule your bath fan installation, give H Electric a call today.
If you are one of those people who likes to take advantage of the latest stuff technology has to offer, you are going to want to pay attention. Even if you are not one of those people, you really cannot afford not to give LED lights a try. In the past few years, we have seen these tiny little bulbs become more popular. Things like tiny flashlights that are much brighter than a full size flashlight have amazed us. These tiny LEDs are extremely bright and take very little battery power to run making than an ideal option for our emergency bags. We have also seen an uptick in Christmas lights being made with these lights. Clearly, we are on to something and an electrician in Burbank is here to tell you about LED light strips for your home. You can always call H Electric to learn more about these items.
LED light strips are one of the latest lighting trends to hit the market. They are literally sold in strips or rolls. An electrician will go about measuring the area where the lights will be placed and then cut the strips. From there, the electrician will complete the Burbank electrical needs by adding a plug to the strip to be plugged into an outlet. Places like under the kitchen cabinets are made bright with these tiny lights. You won’t have to worry about the overhead light being blocked by the cabinets or you while you are working in the kitchen.
Another ideal place for the LEDs is in your closet, especially along the bottom. A packed closet makes it nearly impossible to see the floor with a single light. By adding an LED light strip along the base of the closet, you will never have to worry about choosing a black shoe and a navy blue shoe. Your closet will be fully lit! If you would like to schedule your LED light strip installation, give H Electric a call today.
Driving an electric car has some serious advantages. One of the main reasons people opt to buy an electric car is the gas savings. Most models can drive about 60 miles on a fully charged battery. That is a typical commute for those who live in the city. That means no need to stop and get gas every couple of days and drain your bank account of your hard earned money. Unfortunately, many electric car owners are discovering one major problem with their electric car—a full charge can take a long time to reach. This doesn’t have to be a problem anymore. An electrician in Burbank, like those at H Electric, can help you with a solution to your electric car charging situation.
The problem is most car chargers that are sold with an electric car are the Level 1 chargers. These are trickle chargers and take around 24 hours to fully charge the car. Not many people have a full 24 hours off between shifts, which means their car is going to be depleted of its charge by the second day of work and forced to rely on gas. A Level II charger is available. This faster charging system is a little more expensive and will require a Burbank electrician to assist with the install, but overall, you would be saving money on your commuting bill.
The faster charging system can fully charge an electric car in about 8 hours depending on the model. This is a more feasible option for those on the go. An electrician will need to install a 240-volt outlet in your garage or carport to run the charger. Before doing so, the electrician will need to do an inspection of your electric panel to ensure there is room for the additional breaker. If there isn’t, you will need an electric panel upgrade. This is all information your friendly electrician from H Electric will explain, just give them a call today.
It isn’t summer yet, but soon the temperatures will be soaring and you will be looking for cost-effective ways to keep your home cool. Now is the time to start planning your summer cooling system when service techs are not stretched thin and booked out for days or even weeks. One option you have is to have an attic fan installed by an electrician. Burbank homeowners can rely on H Electric to take care of this.
An attic fan will help get rid of all of that hot air that is trapped in the attic. The trapped hot air will make it that much harder for your air conditioner to cool your home. Your home will feel cooler with the hot air removed. In the hot summer months, it is not unheard of for attics to exceed temperatures of 120 degrees. Attic fans are extremely beneficial to homes that are 2 floors or more. You have probably noticed upstairs bedrooms are always hotter than those downstairs. Obviously the hot air rises, which makes it warm already, but the rooms are basically sandwiched between the heat rising and the heat trapped in the attic.
A thermostat will be used to turn the fan off and on so it isn’t constantly running. An electrician in Burbank will wire the fan into the attic. The fan will draw the hot air that is trapped in the space and push it out while pulling in the cooler air from outside. You will be amazed at the difference in the temperature of your upstairs room. Your electric bill will also decrease because your air conditioner will not be forced to run constantly to keep your home at the desired temperature. Take the time today to call H Electric and schedule your attic fan installation before the summer heat sneaks up on you.
You probably can’t see the wiring in your house that makes your lights work or feeds electricity to your outlets, but what if you could? Would it look okay to you? In reality, you probably wouldn’t have any idea what you were looking for. Hopefully, you can’t see the wiring. Exposed wires are never a good thing and certainly warrant a call to your local electrician. Burbank homeowners who are not sure about the condition of their wiring or those that can actually see it can call H Electric to perform an electric safety inspection.
If the inspection reveals there are some issues with the existing electrical wiring in the house, it means you will likely need a wiring upgrade. This tends to be more common in homes that are more than 50 years old. However, depending on the quality of the craftsmanship and the codes at the time the home was built, any home could be due for an upgrade. Small upgrades like updated outlets and light fixtures are also an option you have to add an additional layer of protection to your home.
Upgrading the electrical wiring makes your home a little safer and cut down the risk of an electrical fire. Because of the sensitive situation working with electricity, only an experienced electrician in Burbank should do the work. In most situations, county code will require a certified electrician complete the work. This can also help save you money on your homeowner’s insurance. Homes that have been brought up to today’s code standards will often be cheaper to insure. The peace of mind you will get after an electrical inspection and wiring upgrade if needed is priceless. If you are ready to make your home a little safer, give H Electric a call today and schedule your electric safety inspection.
We could all use a little extra change in our pocket. Whether we are saving up for a college education down the road or taking a nice family vacation, every little bit helps. A budget is an excellent way to save money. Part of a budget means watching every little penny. When you are counting pennies, you can count on these tips from your Burbank electrician to help add a little more money to your monthly savings. Reducing your electric bill is possible. The team at H Electric can provide you with more information.
First and foremost, you need to take a good hard look at how much electricity is being wasted by leaving on electronics and lights when it isn’t necessary. If you have kids who are just not getting the hang of switching off the lights, consider installing light sensors that automatically turn on the lights when you enter a room and off when the room is vacant.
Make a conscious effort to cut back on showering time. Shaving a few minutes off of every shower taken in the house on a daily basis can add up to a great deal of energy savings. Along with that, you can turn your water heater down to about 120 degrees to save even more money.
Consider having a ceiling fan installed to help reduce the need for the air conditioner in the summer. This is something an electrician in Burbank can take care of for you. The fan will help with your winter heating bills as well by pushing the hot air down into the living space.
Talk with your family about unplugging electronics including chargers when not in use. Electricity is stilled pulled from items when they are plugged in, even if there is nothing being charged or the appliance is off. This is referred to as phantom power.
If you would like to learn more about what you can do to save on your electric bill, give H Electric a call today.
Building the home of your dreams is an exciting adventure. You get the freedom to choose colors, designs and the number of rooms. One aspect many homeowners who are building from the ground up are not aware of is the electric portion of the construction. Your builder will likely recommend an electrician or you can choose your own to complete your Burbank electrical work. At H Electric, you will find electricians who have the experience you want and who are willing to work with you and your builder to get you the best house possible.
Because a contractor will have deadlines, you will want to make sure you hire an electrician who will show up on time, communicate any issues and do the best job possible. A good working relationship between the contractor and electrician in Burbank is a must. You will also want to have the freedom of discussing your wants and needs with the electrician. If you plan on using one room as a home office and need additional data lines and outlets, communicate that to the electrician. It is better to plan for these things and do them before the walls are put up and things get a little more complicated.
If you have an idea of how your kitchen will be set up, feel free to talk with your electrician about the number of outlets you need and where you would like them. If you have a lot of appliances, the electrician may need to install an additional breaker to make sure they can all run without overloading the circuit. These are just some of the things you have the luxury of choosing when you work with a qualified electrician from the onset of your new home construction. Give H Electric a call today to learn more about how we can help you make your dream home a reality.
Those chilly winter nights and mornings can make it a little tough to get moving in the morning. Sitting at your desk or sitting in your favorite chair as you drink your cup of coffee is always a little nicer when you have a space heater in the area to make you feel nice and toasty warm. Be careful you don’t get too warm and never want to leave your spot! However, before you pull out your trusty space heater, there are some precautions you need to take first. Burbank electrical fires are not uncommon and in the winter time, space heaters are often the culprits. At H Electric, we want you to be safe and have put together a list of tips for you to follow before you use your space heater for the first time.
First, before you even plug the heater in, you need to do a careful inspection of the cord. Start from one end and work your way down. Check for any areas where wires are exposed, the plug is loose or discolored, or any cuts or nicks in the protective plastic that protects the electrical wiring in the cord. If you see any signs of wear, take the heater to somebody who can fix the cord before you plug it in. It isn’t worth you risking a fire. You can also call an electrician in Burbank.
If the cord checks out okay, find an available outlet. Do not use an extension cord. Space heaters draw a lot of electricity and can overload an extension cord. Place the heater in an area it has plenty of room to breathe out the back. Do not place it up against a wall, furniture or curtains. The heaters can get very hot and end up sparking a fire when used too close to flammable items.
If you have any more questions or concerns about using your space heater this winter, give H Electric a call today.