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Does Your Home Have These 4 Electrical Hazards?

home electrical safety sign imageWe see a lot of electrical hazards in homes in our line of work and we always let homeowners know when we see them. Some are big and some are small, but electricity is never something to take chances with. At Jeremy Electrical, we’ve compiled a list of the most common electrical hazards we see in homes. If you think your home may have any of these hazards, give us a call and we can take care of them.

Missing GFCIs in the Kitchen, Bathroom and Outdoors – GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are a requirement anywhere that electrical outlets and water will be in close proximity to one another. GFCIs detect current leakages (or ground faults) in electrical circuits and immediately cut power to that outlet. This prevents shock and electrocution if an electrically powered hair dryer, toaster, etc. makes contact with water. Your home does not have these if your outlets have two prongs instead of three and don’t have a button on them that can be depressed.

No Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) – An arc (similar to an electrical short) produces intensely hot sparks that can set fire to nearby combustible materials. Arcs often happen in appliance or extension cords that have become frayed or cracked. AFCIs are able to detect certain types of dangerous arcing conditions and the AFCI breaker trips. They look and work just like conventional circuit breakers and fit into electrical panels in the same way. Not only do they protect against overloads and short circuits, but they also electronically sense arcing. If an AFCI breaker trips, call an electrician.

Old Electrical Panels – Electrical panels, sometimes called breaker boxes, pose several hazards. Old panels can cause fires if overloaded. If fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently, it may be an indication that your home’s circuits are overloaded. If you notice burn marks, hear buzzing or cracking, or smell burning plastic around or inside the electrical panel, have a qualified electrician check the panel immediately. We replace old panels to rid your home of this danger. For more information about electrical panels, check out our Electrical Panel Safety Checklist.

Extension Cords – Extension cords are a temporary, not permanent, wiring solution. They can become frayed or damaged which could lead to a fire. If you use extension cords, check them periodically for damage, and never repair them by splicing.

At Jeremy Electrical, we see these hazards commonly. If you’re not sure if your home has any of these electrical safety hazards, give us a call and Jeremy Electrical will perform a home electrical safety inspection. Give us a call at 913-375-0070.

3 Electrical Panel Brands You Don’t Want in Your Home

breaker box - photo for Jeremy Services blogElectrical panels are vital to the everyday operation of your home. They are the central nervous system of your home’s electricity. All of the electricity in your home flows through your panel, and it keeps your home safe by detecting electrical problems such as circuit overloads, and tripping the circuit to keep your home from hazards like fires.

Knowing basic information about your panel is very important. You should know the size and brand of your panel to ensure it’s up to code, and there are no known recalls or known issues. There are several electrical panel brands that are known to cause problems. If your home has any of the brands below, you will want to call the trusted electricians at Jeremy Electrical to assess your electrical panel, and possibly replace it with a new one.

Federal Pacific

These breakers were commonly installed in homes around the United States from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Several tests over the years have shown that one in four of these breakers will be defective and not properly trip, causing a fire hazard.

Zinsco

While there are very few of these breakers in operation today, they were once very popular. As society’s electrical demands increased though, these breakers were not able to keep up. It was found that they would allow electricity to burn until it runs out or the wires melted, leaving homes at risk of fire and homeowners at risk for shock.

Pushmatic or Bulldog

These types of breakers are older systems that don’t have any replacement parts that are manufactured anymore, which is part of the problem. They’ve also been found to be grease-fed breakers, which means that if they are not used and serviced regularly, they become difficult to operate.

If you don’t have one of the panels above, but know yours is getting old, it might be time to replace it anyway. All panels wear over time, and we suggest replacing yours at least every 20 years or so. If you’re not sure how old yours is, we can come perform a safety inspection to determine if yours needs to be replaced or not. Check out our Electrical Panel Safety Checklist to make sure yours is safe and up to code.

3 Electrical Upgrades to Make to Your Home

alternative-energyMake some updates to your home before the holidays sneak up on you. While bigger projects might take too long to complete before the Christmas parties begin, smaller projects that a licensed electrician can take care of can have a big impact on the look and feel of your home. Here are just a few ways the electricians at Jeremy Electrical can help you update your home this season.

Update Your Kitchen Lighting

Updates to your kitchen are always a good idea before the holidays because the kitchen is the heart of your home. Brighten up your kitchen, and make it seem more inviting by adding soft lighting under your cabinets or inside your glass cabinets to show off your festive dishware. Or add more modern lighting fixtures above your kitchen island or sink. This is a great way to revive a dated kitchen.

Add AFCI & Service Panel Upgrades

Now is a great time to ask your electrician to add AFCI’s in your home and to check for a service panel upgrade. If you like to decorate your home for the holidays with lights and other decorations that require electricity, you’re going to be using a lot of juice.

This could increase your chances of a house fire or a power outage in your home. Installing AFCI’s will help prevent fire hazards before they can start, shutting off electricity to the outlet if it senses an imbalance. Also, make sure your service panel can handle all of the extra electronics. Your electrician can make sure that your home’s electrical load hasn’t exceeded the capacity of your breaker, which is crucial to preventing power outages.

Switch to LED Lights or Solar PV Panels

Switching to LED lights or Solar Photovoltaic Panels before the holidays is a great way to keep your energy bills down. While you can buy LED lights and switch them out yourself, or buy LED holiday lights to decorate with, some lighting systems in your home will require help from an electrician. Lighting systems with a dimmer don’t tolerate LED lights well, and wear them out much sooner. Call one of our electricians  to install an LED-friendly dimming system for you.

Another option to go green and save some green this holiday season is to have a professional electrician from Jeremy Electrical install Solar PV Panels on your home. Solar panels harness the power of the sun instead of using fossil fuels to create energy for your home.

Call us today at (913) 375-0070 to make these electrical updates to your home before the holidays.

Jeremy Electrical Helps You Charge Your Electric Vehicle Conveniently

Do you love technology? Are you always the first to get the latest gadget? If this sounds like you, and you already have an electric car, it’s time to install your in-home charging station with help from Jeremy Electrical.

EVSE Home Charger KCCharge Your Car While You Recharge

If you have an electric car it usually charges by way of an Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, or EVSE. But not all electric vehicles come with their own residential charging station, so now many drivers are installing their own for the sake of convenience. It takes a few hours to fully charge your electric car, so it can be a pain to sit at a community charging station for long periods of time. By installing one in your own garage you can conveniently charge your electric car at home while you eat a meal, sleep at night, or catch up on your favorite TV series.

Make Sure Your Service Panel Can Handle the Load

The reason we suggest having a seasoned electrician install your EVSE is so that nothing is overlooked. Before an EVSE is installed, you need to know how many amps it is, and how many amps your circuit breaker is rated for. A 30-amp EVSE (which is pretty common) requires a circuit breaker rated for at least 40 amps. If you don’t know these numbers before installing your ESVE, you risk overloading your circuit breaker and your charging station. A licensed electrician like Jeremy Electrical will make sure your EVSE is installed correctly and that your service panel can handle the load.

Go Portable

If your cars are your pride and joy, you may park your car far from any place it can get dinged or scratched (we get it). But that can be difficult when you want to charge your electric car from your garage wall. We’ve got you covered, though. We can install a portable charger in your garage. Rather than a hard-wire installation, we can install a special outlet in your wall where you can run a cord from your portable EVSE stand to your wall. This not only makes it easier and more convenient to charge your car no matter where it’s parked, but it’s easier to transport to a new location if you move.

Call Jeremy Electrical to get your EVSE set up and running so you can charge your electric car conveniently.  You can reach us at (913) 375-0070.

It’s Hot Tub Season!

Lights for your KC Hot TubJust because the days are getting colder doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself inside until spring. It’s officially hot tub season now! It’s the perfect weather to unwind in your relaxing Jacuzzi. So make sure yours is fully decked out for your enjoyment this season. Here’s how Jeremy Electrical can help:

Hot Tub Lighting

Create a relaxing atmosphere with ambiance lighting in your hot tub. Our trained and talented technicians can expertly wire your hot tub and help create an enjoyable hot tub experience. From LED neon lighting to soft halogen lights, we can handle it. LED lights come in a wide range of colors that can be adjusted to change. It’s like having a private light show in your own hot tub! Many halogen lights resemble the typical lighting you would find in a pool at night. These tend to be softer in nature. There is a spa lighting system for almost every hot tub and mood.

Outdoor Speakers & Lighting

Make sure you are getting the best experience possible by adding outdoor lighting and outdoor speakers into the mix, too. Jeremy Electrical can install overhead or accent lighting so you can enjoy your hot tub even after dark. Plus, outdoor lighting makes getting to your hot tub and back to the house safer by illuminating the path.Outdoor speakers can allow you to relax to your favorite tracks without having to hassle with your smart phone or having to drag your boom box and extension cord outside, which can be dangerous near water.

Make the most out of your hot tub. Call us today at (913) 375-0070 to have a Jeremy Electrical electrician install spa and outdoor lighting, or outdoor speakers to boost your hot tub experience this season.

Electrician Checklist for Homeowners

Electrician Checklist WiresWhen your electrician is at your home working on something, make sure you get the most out of him. Here is a great checklist of items that you probably have around your house that you should ask your electrician to check on before he leaves. While not all of these items are life or death, having them reviewed periodically by your technician can give you some peace of mind.

Loose Outlets

Ask your electrician to make sure any outlet covers are fully secured. Loose outlet covers can expose wires, which can be a health and fire hazard, especially when in easy reach of young children or pets.

GFCI & AFCI’s

Make sure your electrician periodically checks and tests your GFCI and AFCI plugs. GFCI’s and AFCI’s are meant to protect from shock and electrocution as well as fire hazards in your home, but do you no good if they aren’t properly working. Your electrician should be able to run a quick test to assess their ability to keep your home and family safe.

Ceiling Fans

While ceiling fans typically have long lifespans, it’s still a good idea to have your electrician check them out. A loose mount or blade could be a safety hazard, and it could also make your fan less effective in general.

High Ceiling Lighting

Don’t try to fix something in your home that could put you at danger. Leave it up to the professionals. If your high ceiling lights are blown out, ask your electrician to replace or fix them. They will have the necessary equipment to do the job right.

Outdoor Outlets

You can also ask your electrician to double check on your outdoor outlets. They will make sure they are clear of debris like dirt and leaves, as well make sure they won’t create a safety hazard for your family in the near future.

Service Panels & Breakers

It’s always a good idea to ask your electrician to check on your home’s service panel or breaker. Your electrician can make sure that your home’s electrical load hasn’t exceeded the capacity of your breaker, which is crucial to preventing power outages.

 

Call us at (913) 375 -0070 and Jeremy Electrical can take care of everything from lighting installations to home safety inspections.

3 Tips to Significantly Cut Your Energy Bill

Stop spending pocketfuls of money on your Kansas City area home’s energy bill each month. While it may seem like a necessary evil, there are actually a few things you can do to lessen that evil. Here are three ways you can significantly cut your energy bill with help from Jeremy Electrical Service.

Install LED LightingLED light bulb

An easy way to start saving money today is by switching all the incandescent and fluorescent lighting in your home to LED bulbs. This little switch will not only save you on your next bill, but it’s a great investment, too. You’ll see savings for years to come. LED lights can produce the same amount of light wattage as an incandescent bulb for only 1/5th of the energy. Plus, LED bulbs can last nearly 18 years before burning out. That’s several years longer than other types of bulbs.

alternative energy solar power install overland parkInstall Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Stop relying on your local power provider. This may seem like going back into the dark ages, but it’s actually like breaking free. Be your own power provider by installing Solar Photovoltaic Panels with Jeremy Electrical. These solar panels are powered by the sun, and can produce an infinite amount of clean and renewable energy for your home. The panels have a lifespan of 25 years or more, and are government subsidized so you can get a tax break next year! Our company is approved to install such systems in the area and can walk you through the process.

Beware of Phantom Loads

Your home has phantom loads, but that doesn’t mean it’s a haunted house. Phantom loads, also known as standby power or vampire power, is the electricity consumed by an electrical device while it’s turned off or in standby mode. This is the energy that maintains your TV settings and runs the clock on your microwave even when those devices aren’t in use. A joint study with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental agencies found that phantom loads could account for a full 10% of your monthly energy bill. One way to prevent this energy sucker is by unplugging devices when they aren’t in use. If this is too inconvenient, try setting your power strips on a timer so your electronics can be powered off during low usage times.

Call Jeremy Electrical today at (913) 375-0070 to help you cut your energy bill for good.

FAQ: Do I Need to Rewire My Older Home?

We get many frequently asked questions about our electrical services and how they can help keep your home safer. One we get a lot is, “Do I need to rewire my older home?” Our electric experts give the scoop on how to handle wiring problems in older homes.

Your Service Panel Is Important Too

While good wiring is important to keep your home’s electrical appliances working safely, it’s equally important to make sure your service panel is up to date. Many older homes built in the 60’s and 70’s have good wiring, but are in need of a new service panel. An outdated service panel or fuse box could cause your breaker to shutoff, or could even cause an electrical fire. If your home’s service panel is as old as your older home, your electrical needs have likely increased since then, which means you likely need an upgrade. The electricians at Jeremy Electrical can assess your electrical needs and test your current service panel to determine what course of action you should take.

Make Sure Your Home Has AFCIs

Our owner always says, “The age of the wiring is not as important as what is protecting your wiring.” That’s because unprotected wiring can lead to more serious problems, like electrical fires. To protect your home’s wiring, your home should have operating Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters, or AFCIs, are circuit breakers that are specifically designed to help prevent house fires. They decide which arcs are harmless and which are more serious, and disconnect power before a fire starts. An arc could be as simple as switching off a light, or as serious as poor wiring or a dog chewing on a cord. These are very important components of your home’s electrical wiring, but many older homes in Kansas City don’t have these installed. It’s important to call a trusted electrician to test your existing AFCIs or install new ones.

Call Jeremy Electrical Service at (913) 375-0070 to test the electrical safety of your Kansas City area home.