Archive for August, 2018

Surge Protection for your home.by Tina • August 28th, 2018

The Average Home Could Have Over $15,000 Worth of Valuable Electronics and Appliances… which are susceptible to the damaging effects of surges.

 

What is a Surge? A surge is an electrical disturbance that travels through your AC power and cable lines, potentially damaging home electronics and appliances. Where Do Surges Come From? • Lightning • Utility disturbances • Home appliances turning on/off

Complete Surge Protection for Your Home Today’s typical homeowner protects sensitive electronic equipment with the use of surge strips. Unfortunately, surge strips do not provide adequate protection. Eaton provides a comprehensive product offering to protect your home electronics against surge events. These products are tested to the highest industry standards for ultimate safety, and offer competitive warranties.

End of Summer Repairsby Tina • August 23rd, 2018

“End of Summer Repairs

A balmy summer can do a number on your home both inside and out. Heat can cause surfaces to contract, increasing the chances of cracking. Humidity will increase the growth of mildew, mold and bacteria. Protect your home before those cold winter months arrive!!

Protect your deck, patio or porch
Sweep away the summer dust look for signs of holes, cracks or chipping paint. Use wood putty or stone filler to repair any surface damage. Sand away chipping or cracked paint or stain, then repaint the surface before the wet season starts.

Repair your driveway
Fill any cracks in your paved driveway to prevent winter rain from eroding the surface further. Depending on the type of surface and the desired look, use cement, epoxy filler, liquid cement filler, asphalt filler or concrete crack sealant.

Clean your kitchen sink and garbage disposal
Humidity and sun will increase bacteria population in your kitchen sink. Pour garbage disposal cleaner down the drain to remove small clogs and disinfect the drain. To remove any food stains or rust in your sink, use bleach or calcium, lime and rust cleaner.

Clean or Replace the Air Filter
Summer humidity will add bacteria, mold and mildew to your dusty household air filter. Wash the old filter and leave it to dry in the sun. For disposable filters, buy a replacement filters at you local hardware store.

Clean your garbage cans
To counter the effects of summer heat and humidity, wipe your garbage cans and the area around them with anti-bacterial wipes. Then spray the area with disinfectant spray that will kill lingering bacteria. Place a garbage bag in the can immediately after spraying to keep the cleaning agent trapped in the can.

Clean your bathrooms
Mildew, mold and soap scum build up more quickly in the hot summer months, especially in humid bathrooms. Use a strong soap scum cleaner for your tub, tile and shower glass surfaces. Spray mildew or mold with bleach based killer. Leave clean grout to dry, then repair any cracks with fresh grout, or reseal the area with bath silicone sealant.

Clean Gutters
Gutter debris from the previous winter might clog your spouts and cause gutter overflow when the rain starts.

Vacuum Upholstery
With windows kept open throughout summer and fans circling air, furniture upholstery, pillows and curtains collect more dust than usual. Vacuum pillows and upholstery and also clean your curtains and blinds.

Prepare outdoor furniture for winter
Wash the summer dust off your outdoor furniture and leave it to dry in the sun. If you detect signs of rust or paint chips and cracks, spray paint the furniture with outdoor paint for wood, metal or plastic. Buy a cheap tarp at your home improvement store to cover your furniture if you store it outside in winter.

Upfront Staightforward Pricing!by Tina • August 23rd, 2018

We are committed to always providing upfront, straightforward pricing on all of our services. Give us a call at (401) 397-3415 to learn more about our electrical services.

Random Power Strikesby Tina • August 21st, 2018

 

 

 

Are You Prepared for Random Power Strikes? You can’t predict when your home wiring will take hits from lightning strikes or voltage spikes. But you can do a lot to prepare now to protect your expensive electronics and appliances for those unexpected moments when utility disruptions or weather conditions send power surges through your lines. The first step is to let us give you our professional recommendation. We’ll gladly advise you on the best solutions for surge protection and show you how a whole-house solution can protect all the electric devices in your home. Give Airhart Electric, Inc. a call at 401- 397-3415 to get your surge protection in place.

Is Your Wiring Acting Weird?by Tina • August 21st, 2018

Is Your Wiring Acting Weird?
Give us a call if you notice circuit breakers that trip frequently, lights that often flicker or dim, lamps that create buzzing sounds, outlets that are warm to the touch or any other wiring “weirdness.” We detect and correct problems so you can enjoy safer electrical service. Call us today 401-397-3415

Home Electrical Fire Preventionby Tina • August 16th, 2018

Home Electrical Fire Prevention

Did you know that electrical fires claim the lives of over 280 Americans a year and cause injury
to a 1,000 or more people?? Many of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but even more are caused by incorrectly
installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.

Home electrical fires during a typical year account for 26,100 fires and $ 1 billion in property loss. About half of those residential
electrical fires involve electrical wiring.

The most dangerous months for electrical fires are December/January . Fire deaths are at there highest in the winter months because
of more indoor activities  and the increase in lighting, heating and appliance use. The bedroom is the most common area for most residential electrical fires. However if the electrical fire begins in the living room/family room/den those areas result in the most deaths.

Most causes of electrical fires result in problems with  “fixed wiring” such as old wiring and faulty outlets. Electrical cords ( extension or appliance cords), plugs, receptacles, and switches can also be the cause to many home electrical fires. Light fixtures and lamp/light bulbs are also a leading cause of electrical fires. Misuse of electrical cords are the cause to many fires, overloading circuits, poor maintenance, and running the cords under rugs or in high traffic areas that increase the risk of a fire hazard.

There are many Safety Precautions that may be taken to decrease the risk of an electrical fire.

– Check your electrical appliances and wiring. Replace worn, damaged or old appliance cords. Do not try to fix them.

– Major and small appliances should be directly plugged into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord. Unplug small appliances
when not in use.

– If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three slot, grounded outlet.

– Use only surge protectors or power strips that have internal overload protection.

– Surge protectors also protect your home from powerful lightening storms.

– Keep clothes, curtains and other items that can catch fire at least three feet from all portable electric space heaters.

– Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.

– Extension cords are for temporary use only.
– Electrical work should be done by a qualified electrician. Call an electrician if you have any of the following:

– Recurring problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
– A tingling feeling when you touch an appliance
– Discolored or warm wall outlets or switches.
– A burning smell or rubbery odor coming from an appliance.
– Flickering lights.
– Sparks from a wall outlet.

Before You Hire

Five smart things to look for when hiring an electrician. Plus a couple of good ways to help avoid scams.

Learn more »

Up Front Pricing

Airhart Electric will always provide upfront, straight forward pricing on all of our services and projects.

Learn more »

Going Green

As part of Airhart Electric's effort to go green we offer renewable energy products for the home and business.

Learn more »

Keeping You Informed

Stay informed and up to date with our latest happenings and helpful electrical related information.

Learn more »