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Importance of Hiring a Licensed Electrician

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in K-Co Electric Blog | 0 comments

Importance of Hiring a Licensed Electrician

When you’re looking for an electrician, you may see one quote that is far below the others. When you do, you need to ask how they can charge so much less. Often, the answer will be that the low offer isn’t from a licensed electrician. While having a license may seem like it’s just a technicality that doesn’t really matter, it’s actually one of the most important ways to guarantee the quality of the work and to make sure you’re covered if something goes wrong. Here’s why you should limit your search to licensed electricians: Avoid Personal Liability Working with electricity is dangerous work. While injuries are rare when proper safety steps are taken, accidents do happen. In addition, faulty wiring could lead to fires, and if you live in a condo or place where houses are close together, the fire may not just affect you. If something does happen, the injured party will likely be looking for someone to pay for it. Almost all licensed electricians carry insurance coverage that covers injuries to their workers as well as any injuries or damage arising out of mistakes made in their work. All you’ll need to do is have your insurance company contact theirs. Unlicensed electricians rarely have coverage. If they hurt themselves, they may try to make a claim against your homeowner’s insurance policy or to sue you. If their work leads to injuries or property damage to a neighbor or other third party, that person could end up suing you and you want to be sure you can turn to the electrician for reimbursement.. Know Where to Find Them If Something Goes Wrong Choosing a licensed electrician isn’t just about having someone to pay for any mishaps, it’s also about knowing where to find that person. If you do need to make a claim or if a contractor disappears with your money before the work is satisfactorily completed, good luck trying to find an unlicensed electrician. You should always be able to find a licensed electrician, though, because they’re required to provide the licensing authority with a current address. Many licensed electricians are also required to post a bond that can be used to pay for any outstanding claims. Licensed Electricians are Competent In most areas, part of the licensing process is testing to show minimal competence at performing electrical work. While the standard to pass is relatively low and you should still check reviews to find the best electrician, by using a licensed electrician, you should at least know that their work won’t burn your house down. An unlicensed electrician hasn’t even shown that much. In addition, you’ll also want to make sure your electrician will follow the building code to avoid problems when you sell your house — the licensing process also makes sure electricians are familiar with what permits they need to acquire and how the work needs to be performed to be up to code. Are you looking for a licensed electrician you can count on in Connecticut? Contact K-Co Electric in Plainville, CT...

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Save Money on Electricity: Air Conditioning

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in K-Co Electric Blog | 0 comments

Save Money on Electricity: Air Conditioning

If you’re looking for ways to save money on electricity, take a good look at your air conditioning costs. Though Connecticut had a mild summer, the humidity can still be uncomfortable. Your electricity costs are sure to climb if you don’t make some changes now. Here are the top six tips to save money on electricity and air conditioning all summer long. Use a programmable thermostat If you don’t already have one installed, make this upgrade a priority in your home. A programmable thermostat allows you to program automatic setbacks for while you’re away or sleeping. As a result, you save money on electricity without sacrificing comfort. Install a ceiling fan You can keep the thermostat set to 78 degrees and still feel completely comfortable with the wind chill generated by a ceiling fan. In fact, a 78-degree room feels closer to 74 degrees with a breeze. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when the room is empty since air circulation cools people, not the air. Clean the air filter The cost of a new filter is an investment that helps you save money on electricity. When airflow is ideal, the air conditioner doesn’t have to strain itself to push air through a clogged filter. That’s good news for short term energy bills as well as long-term repair costs and system longevity. Seal air leaks You can save money on electricity cost by reducing the amount of air that infiltrates your home through gaps and cracks in the outer envelope. Start by applying caulk and weatherstripping around windows and doors. Then move onto plumbing penetrations, recessed light fixtures, the chimney and unfinished areas behind cupboards. With less warm air making its way into your home, the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Add insulation The most cost effective location to increase insulation in an existing home is the attic. Take a peak and see how thick the insulation is on the attic floor. You should have several inches to achieve the recommended R-value of R-49 for attics located in Connecticut. It’s likely you need to add between R-19 and R-30 worth of insulation to what you already have to reach this recommended level. Remember, the time and effort needed to improve insulation pays dividends in the winter as well. Invest in a new air conditioner Even if your A/C is still running, it might be more economical to replace it before it suffers a total breakdown. To help you decide, consider the age and efficiency of the air conditioner as well as your current comfort level. If the cooling equipment is more than 10 years old with an efficiency rating lower than 10 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and home comfort has been suffering lately, consider making an upgrade. Clearly, saving money on electricity is not as difficult as you thought. Many changes are simple and cost next to nothing, yet they deliver profound energy savings. Contact K-Co Electric today to learn...

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Considering an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Services | 0 comments

Considering an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Does your home need an upgraded electrical panel? Don’t know? Well, you’re not alone. If you live in an older home, you know how important it is to stay on top of maintenance issues. Failure to identify and correct minor problems in a timely manner can quickly lead to costly repairs and safety concerns. Most people address the obvious problems that they can readily see, such as leaks, peeling paint and other aesthetic deterioration but often neglect the issues that lurk out of sight. And the electrical panel, or “breaker box” in common parlance, is one of those things. The Heart of Your Home Your electrical panel should be near the top of your maintenance checklist. If you’re living in or purchasing an older home, it truly is the humming heart of the house. All electrical power goes through it and if it’s not sufficient to meet your power needs or has deteriorated with age, it can cause not only frustrating performance problems but also serious safety issues. In today’s electricity-dependent world, electrical panel upgrades are often needed in homes built as recently as the 1980s. Why Electrical Panel Upgrades Are Necessary Although average household energy consumption has remained relatively stable over the last decade due to more energy-efficient appliances, this is expected to change in the near future as the economy recovers and reliance on energy-driven products soars. Your electrical panel should be ready to shoulder the extra load. It’s also true that many existing panels simply weren’t intended to handle the energy requirements of modern appliances, computers and other gadgets, especially in Connecticut, which has so many wonderful old homes. How to Know When Electrical Panel Upgrades Are Necessary Of course it’s always best to hire a professional electrician to assess whether or not you need to upgrade your electrical panel, but there are some commonsense warning signs including: Flickering lights Breakers or fuses that constantly trip or blow Melted wires or rust and corrosion on the box or components Breakers that trip when you try to use more than one appliance Obvious signs of overheating or breakers that don’t trip Light bulbs burning out after short use Also, if you’re planning on installing a new appliance in your home that you know will require extra electricity, such as a new freezer, hot tub, sauna or heat pump, you’ll probably want to upgrade your electrical panel. Your homeowner’s insurance rates might be significantly lower after an electrical panel upgrade. And it’s just safe practice to make sure that your panel is safe and up-to-date. It’s important to have a qualified professional assess whether an electrical panel upgrade is necessary. K-Co Electric has been serving the citizens of Connecticut for more than 25 years and has earned a reputation for fast, professional service. Just ask your neighbors — there’s a good chance they’re already familiar with K-Co Electric. Don’t take unnecessary chances with your electrical power; contact K-Co Electric today for a free...

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When You Need an Electrician in Bristol CT, Call K-Co Electric

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Commercial Electrician, K-Co Electric Blog, Residential Electrician | 0 comments

When You Need an Electrician in Bristol CT, Call K-Co Electric

When You Need an Electrician in Bristol CT, Call K-Co Electric When you are in need of an electrician in Bristol CT, you likely need one now. You don’t have time to shop around, compare prices, or check out the BBB ratings. You just want your electricity operating correctly. We hear you. That’s why our main focus is always on performing the job as quickly as possible with very little interruption (if any at all) to your home life or business happenings. And don’t worry; we also have an A+ rating with the BBB and offer the most competitive pricing around. When you call us for any of your electric needs, you can rest easy knowing the job will be completed on time by the most skilled technicians in the business. Here are just a few of the reasons our customers refer to us as the best electrician in Bristol CT: You are our most important customer! Always! Our electricians take promptness seriously. We know how valuable your time is. Every electrician is insured and licensed so you never have to worry about unsatisfactory work. Our technicians are armed with the tools they need to get the job done right the first time, every time. We have over 25 years of experience, so our mistakes have already been made and corrected. All you will get is perfection. Our exceptional customer service and stellar work performance have earned us recognition by the Associated Builders and Contractors Association – Connecticut Division. We will gladly give you a free estimate before beginning any job. You deserve to know how much it will cost you, and we won’t throw in any hidden fees after the fact. When you are really in an emergency situation, we offer immediate and direct access to our owner, Keith Casida. Who can we help? You! It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with an issue with your home’s lighting, if your business is undergoing a renovation, or if you own a rental property that needs service, we can be your trusted electrician in Bristol CT. Here are just a few of the things we can do: Installation – From kitchens to bathrooms to decks and beyond, we do it all. Renovation – Whether it’s a room addition or a complete remodel, you want to make sure your electricity is working correctly. Repair – From blown fuses, to replacing old wiring, to figuring out what the problem is in the first place, we specialize in all repairs for both commercial and residential properties. Maintenance – By inspecting all of the electrical elements in your home or office and performing routine maintenance, you can prevent many costly repairs. Parking Lot Lights – We will keep them running and ensure they are up to code. New Construction – From the ground up, we can install any and all electrical components you need with precision, keeping safety and coding standards in mind at all times. So the next time you need an electrician in Bristol CT, you know whom you need to call. We will treat you like family as we work quickly and accurately to get the job done in a way that will exceed your...

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How Connecticut Residents Can Prevent Electrical Fires

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Repair Maintenance, Residential Electrician, Services | 0 comments

How Connecticut Residents Can Prevent Electrical Fires

You hear about electrical fires on the news, but they are few and far between and usually only happen around the holidays, right? Wrong! Electrical house fires are actually a very serious concern, with almost 50,000 of them occurring every year in the US. That equates to about 1.5 billion dollars of damage and 450 deaths (and that’s just people, not pets). As a Connecticut resident, you already know not to stick a space heater right in front of your curtains, that’s just common sense. Heat and flammable materials don’t mix, that’s House Fire Prevention 101. But here are the not-so-obvious things you need to be doing: Avoid Extension Cords Yes, they are super handy and help you reach things when an outlet is not readily available. However, they were never meant to be permanent fixtures in your home. They are for when you need to cut the grass with your weed eater or use your electric drill to put together a massive dollhouse for your daughter. And that’s it. If you need an extension cord for your alarm clock or end table lamp, rearrange your furniture. Or, hire a Connecticut electrician to install a new outlet right where you need it. Follow Wattage Instructions These are not recommendations. They are rules. Follow them. If your light fixture calls for a 65-watt bulb, don’t try to one-up it and put in a 100-watt one. The fixture was not made to handle that much power, and you do not want to push it past its boundaries. Do Not Repair Damaged Cords Have you been noticing your lamp flickering? Do you get a little shock when you plug in your vacuum? Or do you actually see visible tears or fraying? These are all signs that you are dealing with a damaged cord. While it may seem like an easy fix to just put some duct tape over it, this is asking for trouble. Just bite the bullet and replace the fixture or appliance, or you might regret it. And if you are dealing with actual wall electricity issues, like a faulty outlet, never try to repair them yourself. A Connecticut electrician has years of education and experience to deal with these problems safely. Place Cords Strategically Sometimes outlets just aren’t where you need them. So what do you do? Perhaps you run a cord under the carpet so you can stretch the TV across the room without causing a tripping hazard. Maybe you use the outlet in the hallway for your new audio player because all of the ones in your bedroom are already in use for the clock and lamp. These may seem like genius solutions, but they are actually putting your home at risk. Cords are live currents of electricity, and if they get damaged, fire will ensue. So do not place them under rugs, between closed doors, in high traffic areas, or anywhere else that may compromise their position. Sources:...

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Choose a Plainville Electrician

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Commercial Electrician, electrician in Connecticut, K-Co Electric Blog, Residential Electrician, Services, Slider | 0 comments

Choose a Plainville Electrician

K-Co Electric, your local Plainville, CT electrician, will help you make the most of new electrical conservation technology while keeping you and your family safe. Electricity is increasingly expensive. That is why investing in energy efficient electrical services will pay dividends over time. An experienced electrician can help you maximize your lighting efficiency while bringing quality illumination to required spaces. Lighting should be energy efficient and functional. Fortunately, there are many options available to meet these needs while providing choices that exhibit superior design. The government’s Energy Star Program offers a 30% tax rebate for solar energy use and small wind turbines. Your Connecticut electrician can help you choose and implement these energy savings. Such energy sources produce direct current (DC). DC lighting is extremely energy efficient. A small solar panel or wind generator can be used to run a DC lighting system without an inverter. Halogen lighting fixtures and older incandescent fixtures can be easily connected to a 12 volt DC power source. Whether you are looking for energy upgrades, small improvements or enhancing your lighting to provide better functionality and design, a Connecticut electrician from K-Co can provide you with the quality work that you seek. Small or extensive enhancements installed to meet engineering drawings are available. We also provide the product and technical research necessary to perform a wide array of projects. As your Plainville electrician, our core services include: Both residential and commercial services Property management services Light to heavy construction Maintenance and repair New home construction electrical services Service upgrades Parking lot lighting Residential additions Custom design/build/engineering services Lighting services New installations Lighting and utilities Fire alarm, security, video and sound systems Building maintenance and repair In-house meter management and service upgrades Commercial space upgrades and customizations   Energy efficiency and lighting Bulbs based on LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, use far less electricity than just about any other bulb. While these bulbs are considerably more expensive than older models, prices are falling steadily. Fluorescent lighting is up to four times as efficient as halogen in a 12 volt system, but there are few fixtures available. As your local electrical Plainville CT expert, we can help you with all of your electrical needs. Your Plainville CT electrical contractor keeps up to date on the technology that can help you. Some people claim there is no proof of LED performance superiority, but scientific studies have shown that this technology is highly energy effective. The Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources conducted a study of roadway lighting to determine how effective LED lighting was when compared to a wide selection of other types of lighting. Average performance values for lamps in hours were measured to be up to 24,000 for mercury vapor, up to 15,000 for metal halide, up to 25,000 for high pressure sodium, 70,000 for induction and 100,000 for LEDs. With the exception of induction lamps, LED lamps were shown to be the longest lasting. In addition, there are many low voltage applications designed especially for landscaping and outdoor use. Investigate energy efficiency and other electrical services with trustworthy, local assistance. Contact K-Co...

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