Natal's Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Times When You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Your electrical panel has a very important role to play inside of your home. It affects energy efficiency and even the overall working ability of appliances and technology inside your home. If you have an older home or any of the signs listed below, it is time to upgrade your electrical panel and prioritize safety and security.

You need an electrician in Kenner, LA, and our team is here to help. We can assess your current electrical panel and offer your options for upgrading. Many older panels need to be completely overhauled, but if your electrical panel is relatively new we may still be able to make some smaller upgrades that make your home better and more efficient. You can keep reading to learn more about the signs that it is time to upgrade your home’s electrical panel.

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How Expensive Is It to Ground Your Home?

Monday, March 20th, 2023

At this point most of our customers know the difference between grounded outlets and ungrounded outlets. But for everyone else, we can start from scratch.

Grounded outlets are three-pronged outlets that are grounded, meaning they aren’t susceptible to power surges and fluctuations of the grid. Any excess power flowing through them just goes into the ground.

Ungrounded outlets are the two-pronged outlets, the ones that sometimes require an adapter for your devices. These outlets are ungrounded and can be susceptible to power fluctuations and more.

With so many of us depending on our devices on a day-to-day basis, we’d advise homeowners to get all of their outlets grounded. There’s literally no downside to having your outlets grounded by an electrician in Harvey, LA. The only issue is that it costs money.

So, how much money does it cost? Let’s get into some rough ideas.

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Always Trust a Pro for Advice

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Doing DIY work around the house is a good way to familiarize yourself with it. Changing the air filter in your heating system or air conditioner, cleaning out the dryer lint, and even plunging or snaking a drain that’s clogged are good ways to learn how your home operates. The more you know, the more likely you are to know when a professional is needed. This is just the way homeownership works!

Unfortunately, electrical work can be a bit different than other home improvement projects. For starters, it can be dangerous when worked on by someone who is untrained and not wearing specific protective gear. That’s always a reason to defer to a professional. But for everyone who might think they can do this work safely, there are a few things they might want to think about before trying to install those wall sconces or dimming light switches.

Trust us, your life might be a lot easier by going with a professional electrician in New Orleans, LA.

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3 Tips to Replace Your Old Outlets

Monday, October 17th, 2022

Outlets serve as a very good metric for how updated and safe a home’s power grid is. For instance, homes require GFCI-protected outlets in kitchens and bathrooms, since they can be very unsafe without that added layer of protection. Or, if you’ve got a whole room with outlets that don’t work, then you might need to invest in a professional electrician to update them, or your home’s electrical system to handle the load.

The important thing we want to cover today is that your outlets might be in rougher shape than you think. And if outlets are in bad shape, then chances are the electrical system behind the scenes is a little outdated as well. Since outlets are the part of your home’s electrical system that you can physically see, they’re a good metric for determining if something is wrong.

Here are three signs that your outlet might be telling you it needs a professional electrician in New Orleans, LA.

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A Ceiling Fan Will Save You Money on Electricity

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Spring is here and it’s time to start planning ahead! We know that summer is right around the corner and at the rate things are moving, it’ll be here before we know it! So, in light of this news, we need to start planning how much electricity we’re going to be using.

Electricity is the most important energy source in the summer because it’s what our air conditioners and other appliances use. Sure, some homeowners might have gas appliances like stovetops, but those use a fraction of the energy that an HVAC system does.

This blog post is dedicated to one appliance in particular that we know will be able to help you lower your energy bills this summer, and that’s a ceiling fan. Down below, we’ve input some reasons why a ceiling fan is such a good investment. All you need to do is call our professional electricians in Slidell, LA for support!

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Safety First: Don’t Try These DIY Electrical Fixes

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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When a light bulb burns out or you’ve got a sconce that needs to be refreshed to fit the new aesthetic of your home, we understand putting in some elbow grease and getting to work. However, there’s a pretty thick line between fun projects for you and your family, and things that could be considered unsafe and a hazard.

As your local professional electricians in Kenner, LA, we hope you don’t mind that we’ve come up with a holiday guide to which DIY fixes you should probably stay away from this season.

There are thousands of tutorials online on how to do fun electrical projects with your family. Put up the holiday lights and set your home up with some smart home devices that play your favorite holiday music. We don’t want to damper your spirits! But just leave the more dangerous and difficult electrical tasks for the pros.

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Your Old Knob and Tube Wiring Should Be Replaced

Monday, November 1st, 2021

Back at the turn of the 20th century, homes were starting to be outfitted with electrical wires. Gas lamps were a thing of the past, and the industrial revolution brought with it electricity—a cheap and effective alternative to traditional methods of lighting and power. From this point on, most homes were built with electrical systems installed, fuse boxes, and other ways to provide electrical power.

However, times have changed. The knob and tube wiring of the past is now old and outdated. If you’re a new homeowner in our area who just bought a beautiful old house, or you’re someone who has been in your antique house for a while, knob and tube wiring might ring a bell. Unfortunately, it could very well be a safety concern and could cause you trouble with your home insurance policy.

Our certified Mandeville, LA electricians can quickly remove your old wiring and replace it with newer, safer, more effective electrical wires.

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3 Reasons to Avoid DIY Electrical Work

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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There are probably a million reasons to avoid trying to repair your electrical system yourself. In this blog, we’d like to focus on three really good reasons why homeowners should stay far away from picking up their toolbox and opening up their electrical panel at home.

While some of this might sound straightforward or obvious, the truth is that homeowners often try to do something that’s a little outside of their wheelhouse for a variety of reasons. DIY repairs are cheaper, they don’t require any training or certification, and the internet houses a great library of tutorials and videos on the work you’re doing. All of this sounds nice, but it’s not going to end up the way you want.

As Slidell, LA electricians, we’re going to cover why DIY repairs are not all they seem to be, and why they might end up costing you more money down the line.

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5 Reasons to Always Choose a Professional Electrician

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Sometimes it can be invigorating to look up DIY tutorials online and start investing in the longevity of your home’s electrical system. There’s a lot to learn and, if you’re exceptionally talented, you might become an electrician yourself someday!

For now, the most important thing to remember is that not all DIY work is the same. Hammering a few nails and painting a wall is not much compared to the complete overhaul or fixing of a home’s electrical system. Electrical technology, especially ones hooked up to the power grid, can be dangerous to work on unless you’re a certified professional.

Today, we’re going to talk about how you should always call for Slidell electricians that know what they’re doing. Nope, not sometimes, not most of the time, always. There are serious risks involved with doing this work yourself, and it’s time you knew about them.

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The Benefit of a Consultative Electrical Approach

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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You’ve probably seen enough on the news and in our neighborhoods that our power grids are really suffering. Homes are losing energy, electrical systems are collapsing, and the cold weather is causing energy bills to skyrocket. It’s hard out there, and we hope everyone is doing well during these trying times.

That being said, there’s a big difference between calling a handyman for some electrical repair and working with a team that provides a consultative approach. Slidell, LA electricians come in all shapes and sizes, and ours look to offer homeowners advice and consultation instead of just making quick fixes to earn a buck.

What are the benefits to working with a team that’s going to consult with you? Read on and we’ll talk about why a professional electrician who communicates with you is always going to be worth more than the opposite.

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