How to Hire the Best Electrician

Are you new to the area and looking for a new electrician?  Are you not satisfied with your current electrician and looking for a new professional?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, below are some tips to think about as you try to find the most dependable, knowledgeable electrician Birmingham AL has to offer that can help with all of your electrical needs.

One of the best practices when looking for a new electrician is to compare a couple of different companies and decide who will do the best job for your particular needs.  “Word of mouth” is a good place to begin in your search for a true professional.  Ask someone you know if they have recommendations of electricians that they have personal experience with using.  You can also look online for reviews of local electrical companies. 

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Choosing a Lightbulb

lightbulb types

Are you confused about the vast choices of lightbulbs these days?  If you have purchased lightbulbs recently, you are aware of the variety.  There are traditional bulbs, CFL bulbs, LED bulbs, multiple watt choices, warm light, soft light, multiple color bulbs, and the list goes on and on. 

Lightbulbs used to be incandescent, but they were a big waste of energy.  CFL bulbs were created next, then LED bulbs appeared on store shelves.  LED lights use the least amount of energy than any of these.

Incandescent lightbulbs are in the process of being phased out in the United States.  An incandescent bulb contains a wire filament that is heated to a high temperature that glows, such that it puts out light.  They are not energy efficient and there are other lightbulb choices available now.

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Help Reduce Utility Bills

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The weather is warming all around us and the trees and plants are in full bloom.  Many people are spring cleaning their homes: thoroughly cleaning floors, furniture, windows, garages, and so on.  One thing to consider as you are focusing your attention on your home is to look for significant ways to save money on your power bill. 

One important action to complete annually is to have your HVAC unit serviced by a professional.  If your air conditioning unit is functioning optimally, your power bill will reflect the best rates available.  Your air conditioner professional can provide any maintenance required to make sure your unit is performing as it should.

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Electronic Protection

We live in a day and age when our homes have multiple electronics in them.  Most Americans have multiple appliances, televisions, radios, computers, modems, printers, and the list continues.  In order to prolong the life of these items and provide the best protection for them, it is important to purchase a high-quality surge protector for them.  A surge protector is a device specifically designed to protect electronics during a power surge. 

A power surge is described as a “spike” in the electrical current of your home.  The spike usually occurs extremely quickly, but always carries a possibility of damage to your appliances and electronics.  A power surge can be caused by a number of sources.  Lightning is one cause of a power surge, and it can also be a source of some of the strongest surges known.  Another cause of a power surge is when large appliances, such as dishwashers or air conditioners, turn on and off and a power surge can be formed.  Sometimes, a power surge can also be formed when the electric company is switching grids.  There is no foolproof way to prevent all power surges; however, there are steps you can take to help protect your home when a power surge does occur.

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Welcome to Helpful Electrical Tips!

If you are looking for electrical tips and tricks, you are in the right place!  We will be adding information to the site very soon, so check back frequently!

This video gives some great advice on how to find and repair electrical problems within your walls.  Enjoy!

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