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The Holidays and Your Electrical System: What You Should Know

woman sitting in living room with holiday lights in the foregroundThere’s no denying that the holiday season is here! And if you are like many homeowners throughout the greater Denver area, there’s a good chance you’ll be decorating your home, inside and out. Often, this includes putting up lighting up and around your home.

One of the most common calls that electricians receive around this time of the year is in regards to outlets throughout a living space not working as they ought to—or rather, working at all. This might include bathroom outlets, or outlets in your garage space and outdoors. The most common cause for this is that outdoor holiday lighting can trip a GFCI outlet or circuit breaker in your home.

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Why You Should Never Trust an Amateur Electrician

American electrical outlet and cover plate, with screwdriver and wire nutsWhen you need electrical work done in your home, there’s a good reason we recommend only trusting trained and experienced professionals for the job. Sure, it may seem more convenient to try and complete Denver electrical services, such as rewiring or electrical installations, on your own, but you could very well be sacrificing your time, effort, and safety for a shoddy job.

Professional electrical work is also the best way to ensure that it’s done correctly, and that your risk of repair needs later on down the line is reduced. Read on to learn more about why you should never trust an amateur electrician for your wiring work—or more importantly, what can go wrong if you do.

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Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

two electricians working on electrical panelThere are a number of issues, both big and small, that can impact your home. But not many are scarier than that of electrical problems, due to the safety hazards they present. After all, a plumbing problem can cause a bit of water damage and an HVAC issue can leave you uncomfortable for a little bit, but a problem with your home’s wiring can lead to fires and electrocution. It’s vital, therefore, that you hire a professional Denver electrician for your electrical inspections each year, to reduce the chance of running into a problem altogether.

One of the most commonly ignored electrical problems among homeowners is the need for an electrical panel upgrade. This might not seem like a serious issue, however, with the increased demand we’ve been placing on our electrical systems the past few years, it should come as no surprise that eventually, your circuit breaker box might not be able to handle the demand. This is where you can run into serious side effects. But, how do you know, outside of an electrician telling you so, that you need a panel upgrade?

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How to Keep Your Electrical System in Good Shape

A new GFCI electrical outlet.The most basic advice we can give you to keep your electrical system in good shape, and to keep your home safe, is to know the signs of a system in distress, and upgrade your electrical panel when need be.

After all, of the various problems that can affect your home, electrical problems are among the most concerning. They present safety hazards in addition to property damage risks. Electrical malfunctions can cause anything from electrocution to devastating house fires. As such, it’s essential that you have a professionally trained Denver electrician check out the wiring in your home at least once every few years. Without the proper electrical inspection, you’ll increase the chance of running into a problem.  

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Tips for Hiring an Electrician

electrician's hands cutting wireDo you need Denver, CO electrical services in your home? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel so your home can handle more demand. Or perhaps you need rewiring in part, if not all, of your living space. Whatever your electrical needs may be, the most important thing you can do is hire a pro for the job.

After all, you want someone with adequate training, expertise, and licensing to get the job done right. But do you know what to look for when hiring an electrician? Keep reading for some basic guidelines.

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Why You Should Convert to LED Lighting

led-lightingLight-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs are the most energy-efficient forms of lighting available today. Well-made LED light bulbs have greater durability, provide similar or better light quality, and last longer than other kinds of light bulbs. These bulbs are based on a tiny chip the size of a pepper flake. While incandescent light bulbs rely upon a super-heated tungsten filament to generate light, LEDs accomplish a similar feat through the rapid movement of electrons in a semiconductor. This design also allows a single bulb to produce different colors.

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3 Things to Look for in a Quality Electrician

electrical-services-denverWith the possible exception of the plumbing, your electrical system is arguably the most important of your home. It provides light for your to see, power to run vital appliances, and even heat to keep you warm as our Colorado fall turns to another snowy winter. When your electrical system runs into problems and you need repairs — or even if you’d just like to perform a little upgrade to your system, such as running wire to a new outlet to make plugging things in more convenient — then you need to rely on a professional electrician. Electricity can be dangerous without the proper training and experience, and while enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers can successfully take on a number of projects, that shouldn’t ever extend to electrical wiring. Whether you need a big repair job or just a little home improvement, always trust a professional to do the job.

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