Home Electrical Safety Tips for Fall

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Did you know that almost half of fire department calls report accidents caused by electricity? To be more precise, electricity isn’t the culprit, but people that neglect routine checks are.

As fall is getting closer, another regular inspection has to be done. We know exactly what there is to check. Do it diligently and carefully, and make sure to call professionals if all these wires don’t make any sense.

While there are many conditions that can be detected by someone who doesn’t know a lot about electrical applications, only a true pro electrician will notice the smaller, yet equally important, errors.

We’re going to use more appliances soon, so here are some recommendations.

1: Check All Plugs’ and Cords’ Condition and Placement

The first electrical safety tip concerns cords and plugs. You have to look for:

  • Damage of any kind;
  • Exposed wires;
  • Broken parts or elements not in place.

Call a licensed electrician if something looks suspicious. If you don’t have experience, it’s better not to touch the wires. 

Now, about the placement. Here are some guidelines that will help you understand if everything’s fine for fall:

  • There have to be water-resistant extension cords in all areas in your house and outside where it gets dump;
  • The cords shouldn’t be under carpets or near doors (you can close the door and damage the wire);
  • Extension cords shouldn’t be used as permanent outlets. If you need some, it’s better to ask a pro to install them where you need;
  • Every heavy-use appliance must be plugged into wall outlets.

2: Check All Appliances’ Condition and Placement

One of the essential electrical safety tips is to check all appliances, especially those responsible for heating. Make sure they are:

  • Intact;
  • Placed properly;
  • Have an official seal from CSA, UL, or another lab.

As to the placement, don’t put any heating devices near flammable objects. This includes not only heaters but coffee machines, toasters, etc. Appliances a like toaster, hairdryer, kettle, etc. should be plugged off after use.

3: Check All Lighting in the House

Check your lamps, as you’re going to use them much more as the sun goes down earlier. See if all lamps are below the limit mentioned on the light itself. LED lights are an amazing solution since they are very effective, save power (and money), and aren’t as dangerous as other types.

Keep the lights at least 1 ft away from flammable items like paper, curtains, etc.

Bonus: Additional Precautions

Here are some additional electrical safety tips:

  • Inspect your detectors to make sure they work properly for movement, smoke, and carbon monoxide;
  • Inspect every portable heater you have and never use them in the bathroom;
  • Check devices for outside use. If they aren’t suitable for that, consider buying other models.

Don’t neglect routine checks of electrical appliances in your house. Safety recommendations are given not to take your time from other important stuff. Specialists provide them to make sure every home is safe as the temperature goes down.

We want your golden autumn and cheerful winter to be warm and stress-free. So, go over the recommendations again and consider calling a professional to come over and inspect the house.

Energy Saving Tips You May Not Have Thought About

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The rapid change of climate brings its inconveniences. We notice them the most in the summer months when it seems there’s no air to breathe, only steam and fire. Gladly, there’s air conditioning and dehumidifying tech that saves us. But it doesn’t save our finances.

That being said, you don’t have to freeze or boil to achieve considerable electricity savings, working hard on your power of will not to switch the A/C on. There are easier, more convenient ways.

Maintain Your A/C Regularly

Maintenance shouldn’t be performed only to make appliances work for a longer time. First of all, the efficiency of their operation depends on how good their condition is. Call a technician every now and then to look at your A/C and update/upgrade its parts.

And don’t forget to check the air filter with every maintenance session. This part alone can save you up to 15% of the power the A/C is using to heat or cool the room. A dirty filter slows the capacity of the appliance, thus increasing electricity bills.

Seal Your House (Works for Summer Too)

Sealing your house isn’t only effective for the cold months. Cool air also tends to escape through the same pathways as the warm air in winter. Seal your home, and you’ll need much less heating or cooling.

Aside from the main living part of the house, make sure to check the attic and basement. Most of the time, the most dramatic leaks occur there.

This will allow for considerable electricity savings throughout the year, which you should aim for.

Change Regular Bulbs to LED Ones

LED lights are the deciding factor when it comes to cutting electricity costs. They use 75% less energy than regular bulbs and last 25+ times longer. There are savings all around if you’re opting for LEDs.

Did you know that common incandescent bulbs only use 15% of the power to light your house? And do you know where the other 85% are going? Almost all of that power goes into heat. As a result, you can’t cool the room down without excess energy use, and you waste a lot on the actual lighting. LEDs solve all those issues.

Unplug Everything You Don’t Use

When not in use, every appliance has to be not only turned off but unplugged. Each one generates just a little bit of heat when plugged in. While a single charger won’t heat the house much, when you add up everything that’s been in use, you’ll see a difference in several degrees.

Buy a Smart Thermostat

Smart tech can save you a lot of money. A smart thermostat will make it easier to manage the temperature at home, automatically adjusting settings when needed. As local governments encourage installing such technology, you can find lots of options for sale, which will save you even more.

Use every appliance wisely, keep in mind the heat they are producing. Switch everything off when you leave home and change regular technology for smart, LED, etc. At the end of the day, you’ll have electricity costs cut without lots of effort while living a comfortable life in the microclimate you find the most suitable for you and your family.

Top 7 Tips to keep your home generator ready when you need it

Not many people remember to maintain their home generator.  As a result the home generator may not work when needed because it was not properly maintained.  Like any other appliance, your home genrator must be checked frequently and repaired when needed.

We all think it’s not going to happen to us. However, even the most stable areas have power outages. And the next one may be just when you need electricity the most. The best solution? A working home generator.

But how you maintain one properly? Below are 7 great recommendations on the topic.

1. Test Your Generator Regularly

Even when you don’t need it, test the appliance. This should become a routine check to see if there are any areas that need more attention in further maintenance or repair. There’s also a feature in many generators to self-test. If you don’t know whether yours does that, call a technician and ask about it.

2. After Use, Check Oil Levels

After every test and actual use, check if the oil levels are alright. Most modern models don’t use much of it, but it’s still easy to forget to refill. Plus, there may be leaks that need to be fixed for your safety and the proper operation of the appliance.

3.  Enusre that the housing does not block ventilation

Protective housing is important for any generator. However, it doesn’t have to block the air supply or any other part. This may break the appliance or make it operate poorly. Plus, if you want additional coverage to block noise or for another reason, make sure to call an expert and consult with them first.

4. Have Additional Fuel on Hand

Many generators use natural gas to operate, but if your house doesn’t have this kind of fuel, make sure there’s enough gasoline, diesel, etc. to last for a lengthy power outage. In case of a natural disaster, you never know how long electricity will be out.

5. Check the Electrical System Regularly

It’s also important to check how the generator starts to work when an outage occurs. It should be on the automatic mode, when it starts to operate at the moment the main power source turns off.

However, issues may occur that will make the generator work dangerous. If you don’t know how to check the electrical system yourself, it’s better to contact a specialist.

6. Check the Air Filter

You should clean, fix, and/or replace the filter when needed. Make sure there’s a replacement by hand at any moment. If the filter is neglected, the generator may get damaged, which is dangerous for your house.

7. Test Smart Features Frequently

If you have a generator with smart features like smartphone operation, check whether they work regularly. This includes updating applications in time, connecting to the appliance every now and then to test settings, etc.

Check every element and feature of your home generator to make sure that in case of emergency, you’re fully covered. The climate is changing, which gives way to unusual natural disasters in areas where there wasn’t a hurricane in years.

2021 Home Electrical Product Trends

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2021 Home Electrical Product Trends

Did you know that we’ve been using electrical appliances for more than 100 years?

Electrical products have come a long way since the first toaster, with new products and innovations appearing all the time.

What will be the hottest electrical product trends in 2021?

Read on to learn more.

Medical Tech

The global pandemic has made everybody much more conscious about their health. Medical tech that can help spot symptoms of disease is already growing in popularity.

The Apple Watch is able to take an ECG to help you gain insights into your heart rhythm and to spot potential problems. The latest version also includes a blood oxygen monitor. Low blood oxygen levels are one of the indicators of potential COVID-19 infection.

Apple is even planning an update that will allow people to use their Apple Watch to unlock their iPhone when they are wearing a mask since Face ID doesn’t work whilst a mask is being worn.

Expect this type of diagnostic medical tech to become more and more common. It could even save your life one day.

Gesture Recognition

Another trend that has grown out of the pandemic is the increase in the use of gesture recognition.

We’re all much more wary about touching surfaces, knowing that the virus could be passed on this way. Gesture recognition allows you to interact with technology via gestures rather than physical touch, reducing the risk of picking up diseases through contact.

Smart Speakers

Alexa, Google, and Siri have all become popular voice assistants in recent years, but each one traps the user into a specific ecosystem. 

Thankfully, there are now products being introduced, such as the Sonos One audio speaker, that come with both Alexa and Google Assistant built-in. Whilst you can only set up one assistant per speaker, if you own a stereo pair, you can have Alexa on one and Google on another, allowing you to pick and choose which assistant you use.

Expect more and more products to include a built-in voice assistant in the future.

Smart Gym Equipment

With the gyms being closed many of us have taken to exercising at home.

This has been a real boon for companies such as Peleton. Peleton started out as an exercise bike with a built-in screen that allowed you to participate in real-time training sessions with fitness coaches, right from your home. The range has now extended to treadmills, as well as exercise classes using minimal equipment such as free weights.

Since these products remove the need for expensive gym memberships, expect to see more smart gym equipment appearing on the scene. Just make sure you install a ceiling fan to keep you cool as you work out!

Need Some Help With Your Electrical Products?

If you’re looking for help with any of your electrical products, then we’re here to help.

We offer a wide range of residential services including ceiling lights, dimmer switch installation, outdoor lighting, panel upgrades, circuit testing, surge protection, and rewiring and remodeling. We also offer commercial services too if you need any help with your business electricals.

Contact us for a quote today.

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It’s Holiday and Home Theatre Time: Get It Done Right > Call An Electrician

It’s Holiday and Home Theatre Time: Get It Done Right > Call An Electrician

Do I really need an electrician for my home theatre?

A top item on many Christmas lists is a brand new home theatre system.  Whether it is for a full theatre room or simply the family room where you want to enjoy your movies with really great tech, there are some things to consider.

The last thing you want to do is have a big stack of components and start installing them only to figure out that the wiring for that room won’t handle it all.  Or worse, won’t accommodate any of it.

So when it comes time to set up that full home theatre, consider consulting an electrician.  It won’t take long for them to be able to tell you what your current wiring can handle and what it will take to get it all set up correctly if any changes need to be made.

Keep in mind, this is a great time to get it done just the way you want it. Many of us forget that often times, electrical work is pretty inexpensive, especially when you consider the cost of the potential consequences down the road.

Who doesn’t want the perfect home theatre right?

So some of the things to be considered…

Can it handle the load?

Many of today’s televisions don’t draw as much electricity as the old tube or projection style, but they do often require a different array of wiring options. With the addition of the “extras”, you could be looking at as many as 8 additional components drawing electricity.

We’re talking about gaming systems, cable or satellite boxes, streaming boxes, and sound equipment. Not to mention internet routers or wifi extenders.

So again, it is a wise idea to have an electrician check things out and help you ensure that everything can run well and safely.  You wouldn’t want to have a short that could put your house in danger or have something blow up your expensive equipment.

On to the next question…

What are you going to do with the cords?

Wireless technology is fast becoming a more viable option for many components including satellite speakers for surround sound, but that isn’t always the case and even if it is, some of those components still need power even if they can pick up a wireless signal.  So again, there are additional needs.

So what ARE you going to do with the cords?  Do you have outlets in convenient locations? Are you going to have to string extension cords around the room? Are you going to have to try to plug 5 components into one outlet? Do you have little ones or pets in the house that could trip on or make a mess of the cords and damage the components?

In the majority of cases, an electrician can simplify and protect your process to ensure that your electronics AND everyone in your home is safe.

Final question…

How important is your investment in your electronics?

Many of us use surge suppressor style power strips for our important electronics, but did you know that you can have a whole-home surge protection system installed to protect EVERYTHING?

Yes, we are discussing your home theatre system, but what if lightning hit and your tv and your computer were protected but all of your other home appliances were blown out as well as your 4-month-old surround sound system? 

You’ve heard that an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure? That is very true giving the price of electronics and the amount of them in an average home.

So what are you waiting for?  Give us a call and set up a time for a quick inspection.  We are here to make sure your Atlanta electrician needs are covered!

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If You Live in Atlanta GA, You Need To Know An Electrician

If You Live in Atlanta GA, You Need To Know An Electrician

That may seem like a weird statement, but the facts are that it is a reality and I am about to tell you why.

We all either live in a house or know somebody who does… Quite frankly, living in a house is all the qualification you need to be on the list of people who need to know an electrician.

What’s so special about knowing an electrician in Atlanta, GA?  Well, not a whole lot except the fact that it is the most heavily forested city in the United States and sometimes trees fall and pull power lines out of your house or swipe electrical service boxes off the side of your house.

In the meantime, there are literally dozens of reasons to need to consult or hire an electrician.

Here is the bottom line… At some point during the period of time that you own or rent a home, there will be an occasion to arise that you have a need for an electrician.

The funny thing is that many of us tend to think that we will simply look somebody up when we have the need for one, but that is not always the best option.

Let’s put it this way…

Not all electricians are created equal, and the last thing you want is an electrician that doesn’t know what they are doing or is happy to take shortcuts.

Think about it.  There is really NEVER a situation where taking shortcuts with your electrical is a good idea.  It can result in damaged appliances, lights that don’t work, and even a fire that could completely consume all that you own and endanger your family and pets.

Why would you ever put your home and your family at risk like that?

Wouldn’t you rather know an electrician that you can trust, that you KNOW does the best and does NOT cut corners? Somebody, who is there looking out for you?

Here are some things to look for when choosing your electrician:

  1. Are they licensed and have a history or reputation for work in your area?
  2. How long have they been in business?
  3. Do they have reviews online?
  4. What is their scope of work?

Some of these questions are pretty self-explanatory, but just keep in mind that being licensed and having work history are two major factors that are often overlooked.

Licensing must be updated regularly so that is an automatic give away to their continued education and staying current on electrical building code and requirements.

Having a work history is always great to consider from the standpoint that if they have been around for a while, they obviously have some quality and trustability because they are still in business.

Having reviews online is a good indicator as to the quality of work and customer service.  Keep in mind that not all reviews are accurate as some people will exaggerate no matter the situation and others will understate everything.  However, reviews are still a good indicator of the quality of service you can expect.

The scope of work is also important.  Some smaller electricians will stick to smaller jobs like repairs, small to moderate remodels, and similar things.  They don’t always have the capability of doing large remodels or new construction for an entire home or building.

Some electricians specialize in just home audio or low voltage wiring.  Some specialize in just high voltage wiring.

In Atlanta, GA there is an abundance of electricians and many specialists as well.  So it is important to know what is available for your needs and to have their number on hand for those times when you need someone to call.

At McCall Enterprises we pretty much do it all.  If we don’t, we will let you know that it is out of our scope of work and make a recommendation to someone that we trust.

If you are curious about what we do and the quality we promise, just give us a call and get to know us.  We are confident that you will find a friend and the security of knowing who to call when YOU need an electrician.

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Why Use Dimmer Switches?

Why Use Dimmer Switches?

Dimmer switches are easy to add to your home, and they do not require any special remodeling as some other types of lighting might. These switches are great for setting the mood and giving you just the right amount of light in your home, no matter the time of day or night. You can use them in many different rooms of the house. Here are a few ways that you might want to use them.

In the dining room, dimmer switches allow you to control the mood lighting when you are having a dinner party or a romantic evening with that special someone. Many people are also installing them in the bathroom. You can leave the light on a dim setting in the bathroom so that if you get up in the middle of the night, a bright light is not going to hurt your eyes and wake you up. Every room of the house can benefit from dimmer switches!

You can find many different types of switches to use, and some of the newer models even come with a remote control. That makes controlling your lighting easier than ever before!

These switches are very safe, and they are simple to use. If you know how to turn on a light, you will be able to figure out how to get your mood lighting just right! However, it is usually a good idea to have an experienced Atlanta electrician install the switches for you. It’s important to make sure that the wattages on the bulb and on the switch are matching. If you want to get full control over your lighting, dimmer switches are probably one of the best ways to go. Check out all of the different types of switches available and you will see for yourself.

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What is Causing Your Flickering Lights?

What is Causing Your Flickering Lights?

If you notice that the lights in your house are suddenly flickering, it might be quite alarming. Most people, since they do not know much about the electrical wiring in their home, do not know what could be causing the flickering, but before you call in a group of ghost hunters, consider some more rational explanations that have to do with the wiring!

One of the common causes of flickering lights in the house is a phenomenon called arcing. This happens when a wire is loose and it doesn’t have full contact with the other wires. The current can arc across the gap, and you will have the flickering effect that you are experiencing. The nature of arcing is very dangerous, and without the proper attention, it can cause a buildup of heat and possibly start an electrical fire. Another possibility is a bad breaker box that could be causing some strange things to happen with your electricity.

Sometimes, the problem is a simple fix. Maybe the light bulb that you have in the lamp or fixture is not connected properly, or it might even need to be changed. If changing the bulb doesn’t change your flickering lights, you are going to have to call in a professional electrician, and you do not want to waste time getting him or her out to your house. The longer you wait the worse and more dangerous the problem can become.

Flickering lights, while they seem as if they are nothing more than a mild annoyance, can have far-reaching and dangerous repercussions. You don’t want to take the safety of you and your family for granted. Call highly trained Atlanta electricians out to your home right away so they can find the source of the electrical problem and make the necessary repairs.

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Recessed Lights are Very Popular and should be installed by Licensed Professionals

Recessed Lights are Very Popular and should be installed by Licensed Professionals

In the past few years, with more people renovating their homes, recessed lighting has surged in popularity. These lights are modern, and they will work well with many different layouts and design schemes. They have a number of benefits that people love. They don’t have any exposed wiring, and they are easy to care for as well. Some of the other names for this type of lighting include can lighting and pot lighting because of the way that the lights fit into the ceiling or wall.

Perhaps the greatest advantage to having these recessed lights is the versatility that they offer. You can use the lights for a focused effect on a small area, or you can use them for the general lighting of an entire room. When you use recessed lights in your home, you will be able to eliminate some of the other types of lighting that you are using now. This can give your home a larger, less cluttered look.

Recessed lighting is able to work in many different rooms of the house as well. You can use the pot lighting in the living room, the kitchen, and the bedrooms. Many people even use the lighting to highlight certain pieces of artwork in their home.

Before you try to figure out all of the different ways that you can use your lighting, you may want to contact professional Atlanta electricians who will be able to help you install them properly. When it comes to dealing with electricity, it is always in your best interest to hire a licensed professional certified in electrical wiring complete the installation.

Those who have ideas for remodeling on their mind will want to check to see if this type of lighting is something that is feasible in their home. It certainly has a number of advantages.

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Are Flickering Lights Giving You Grief?

Are Flickering Lights Giving You Grief?

One of the most common electrical problems around the house is flickering lights. When you first notice that your lights are flickering, you need to check to see if you might have a problem with your light bulbs. It could be that you just need to change the bulb or tighten it. However, this isn’t always such a simple fix. If you notice that more of the lights in the room or around the house are flickering, then you need to call in the help of a licensed electrician.

Make sure that when you are calling an electrician you choose a professional. You don’t want to trust the electrical wiring in your home to someone who doesn’t have plenty of experience. While you may be able to fix some problems around the house and consider yourself handy, the electricity is not something that you want to mess with. You don’t want to run the risk of causing greater damage and possibly even a fire.  Professional, licensed Atlanta electricians will be able to find the underlying cause of the flickering lights and repair the problem.

When you choose your electrician, you have to make sure that the company you choose has a good rating with the Better Business Bureau and that they have experience in the type of electrical help that you need. If you notice that the lights are flickering in your home, make sure that the electrician has an understanding of residential wiring. If it is happening in your business, make sure that the company has electricians who are well versed in commercial electrical wiring. While the concepts may be the same, there are some differences.

Do not ignore the problem of flickering lights in your home. It could be something serious, and you do not want to wait to have a professional Atlanta electrician troubleshoot the electrical wiring.

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