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The Power of San Francisco Home Generators

July 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Category: Generators

Home generators are one of the most useful machines ever invented. Because of the rapidly evolving technology, people have grown accustomed to making work easier through the use of electricity. In one way or another, electricity is present in almost everything people do – from charging cellular phones to surfing the Internet to watching television to washing and ironing clothes to cooking meals to curing diseases. Electricity has been an important part of everyone’s life and even a quick power loss could be a huge disaster. Thanks to generators, people will no longer have to think about power outages.

A generator is a machine that converts mechanical into electrical energy by rotating an armature through a magnetic field. The device uses an engine, a motor, turbine or other source of mechanical energy to turn the armature.  A voltage is induced in the moving conductors through electromagnetic induction. To generate voltage, relative motion must exist between the conductors and the magnetic field. Today, generators produce most electricity used not only by industry but also in homes.

San Francisco home generators are either portable or stationary. A portable generator is handy and mobile. It is taken from its storage, filled with fuel, started manually and connected to the loads. It is commonly used to run small power tools. A stationary generator, used primarily as power backup, is already connected to the wiring as well as to the fuel source. It, thus, starts immediately or automatically, in which case, there is an auto transfer switch which is installed indoors and which senses power outage and starts the device, such as when the power is restored, the automatic stationary generator turns itself off. For some, the typical transfer time is between ten and thirty seconds which provides convenience. Another advantage of automatic stationary generators over portable ones is that they offer higher power levels. On the downside, they are more costly and they require high installation costs. While some households really need permanent generators due to a high need for emergency power, others can go with portable ones which offer about the same function. Plus, they are relatively less expensive.

Over the years, electricity has been of hundreds of thousands of important uses. People need electricity to charge cellular phones to make calls and send messages. People need electricity to prepare meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. People need electricity to wash and iron clothes and to light and ventilate homes. Evidently, San Francisco home generators are important for an uninterrupted supply of electricity to be able to do things such as house chores as well as office work. They provide every help people need to whatever adversity life brings.

 

Tips On Effective Landscape Outdoor Lighting

February 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Category: Landscape Lighting

Having a couple of landscape lighting additions installed in your home will have a great effect on the aesthetic appeal of your house, especially during night time. You would be surprised at how your home will look simply by adding a couple of lighting fixtures in your yard. Here are a couple of tips that you should keep in mind when you go about the task, however, so as to ensure that you will be able to make the most out of your investments. With the following points, you would be able to get the look and feel that you want form your landscape renovation.

For one, you have to understand that the various landscape lighting ideas that you may use will not only impact the appearance of your home, but its over-all feel as well. As you would know by now, lighting has a great effect on the people who step into your vicinity as well. With this said, it is highly advised that you keep this point in mind as you go about in deciding your San Francisco landscape lighting design. This way, you will be able to achieve the over-all appeal that you are aiming for after the whole installation process.

It will do you well to draft a budget even before you begin coming up with the design that you will use for your home. Yes, there are a lot of affordable lighting options that are available in the market, but it is highly advised that you gravitate towards their higher quality counterparts when you go about your shopping. Approaching the task with a set budget will keep you from spending more than you can spare.

What most people do not always realize is that implementing a good landscape lighting design also jacks up the safety level of a property. As opposed to a poorly lit yard, implementing a good lighting plan will allow you to deter crooks from targeting your home. As a matter of fact, homes that have well-lit yards are rarely victimized by this type of crimes. Installing the necessary lighting fixtures in your home will not only help you make your abode look more appealing, but it will also help you make you and your family safer at night as well.

All San Francisco Families Need a Home Security Lighting System

August 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Category: Security Lighting, Uncategorized

Well lit San Francisco homes, whether it is indoor or outdoor lighting, are an important safety measure against thieves and burglars. Dipping into the psychology of a thief, darkness and shadows create a perfect cover for skulking and hiding. Home security lighting provides the home owner protection against these law breakers along with other necessary security measures.

Break-in’s do happen during the day. But most of the time the thieves will choose the cover of night since most of the San Francisco homes will be plunged into darkness and their inhabitants asleep and vulnerable. The street lights are insufficient since the light filtering through casts shadows that are convenient for the thief.

Using flood lights is an option for people concerned about their security. But having the lights turned on all night is not very economical or environmentally friendly. It may even bother your neighbors if they are angled incorrectly. The lights themselves come with protective covers so vandalizing the lights would be hard for intruders and will buy you precious time if you find yourself a victim of a break in.

Home security lighting is now advanced enough to offer a variety of more viable options that are considered “green” and economical. These options include a heat sensing lightning system that lights up when it senses a foreign warm body passing through. They are sensitive enough to differentiate between an animal and a human so that they light up only if there is an actual intruder passing through. The sudden illumination will surprise the intruder and hopefully your neighbors or passer-by will spot the person in time.

Motion sensing lighting systems are another progressive advancement in technology. Every time an intruder dares to cross your home boundaries the motion detectors will instantly light up catching the intruder by surprise. Some of motion detectors sound an alarm accompanying the illumination. This should thwart the intruder for good.

A number of other security steps need to be taken along with the San Francisco home security lighting system. Talking to an expert with help you figure out the most efficient security lighting system. Do not opt for a manual control system since you may forget to turn it on every night. The automatic controls are timed to switch on every night even if you are on a vacation, allowing you to keep your property safe while you’re gone.

Keep the control panels of your security system hidden and out of easy reach of intruders. A number of thefts nowadays are committed in homes with tight security systems, but changing the settings on your system is fairly easy for an intruder so keep the panel in a well concealed place. Be sure to add the necessary alarms and locking system as well to alert you in case of a break in. Also, keep the necessary numbers at hand to call the emergency services in an instant.

A home security lighting system is not very expensive in the long-term. And when you consider that you are ensuring your family’s safety, it is a good investment. It is fairly easy to install – as long as you make sure the company offering these services is reputable. In addition, ensure that along with the lighting system you do have other protection systems installed as well.

Major Remodel – Upgrade Your Electrical Service!

July 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Category: Electrical

If you are contemplating a major remodel, the addition of a room or garage, or a new kitchen you should consider upgrading your Bay Area home’s electrical service.

Thirty years ago, the average new home was equipped with a 60 amp electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. The common distribution was a fuse block for the stove and one for the hot water tank. The balance of the homes electrical needs were served by six, 15amp screw-in fuses.

Twenty years ago the average new home was equipped with a 100 amp electrical service and some of them used the latest in technology, circuit breakers.

Now the average home is equipped with a 200 amp electrical service with a distribution panel handling up to 40, 15amp circuit breakers serving the electrical needs of the home.

North American’s are electrical power hungry. Today our air conditioning systems take more power than an entire home did 30 years ago. A kitchen, in a new home, will usually be equipped with a number of receptacles capable of supplying more than 60 amps just to counter top appliances.

Adding receptacles does not increase the available power if they are looped from other receptacles. To get more power to a location the circuit should run directly from the distribution panel.

Old style distribution panels, those with screw-in fuses are generally considered fire hazards. The contact between the base of the fuse and the buss bar oxidizes or charcoals from poor contact. In order for the current to continue to flow heat is generated. In many areas, insurance companies will not renew homeowner insurance if the home is equipped with an electrical distribution panel that has screw-in fuses.

If your current San Francisco electrical service to your home is less than 200 amps, and/or if it has a distribution panel that uses screw in fuses, you should consider replacing it as a top priority in any major renovation project.

Should I Hire an San Mateo County Electrician

July 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Category: Electrical

Electricity is the one thing in your San Mateo County house that can actually kill you. It’s one of the most dangerous things for a homeowner to mess around with, especially if you don’t have any experience or have very little experience working with home electricity.

If you’re going to be replacing a light fixture, you might not need to hire a San Mateo County electrician. Simply make sure that the power switch is off to the light fixture, before you start to do any electrical fixture replacement.

Don’t be confused here, if the house isn’t wired properly, you could still get shocked, while working on a light fixture, that you assume, doesn’t have any electrical power going to it. If the neutral wire, isn’t grounded properly, you could experience a little electrical jolt and if you’re standing on a ladder, this could turn into an ugly situation fast.

There is one way around this, make sure that the you shut the main electrical breaker off to the house, before doing any repair work to your light fixture or any other electrical fixture within your home, if you’re not entirely sure about the home wiring.

Before you do this, make sure that all of your computers and other electrical components are shut down properly, before turning the electricity off to the entire house. It’s not hard to do some electrical work, like replacing lights or electrical plugs, but when it comes to messing around with your electrical service panel, and this will be a part of your electrical system where all the electrical breakers are located, I would give it some serious thought, before you tackle this on your own.

I don’t recommend anyone, who isn’t comfortable or doesn’t have any experience working with electricity, to do any San Mateo County electrical repairs on their own.

If you are looking for a professional electrician in the San Francisco area, then please call us today at 800-944-2252 or complete our online request form.