Monthly Archives: September 2015

Whole Home Generator, Do I need one?

KOHLER Generator installed by ARC Electric Company
The simple answer is YES!
 
A whole home generator keeps your home running smoothly when an unexpected outage hits. Generators provide worry-free emergency power to your homes electrical needs. If you experience occasional power outages you are a great candidate for a whole home generator. ARC Electric Company proudly supplies and installs KOHLER, Generac and Briggs & Stratton whole home generators. Below are a few FAQ on generators. Hope they are helpful. Please call us today to schedule a FREE estimate on your generator today – (704) 821-7005!
 
 
How does a Generator work?
The whole home generator is comprised of two basic parts – the transfer switch and the generator itself. The transfer switch monitors the electricity coming in from the utility. When it detects the power has stopped, it sends a signal to the generator, which starts running. The house then receives the electricity being generated at your home. When the power is restored by the utility, the transfer switch transfers the home’s electrical needs to the utility and turns the generator off. All of this is done without involvement of the homeowner.
 
Do I need a whole-house generator?
When the power to your home fails a whole home generator will kick in automatically providing you with continuous power to essential appliances. Many people can live without lights in the bedroom, but have you considered that no electricity in your home means:
* Food spoils in the refrigerator.
* Basements can flood because sump pumps stop working.
* Water may stop flowing if you are on a well pump; worse still, sewage may back-up into the house if you have a septic pump.
* The heat shuts off even if you use natural gas, propane, or oil. No electricity means those devices won’t work either.
* Security – you are sitting, possibly alone, in a dark home. Security systems will start to fail after just a few hours.
* Telephones fail or you can’t charge your cell phones or tablets.
* Excessive heat. Who likes living in a home with no air conditioning, no fans, and no cool drinks while waiting for the power to be restored?
* Medical needs. Do you care for someone who may need electricity for health reasons or is weakened and can not handle extremes of temperature?

 
What size generator will I need?
The answer is “that depends”. Smaller electrical loads need smaller generators and bigger loads require bigger generators. We will be glad to help you decide what electrical loads are important to you and then engineer the proper size generator to meet your needs. We do offer FREE Generator quotes – call us to schedule your appointment today! (704) 821-7005.
 
How big is the generator?
Generators are actually quite small. Air cooled units (up to 20 kW) take a 3’ x 5’ mounting area and are nominally 2’ wide, 4’ long and about 2.5’ tall. Liquid cooled units are a about a foot longer in each direction.
 
How loud is a whole home generator?
It depends on the unit, but in general they are no louder than an air-conditioner compressor.
 

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Reducing Fire Risk This Holiday Season

 

I was shopping at my favorite store of all time (Target) and noticed they have started putting Halloween decorations out. I am telling you – the holidays start creeping up sooner and sooner every year. Halloween then Thanksgiving then Christmas – its heavenly in my book! Holiday traditions often include higher demands for electricity and your home’s electrical system will be getting quite the work out. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:
 
Plan accordingly. Before you start decorating, determine how many outlets are available and where they are located. Plan your displays accordingly.
 
Don’t overload. Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices(this goes back to planning!!). They can overheat and cause a fire.
 
LED Lights. Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional lights. (Extra tip: LED is expensive so over the past few years I would buy a strand here and there so it wouldn’t hit my pocketbook all at once. I would wait until they put them on sale to buy.)
 
Just a few small changes can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe all without compromising your holiday decorations. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Give thanks for the many blessings that surround you. And, if you need help with anything electrical, give us a call. We are always happy to help!
 
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Ceiling Fan Humor

I saw this on Pinterest (my favorite site) and had a great chuckle. Thought I would share!
 
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Monthly Reminder to Check Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

 
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At ARC Electric Company we care about our customers. This is your monthly reminder to check your smoke alarms and CO detector!
 

Testing Your Smoke Alarms
*Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
*Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the “Test” button.
*Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
*Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
*Smoke alarms need a new battery at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

 

Testing Your CO Detector
*Test CO alarms at least once a month using the “Test” button to ensure it is drawing electrical power. It will emit high-pitched, loud beeping, usually louder than a smoke detector. During this test it will also speak to you.
*Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the CO detector and knows how to respond.
*If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries and replace. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
*Replace CO detectors every 7 years.

 

ARC Electric Company is offering a FREE CO Detector with the purchase and installation of 4 or more smoke alarms. Call us today to schedule your appointment!
 
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Tribute to Labor Day

 
**Please note ARC Electric Company is closed today in observance of Labor Day. We will return Tuesday, September 8th at 7 am. Have a blessed day!
 
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Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day was created to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It started under the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894 under Grover Cleveland.
 
The idea of a “workingman’s holiday” caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress did not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a dismal period in American labor history brought workers’ rights right into the public’s eye. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage drops and the firing of union representatives.
 
On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers. In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair American workers moral, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
 
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More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified. Some records indicate Peter McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was the first to suggest a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
 
Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged – many speculate that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the notion that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.
 
To some, Labor Day is the symbol of the end of summer for many Americans – and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events. I guess until you start the research you don’t really know the history involved.
 
 
 
 

Electrical Safety Tips For Fall

 
As cold weather approaches we know we will be spending more time indoors, so now is a good time to ensure that your home’s electrical system is safe and working properly. Here are a handful of electrical safety tips to consider:
 
1. Check outlets for loose plugs, which can overheat and cause a fire.
2. Test ground fault circuits (GFC) outlets to ensure they reset properly when pressing the test button.
3. If there are young children in the house, make sure unused outlets have safety covers installed.
5. If you are frequently reseting circuit breakers, call an electrician to inspect the circuit and upgrade the electrical panel if necessary.
6. Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Never use tape to fix a damaged electrical cord, always replace the cord.
7. Test smoke detectors and CO detectors
8. Check the wattage of light bulbs to make sure they are the correct wattage for the size of the fixture.
 
Have questions about your home’s electrical system? Call ARC Electric Company at 704-821-7005!
 
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