Benefits of Electric Baseboard Heater

Electric baseboard heaters are heaters controlled by a thermostat. The heat actually comes from metal pipes that encase an electric heating element. Baseboard heaters are located along the baseboard and usually sit under windows for optimal heating effect. The cool air from the windows will come in and sink to the floor where the baseboard heater will contrast that by pushing warm air up. Baseboard heaters should sit about an inch above the floor or carpet. This allows ample room for the flow of the warm air to come out and up without being impeded. Large rugs or carpeting can get in the way of the flow of the cool air circulating into the bottom of the heater.

Benefits of Electric Baseboard Heating

There are many benefits to electric baseboard heating, first being the simplicity of installation. Baseboard heaters are very easy to install. A professional electrician can easily install a new baseboard heater quickly and efficiently, they are also a relatively affordable heating option! Once installed, electric baseboard heaters are simple to operate, there is a thermostat that works to control the temperature of the air flow from the heater and you can set it and change it at will. One of the most attractive benefits of electric baseboard heaters is the opportunity to save on energy bill costs. With baseboard heaters you can effectively supplement heat between occupied and unoccupied rooms, this can make it easier to avoid cranking heat throughout the whole house and therefore can save you money on your energy bills.

If you are interested in the idea of installing electric baseboard heaters for your home or just want to know more about them, contact the electric professionals at Ryan Electrical services today! We can offer you a free estimate for your electric baseboard heating project!

Electrical Fire

Dealing with Electrical Emergencies

Electrical emergencies can pose daunting risks to both your home and your family. The best way to deal with them is to do your best to prevent them by keeping your electrical products up to date as well as having professional electricians perform regular safety inspections of your home. No matter what, in the unfortunate event of an electrical emergency it is important to be prepared to deal with the situation safely and appropriately.

Electrical shocks

The dangerous part of electrical shocks is that they can happen even if your products are up to date. If you see signs of an electric shock you should turn the power off immediately and unplug the affected area. Keep in mind that while doing this you should be wearing rubber gloves or some sort of protective garment to avoid electrocution. Keep the area clear and call in a professional to safely deal with the electric shock.

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires can be caused by an electrical system short-circuiting. In the case of an electrical fire there will be an initial spark but then the fire itself can spread quickly. Again, quickly cut the power source so that the cause of the fire will cease, instead of turning the source of the fire out it’s best to flip the switch on your electrical box and cut all the power. This can greatly reduce the speed and ferocity of the fire and help contain it. Once the power is switched off, use a fire extinguisher to douse the remaining flames. Be sure to suppress the entire flame. After the flame is out and the power is cut, call a professional to come assess the situation. Do not under any circumstances turn the power back on until your electrician instructs you to do so.

Power Outages

Power outages can happen at any moment, usually in the event of a storm, in that case, it’s best to just wait it out and the power should be back up and running soon. If you know a storm is coming, be sure to prepare for a power outage. If a power outage happens randomly, the fix can be as simple as restarting your circuit breaker. If that doesn’t do the trick, it may be time to call in the experts.

If you experience any of these electrical emergencies, deal with them in a safe manner and contact the electrical professionals at Ryan Electrical to ensure your safety and get your electrical products back to working condition!

Landscape Lighting

Outdoor Lighting: For Safety and Security

We have gone over the aesthetic benefits installing outdoor lighting to the exterior of your home. It allows you to highlight certain areas of your property and landscape that you are proud of, your luscious garden, or brand new patio for example. Illuminating these areas gives your house a bright and clean look, especially in the dark hours of the night. While landscape lighting may leave your neighbors in awe, outdoor lighting has added safety and security benefits as well!

Safety Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can be placed strategically to both add curb appeal to your home, as well as increase the safety of your entire property. A common practice is to install walkway or path lighting along routes to and from your home. This allows visitors to easily navigate their way to and from your home in the dark. In the winter, pathways may be wet or icy, and the added lighting will allow you to carefully avoid the icy patches. Visitors will come to your home and may be distracted by the beauty of your well-lit home, but the path lighting will ensure they keep their footing. Well placed zone lights can be focused on potential danger areas and can help avoid any accidents.

Secure your Property with Landscape Lighting

Having an overall well-lit home in itself is a valuable security factor. Not only does it provide a sense of security for you and your family but may also deter any potential intruders or trespassers from unwelcomely entering your property. Motion activated lights are an extremely common component of any outdoor lighting system. Motion activated lights shine brightly when any movement is detected. If anyone is bold enough to continue snooping through your property and then is blasted with a bright beam of light, they are sure to be startled away. Motion activated lights can detect animals movements as well, so if there are any critters rummaging around your yard, they too will be shocked by the light and scurry off into the night.

Outdoor lighting offers many benefits for safety, security, and pleasure. Ryan Electrical Services offers expert landscape lighting installation and repairs, contact us today to discuss the details of your new landscape lighting system!

Outdoor Outlet

Outdoor Outlet Safety

During the Holiday season especially, you may be putting a lot of stress on your outdoor outlets. Maybe you’re trying to outdo your neighbor this year with the Christmas lights. Well, outdoor outlets are different than indoor outlets and should be treated differently. Outdoor outlets are subject to the weather conditions, and often when using outdoor outlets, it is for outdoor lighting or outdoor machinery which puts even more stress on the outlet. Here are some tips to make sure your outdoor outlet will make it through the holidays safely.

Updating Outlets

Of course, you want to make sure your outlet is updated and can withstand the amount of energy your lights will require. If your home is older and you’re not sure if your outdoor outlets are up to date, give your local electrical professionals a call before lighting up the neighborhood.

Keep Outlets Clear

Outdoor outlets can easily get debris on them or even in them, make sure you have a sturdy outlet cover to prevent anything from directly reaching the outlet. Also, clear the area around the outlet, make sure there are no overgrown bushes or overhanging tree limbs around the outlet.

Use outdoor Extension Cord

Outdoor extension cords have a stronger rubber coating and are made to withstand outdoor elements, indoor cords could get easily damaged or cut which can cause serious electrical problems and hazards.

Don’t Use During the Day

If you’re using your outdoor outlet for outdoor or landscape lighting, then you do not need it on during the daytime. Avoid wasting energy by turning your lights off during the day. This will not only save energy but also dramatically reduce your electricity bill!

Outdoor Outlets just require more attention and awareness because being outdoors exposes them to more potential risk factors. If you’re not sure about the quality of your outdoor outlet or believe you may need a new one, contact Ryan Electrical Services today!

Ceiling Fan

Use Your Ceiling Fan in the Winter

Ceiling fans provide us with some much-needed cool air during the summer months, but they start to collect dust when the weather cools down. When it starts to get cold, there’s not much use for a ceiling fan anymore right? Well actually, there is a way to make those trusted ceiling fans useful year-round! While most of us turn on our ceiling fans in the summer, cooling us down and taking some pressure off the AC, we forget about the usefulness of the ceiling fan in the fall and winter.

Ceiling Fans in the Summer

In the summer, fans rotate counterclockwise and push cool air downwards towards the room. This provides vital circulation of cool air when the weather is warm. The rotations produce a constant stream of air that creates a wind chill-like affect, keeping us cool and comfortable in the heat. Ceiling fans can be so effective at cooling us down that we can even turn down the AC a couple notches which of course, can save money!

Ceiling Fans in the Winter

When the harsh Northeast winter rolls around, and temperatures plummet, the last thing we want is more cool air flowing around the house. While we’re bundling up and cranking up the heat, our ceiling fans sit idly by, with some huge potential. Each fan has a switch up near the base, this switch will change the direction of the fans rotation. In the summer, the fan is set to rotate counterclockwise, but in the winter, if you hit that switch, the fan blades will rotate clockwise. Now, instead of pushing air down, the fan pulls air up and redistributes it, pushing it up towards the ceiling and then down to the floor. The common adage is that heat rises, and its true! Changing the rotation of the fan will push the stagnant warm air down into the room, causing the room to stay warmer, and not wasting that heat by letting it sit unused up towards the ceiling. Again, ceiling fans can take some stress off the heating bill! Don’t let your ceiling fan lay dormant in the winter when it could be used to save money and help you stay warm!

If you need assistance installing a ceiling fan, require electrical repairs to your fan, or have questions regarding how to change the rotation, contact us today, our experts are standing by to help!

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New Nest Security Products

Nest is continuing to come out with high-quality home service products that can be integrated to work together and provide you with top of the services. The latest and greatest product line is the Nest secure alarm system. This is a three-product system consisting of the Nest Guard, Nest Detect, and the Nest Tag.

Nest Guard

The Nest Guard is the heart of the Nest Secure system. It is the security base with built-in keypad, siren and motion sensor. It can be armed and disarmed with the Nest Tag, passcode, or the Nest app. With this app, users can control the Nest secure system entirely with their phone.

Nest Detect

The Nest Detect is an advanced motion sensor. It can even detect when a door or window opens and closes. It is a small, compact product that can be installed right on the door. It works collectively with the Nest Guard to sound the alarm when unknown or unscheduled motion is detected.

Nest Tag

The Nest Tag is a small FOB that can be attached to a keychain or wallet. The Nest Tag can simply be placed over the Nest guard and it will arm or disarm the security system.

Each of these products provides its own level of security, and when working together they provide people with some of the most innovative and convenient home security. With the Nest Tag and the Nest app, users can have complete control of their security system.  If you have questions regarding Nest products or need help with the installation process, our experts here at Ryan Electrical are standing by!

 

 

 

Energy Efficient Light Bulb

Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

It can be overwhelming when looking at all the light bulb choices out there. The popular trend is energy efficient light bulbs and for good reason. Although these bulbs tend to be more expensive than the standard incandescent bulbs, they pay themselves off in the long run.  The three main energy-efficient light bulbs out there are Halogen Incandescents, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These models of light bulbs are proven energy savers, and popular choices depending on function.

Halogen Incandescents

Halogen Incandescent Bulbs are similar to standard Incandescent bulbs with a few upgrades. Like standard incandescents, they use a heated filament but Halogen bulbs have a capsule surrounding the filament which increases efficiency. These bulbs can look just like the standard bulb shape and can be used with dimmers. While they are more efficient than incandescents and last longer, there are still more efficient bulbs on the market.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

CFLs are essentially condensed versions of your typical tube fluorescents. Basically, gases mix within the bulb and hit a phosphor coating which in turn emits bright light. CFLs are very energy efficient and can save you a noteworthy amount of money. According to energy.gov, CFLs use about one-third the energy as a halogen incandescent and can last for years. These light bulbs do contain a small amount of mercury which means recycling and proper disposal methods are necessary.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

LED lighting is the most efficient light bulb technology. LED lights can use up to 75% less energy than standard incandescent lights. That huge amount of energy saved is not only great for the environment but great for your pockets too. LEDs can shave off a large percentage of your electric bill in comparison to incandescents.  LED lights can be many sizes and shapes as well as colors. They last for years and emit very little heat compared to other bulbs. LED light is actually emitted in a specific direction as opposed to all directions. This is a contributing factor to their staggering efficiency.

Reviewing different energy efficient lights and their functions is important when considering purchasing new light bulbs. Ask one of our professionals about lighting services we offer here at Ryan Electrical and we’ll be able to help you make your decision and install your new energy-efficient lights!

 

 

 

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Outdoor Lighting- 24 Hour Curb Appeal?

When the sun goes down and the light fades away, you don’t want your home to fade with it right? Of course not! Having outdoor lights correctly placed throughout your landscape can keep your home shining all throughout the night. With outdoor lighting, you can strut your houses stuff all day every day!

It is important to also point out the safety and security benefits of having outdoor lighting installed. Having well-lit areas around your home can make it easier for both homeowners and guests to navigate their way to and from the home. Being able to see clearly can help avoid painful accidents. As far as security goes, having outdoor lighting installed is one of the most practical security measures a homeowner can have. Having spotlights and motion activated lights can disinterest potential offenders. It can also scare away critters rummaging through garbage or leaf bags making a mess. Especially now that the days are shorter and it is getting darker earlier, it is a good idea to have landscape lighting installed to keep you safe and secure.

So how exactly can outdoor lighting improve curb appeal? Let’s say you have the best Halloween decorations on the block, people come from all around town to see the outstanding effort you put into getting your house ready for the Holiday, but… you don’t have outdoor lighting. Once the sun goes down and it starts getting darker and darker, your fancy decorations are getting lost in the mix. Of course, this example is a stretch but the theme is constant. People take pride in the upkeep and layout of the exterior of their homes, so why not show it off as much as possible. Outdoor lights make that possible. Having a well-lit home just look warm and inviting and there are specific ways to set up and position the lighting for optimizing curb appeal, like focused spotlights and garden displays.

Whether you want to improve the safety and security of your home or just be able to show it off at all hours. Installing outdoor lighting is your best option, and here at Ryan Electrical LLC, we can help you out!

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Making Your Electrical Appliances Last Longer

Purchasing a new stainless-steel oven or subzero fridge with internet capabilities really enhances the kitchen. With numerous electrical appliances on the market, homeowners are quick to buy the latest gadgets.  However, they usually fall short when it comes to maintaining them. In order to ensure your electrical appliances function at full capacity for years to come, it’s critical to maintain them properly.

Washing Machine

Washing machines are one of the most used appliances in the home and when it’s overloaded, it could overheat. It is recommended to switch out the fill hoses every four to five years because over time they can wear out and burst, resulting in costly water damage.

Dryer

Your utility bills can increase if your dryer isn’t maintained regularly.  It is essential to clean the lint trap for fire safety purposes and efficient functioning.

Refrigerator

Vacuuming the condenser coils once a year is recommended for keeping your fridge running longer. Make sure you unplug the refrigerator from the wall and turn off the water lines. Cleaning the seal around the door regularly is another great way to make the most of your refrigerator. Any type of spill or crumbs can affect how well the door seals.

Dishwasher

Clean around the seal of the dishwasher to keep the water from dripping into the kitchen. Over time, food and grime can build up on the dishwasher so always clean the spray arm.

If you’re in need of an electrician in Bergen County or Rockland County, contact the professional residential electricians at Ryan Electrical Services!

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How Can I Protect My Outdoor Outlets?

Having an outdoor outlet is absolutely phenomenal in the summer especially if you love entertaining. At Ryan Electrical Services, we have worked with numerous families in Bergen County and Rockland County who love to throw parties and barbecues in the summer. An outdoor outlet allows us to plug in those fancy fairy lights, string lights, tiki lights and so much more. By having these outlets accessible to us we can really light up our yard, add a pop of color and get all our friends talking.

What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Outlets

A majority of outdoor receptacles have weather proof covers so no moisture or dirt tampers with the outlet. You’ll want to ensure complete safety by following the tasks below.

Use GFCI outlets – The National Electrical Code requires that these outlets be used and they have a ‘WR’ imprinted on the outlet which means they are weather resistant.

Use Gasket & Cover Plate –The gasket and cover plate must be positioned on the outlet and the connection to the wall should be sealed. Moisture can penetrate the box if the incorrect mounting brackets are used. This leads to tripped breakers and melted outlets.

Invest in a Weatherproof Cover – A flip up tab makes sure your outdoor electrical outlet is protected. When it rains out you won’t have to worry about your outlet and these are now mandatory per the National Electrical code. They are also designed with deep lids and grooves so extension cords can be used.

If you find yourself in need of a residential electrician in Rockland County or Bergen County, contact Ryan Electrical Services. We have years of experience providing homes with outdoor outlet repair services. Give us a call today at 845.201.8277!