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!

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Get Your Outdoor Lighting Ready for the 4th of July

Are you hosting a 4th of July barbecue? Get your backyard ready with some outdoor lighting. Whether you want to light up your walkway, front porch or add some LED lighting around the pool, we have you covered. Rather than purchasing inexpensive lighting, why not invest in longer lasting, energy efficient lights that really enhance the party. With the extended life and durability that LED lighting offers, it’s an eco-friendly upgrade that ensures peace of mind for years to come.

Some of the most popular lighting options for your home include:

Mini spotlights illuminate your property while motion detector lights make your guests feel safe. When leaving your home at night, they’ll feel the security of walking through a well-lit area. We can all identify with shuffling through our purses or backpacks in the dark while searching for keys, wallets, phones, etc.  Motion detection lighting can help with that.

Whether you’re seeking classic, white lights to shine on your property or you are interested in some red, white and blue rope lighting, we will gladly install lights that enhance the appeal of your property.

With the abundance of choices on the market today, why not begin looking for new lighting that really adds a spark to your home. If you’re unsure of which lights to choose or the best placement for them, our electrician will gladly inspect your property and help you choose the proper fixtures.

Call Ryan Electrical Services at 845.201.8277 for more information!

USB Outlet

Why You Need a USB Outlet

If you take a look at the technology you own, there is most likely a use for a USB port. They are in our computers, new televisions and even in the cars we drive now. We have these plugins in all these areas, so why not the wall?

The standard outlet comes with two plugin areas with three prongs. Having the USB aspect included into the outlet (on a standard model) will still have the same two areas with three prongs. However, newer outlets can have the inclusion of two USB ports horizontally in the middle or vertically on the sides. The USB port is becoming more universal and has the ability to carry both power and data through its cords. Having these outlets can make it more convenient when it comes to charging your electronic belongings. For instance, wireless keyboards, cell phones, tablets, speakers, headphones, and an array of other electronics utilize USB.

Similar to the outlet, there are now power strips with the inclusion of multiple USB ports. If a normal two port USB outlet in the wall isn’t enough, there is a power strip available to charge all of your electronics at once. In newer homes, these types of outlets and power strips are becoming more common. Contractors and electricians are keeping up with the advances in technology by incorporating new aspects like these outlets and power strips into their businesses.

A USB outlet is worth an investment and change. A person may own too many chargers for many different electronics. Having this USB would be one less worry and hassle when it comes to finding an adapter piece to plug into the wall. This type of advance in technology is more of a convenience and is a look into what the future could bring for power outlets.

Businesses can definitely benefit from USB outlets as they are extremely convenient for employees. If companies provide work laptops, cell phones or iPads, this will allow them to plugin their many electronic devices.

What Are the Greatest Issues with Electrical Wiring Older Houses?

Older houses are beautiful, especially with their unique architecture and charm, however, wiring these homes can be challenging. If you have an older house with an electrical system that hasn’t been updated in a while, you might find yourself experiencing some of the warning signs below.  If you need an in-depth assessment, contact Ryan Electrical Services, LLC.

How to Determine if Your Wiring is Too Old

When it comes to outdated wiring, you may notice some of the following:

  • Flickering lights
  • Lights going dim for no reason
  • Minor shock when touching light switches
  • Circuit breakers that regularly trip
  • Intermittent power

Should I Be Worried About Electrical Wiring in My Older House?

The biggest concern in older interior wiring is the deterioration of conductor insulation.  Over time, wire insulation can disintegrate and/or crack, there by exposing the live wire and contributing to the symptoms above, in addition to, and most critically, fire.

Never ignore the warning signs because you could be putting yourself and your family at risk, as well as possibly paying for more costly repairs down the road.

Contact Ryan Electrical Services for residential electrical services in Bergen County and Rockland County.

Are There Any Electrical Wiring Repair Services That Won’t Tear Up My Walls?

While those in favor of DIY projects might be eager to start repairing wires, it’s crucial to understand the safety hazards that come with electrical wiring repair. If you lack the proper tools and knowledge, wiring repair can be extremely dangerous. Below is a list of some electrical wiring repair services that can be done without having to open the walls.

  • Electrical Receptacles – We can easily repair wires that are connected to electrical receptacles throughout your home.
  • Light Switches – Attempting to change this on your own can lead to getting shocked. We will gladly repair wires attached to a light switch.S
  • Three-Way Switches – Most homeowners should not try to fix these themselves. It takes longer than a standard light switch and is more complex.
  • Dimmer Switches – While dimmer switches aren’t too challenging to replace on your own, most homeowners should leave this to the professionals.
  • Phone Jacks – Some people still have land lines. Our electricians will wire the phone jack for you because phone jacks use delicate wires and specialized hardware.
  • Circuit Breakers – These devices have dedicated wires connected to them and only a professional electrician should do repair and/or replacement of these items.

Whatever kind of electrical wiring you need, we are here for you. Ryan Electrical Services has years of experience providing Bergen County and Rockland County with residential electrical services.