Supplemental Heating Options for Your Home

November 26th, 2018 No comments

10 Ways to Eliminate Cold Areas in Your Home

man in cold home.
Every home seems to have places in it that just seem colder than the rest of the house.  Areas in a room, or a room itself, just stay cold when the temperatures outside drop.This can be particularly true in older homes. 

So what can be done to warm up these areas?  You can turn the thermostat up to a level that the cold areas get comfortable, while the rest of the house becomes unbearably warm, or you can try some of the suggestions below.

First Things First
There are a few initial things to check on before you start spending money on additional heat sources.

  1. Check to see if the heat registers are open or blocked. Make sure furniture, rugs or drapes aren’t blocking the flow of warm air into the room.
  2. Are the dampers in your ductwork adjusted correctly? Look for handles and markings on the ductwork such as ‘summer’ and ‘winter.’  Set the damper handle parallel to the duct line for maximum airflow.
  3. When was the last time your furnace filter was replaced? Restricted airflow through your furnace can prevent warm air from reaching all parts of your home.
  4. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. If you have a ceiling fan in a cooler room, simply switch the direction of your fan so that the warmer air near the ceiling is pushed down.   A low setting is all you need to keep the warm air flowing.

What to do next.
If the simple things don’t work well enough, the next options are to look at supplemental heat sources.

Toe-kick heaters fit under cabinets.

Toe-kick heaters fit under cabinets.

Portable Space Heaters
Space heaters are the easiest means of providing additional heat to a room.  They come in different sizes and heating capacities, so finding one that works for you should not be hard.

But space heaters have their drawbacks.  They can burn the fingers of curious kids, and they’re often unattractive obstacles.  Larger models take up a lot of floor space and may overload an electrical circuit. If not used carefully, they can become a fire hazard.  Go to this link to read more on Space Heater Safety.

Electric Baseboard or Wall Mount Heaters
Installing baseboard heating or wall mount electric heaters allows you to heat an entire room or specific zones.  These units control the temperatures in a room separately from the rest of the house and come in sleek, compact designs.

Electric Toe-Kick Heaters
Electric toe-kick heaters with blowers fit into the hollow space under kitchen cabinets, stair treads and vanities.  This can be a good solution for a bathroom or kitchen where chilly feet are the main complaint.

duct booster fan

Duct-booster fans increase air flow into a room.

Duct-Booster Fans
For homes with forced air heat, duct booster fans can increase the flow of warm air through your ducts into a cooler room. In-line duct booster fans fit inside standard-size metal ducts.

Cove Heaters
Cove heaters mount inconspicuously along the wall near the ceiling.  For a bedroom or TV room, cove heaters can be a great choice. These units use radiant panels that emit heat downward to warm occupants directly instead of heating the air. They work well in rooms where drapes and furniture make baseboard heaters inconvenient.

cove heaters

Cove heaters work well in bedrooms and family rooms.

Electric Floor Heat
If you are willing to replace flooring, electric floor heat will do a great job of heating a kitchen or bathroom.  Under-tile radiant systems are still the most common, but many companies offer systems that work equally well beneath laminate, carpet and engineered hardwood floors.

Radiant Ceiling Panels
Radiant ceiling panels heat the occupants of a room from above. These panels mount on the ceiling and provide ‘spot heat’ to people in a specific area.  Mounted directly above a work table or desk, someone can work comfortably without having to heat the entire room.

Professional Installation Required
Most of these options to provide supplemental heat to a room or area in your home will require a professional to install them.  In almost all cases additional wiring is needed requiring an electrician. Carpentry skills may also be needed if you are replacing flooring or cutting holes in walls.

Artisan Electric logoA Comfortable Home Throughout
Having a home that is comfort throughout allows you to take advantage of all the charm and utility of your home.  So in the end deciding how best to add to your home’s comfort will be worth it.

Artisan Electric or Project Done can be help in reviewing your options and with installation support of any of these supplemental heating options.

Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913 and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Prep Your Outdoor Lighting, Signs and Home for Winter

October 26th, 2018 No comments

Winter is Coming.
When cold weather arrives no one likes working on outdoor electrical problems. Frozen fixtures and ground make parking lot lights, wall packs, motion detector lights, landscape lighting, and any outdoor wiring, motors, and electrical panels extra difficult and more expensive to service.

Now is the time to have outdoor electrical maintenance done

Thermometer showing 0 degrees

Scheduled maintenance is always more cost effective than emergency or unplanned repair work.  There are preventive maintenance steps you can take in the fall that will help eliminate potential problems when your electrical usage increases during the winter months. Installing fresh light bulbs and inspecting outdoor electrical wiring before winter arrives is money well spent.

Businesses

  • Outdoor lights including parking lot lights, and hard to reach pole lights, wall packs and security lighting should be inspected.
  • Signage on commercial buildings can be very difficult and costly to service once it freezes up. When this occurs we often cannot get the fixtures apart to work on them.
  • Panels and service equipment  The summer cooling season and the big electrical loads from AC units place heavy stress on electrical systems. The same thing occurs at peak heating season when the below zero temps set in. It is a good idea to have your outside electrical service, meter box, and electrical panel board “the breaker box” inspected and all the wiring connections and breaker terminals tightened on a regular basis. Manufacturers recommend this be done annually.

Home Owners

  • Landscape lights after a summer of heavy use many landscape lighting systems have some fixtures and lamps that need repair. These get very hard to service once the ground freezes. If there are in-ground buried wiring issues sometimes we have to wait for spring.
  • Exterior lighting on homes is always more expensive to service outdoor lighting in the winter time – especially those hard to reach fixture locations and pesky motion sensor lights.  Lights that don’t work become much more noticeable and inconvenient as our days grow shorter.
  • Outdoor spa and hot tub electric circuits that heat the water in your spa or hot tub should be checked to avoid electrical equipment failure that might lead to a costly freeze up of the unit.
  • Portable space heaters are commonly used to provide additional heat to help keep rooms comfortable.  We see this frequently in older historic homes.  Space heaters draw a lot of current and many older electrical circuits are not rated for this kind of use.  If you are using portable heaters you need to know that the circuit and electrical outlet you are using is correctly sized and rated for the load. Never use portable heaters on extension cords, plug strips or two-prong adapters!

Artisan Electric logoExterior Electrical Maintenance
One of Artisan Electric’s certified technicians would be happy to come out and provide an estimate on any electrical maintenance work you wish done. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913 and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

 

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Don’t Ignore “Concerns” on a Home Inspection Report

October 2nd, 2018 No comments

Home InspectionWhen considering the purchase of a home a potential buyer will receive a real estate disclosure that documents the seller’s knowledge of the property. 

This disclosure is not the same thing as an independent third party home inspection.  A home inspection is more extensive and may reveal defects that the seller may not have been aware of.

A Home’s Overall Condition
A home buyer should always do a full property inspection before moving forward with a purchase. A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the overall condition of a home.  The inspector checks all systems and components from the roof to the basement. It will cover features of the house such as the electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, as well as structural features of the home.  Home inspections may often reveal problems with a home that could be pricey to fix.

inspecting electrical box

Make sure there are no surprises with your home’s wiring.

Once the inspection is completed, the home inspector will provide the buyer with a report suggesting any improvements or repairs deemed necessary to bring the home up to current standards.

If There Are Concerns
Remember, inspectors can’t see through walls or ceilings. They can only inspect what they have access to.  If home inspector says, “they have concerns,” pay attention.  This means that based on what they could observe, they may have seen evidence or suspect a home has mold, termites, asbestos or old wiring.  If this is the case it’s a good idea to bring in a specialist to investigate just how extensive a problem it is within the home, and how much it might cost to fix it.

We Can Help With Old Wiring
If you’re looking at a home that has pre-1960 “knob and tube” style electrical wiring, it does not meet code, and the home’s entire electrical system will need to be replaced.  Old wiring like knob and tube is a huge fire hazard, so it has to be replaced.  Unfortunately, it can cost several thousand dollars to rewire an old home.

If a report indicates a rodent problem, a thorough inspection of the house’s wiring is recommended.  Pests can cause serious harm to electrical systems, exposing wires which can lead to electrical fires, shocks, and short circuits.

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Getting a home inspection and, if needed, a more extensive inspection from a specialist, is a small price to pay to avoid the costly mistake of purchasing a property in need of major repairs.

If you have questions concerning your electrical service or wiring, please give Artisan Electric a call at 765-414-3913.  We have extensive experience in working on older homes and their electrical systems.

 

How Hard is it to Update an Older Home with Today’s Technology?

August 29th, 2018 No comments

Got an older home where your new technology just doesn’t seem to fit?  Wiring isn’t in the right place, wireless signals are weak, internet speeds are slow, and when you lose power it’s a major task to restart everything?

Updating older home technology

Incorporating newer technologies into older homes sometimes requires a little extra effort.

These problems tend to have a common cause.  Older homes, especially larger ones, were not built with today’s audio/visual, computer and wireless devices in mind.  As a result your wireless technology just doesn’t seem to work at the level you expect.  Fortunately there are solutions to these problems that do not require you to move.

Improving WIFI Signals
Some of the simpler steps that can be taken to improve WIFI signal strength are:

  1. Checking your router to make sure it is not obsolete. To handle higher bandwidth applications you should be using models designated 802.11n at 300Mbps, or the latest 802.11ac at 1Gbps.
  2. Placement of your router. The more central the location the better.
  3. Add wireless signal extenders that boost the signal throughout your home.
Artisan rack

Additional equipment installed to enhance overall signal performance.

Streaming Applications
For those wanting to stream shows to their computers and high definition TV’s, taking the above steps may not be enough.  More sophisticated technology like POE switches and direct wiring via CAT6 and coax cable to the units may be required.  For older homes this entails more work because, unlike newer homes, they were not pre-wired for this type of application.

Taking It to the Max
Recently Artisan Electric, working in conjunction with Abstract Technology, wrapped up a project to significantly upgrade the network connectivity of a number of devices in a customer’s older home.

Because of the size of the home and the number of devices to be controlled Artisan installed a POE switch and 3 enterprise grade access points that boosted the WIFI signal throughout the home. In addition we ran new CAT6 network and coax cable to accommodate five TV locations and other electronic devices.  To top it off, the customer had us install a UPS battery backup that can run a full 100 meg WIFI network for up to eight hours.

Artisan Electric "gimme that juice" logoNot Every Project Is This Big
Updating your older home’s tech infrastructure doesn’t have to entail everything we did in the project above.  We’d encourage you to give Artisan Electric a call at 765-464-9184 and we’d be happy to come out, run a few speed and signal strength tests, and help you determine the best approach to making your beautiful home more tech savvy.

We’re Looking for a Multi-Skilled Person Who Can Get the Project Done

August 29th, 2018 No comments

Do you have a broad set of home improvement/repair skills? Do you like to work independently? Enjoy a job with never ending variety? Get satisfaction from a job well done?

Our PROJECT DONE team is looking for the right person to help us grow this business.  Someone with a variety of skills to take on ….Project Done logo

  • General repairs of all kinds
  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Yard clean up and mulch work

PROJECT DONE is a home repair services company that does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.  Anything someone needs done by a skilled hand around their home or business.

Position Requirements
A strong candidate will need to have carpentry skills and some experience with basic plumbing and electrical wiring.  They will also have to demonstrate a solid work history and the ability to manage their own time; pass a drug screening; and be able to work flexible hours.  For the right person, this could grow into a future business opportunity.

Interested?
Please submit a resume or summary of your work history to Chris Voglund at info@projectdone4u.com or phone: 765-464-9184.

Learn more at http://projectdone4u.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u.

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Artisan Electric Looking For Experienced Electrician

July 3rd, 2018 No comments

Artisan Hiring Experience Electrician


JOIN THE “A-TEAM”

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The A-TEAM at Artisan Electric is looking to add a team member.  Who do you know that is in the electrical trades?  Someone who may not be satisfied with ethics, atmosphere, stress level, or management at their current company? Or someone who is looking for a new challenge with real growth opportunities?

Skills/Traits We Are Looking For
We are looking for candidates with some or all of the following types of traits / skills:

  • Must be hard wired to care about people and team members, and be committed to the social responsibility of doing ethical business.
  • Is willing, able, and enjoys being in new situations.Win Win quote
  • Is a problem solver!
  • Believes that business relationships must be WIN / WIN for all parties.
  • Journeyman electrician who has been thru a 4 year BAT certified apprentice program and has a minimum 4 years of post-apprenticeship residential and light commercial service experience.
  • No felony convictions and can pass a federal back ground check for work at secure facilities.
  • Is able to write proficiently and work with computers and basic computer applications.

An Uncompromising Reputation
Artisan Electric has built a reputation in the Lafayette community based on an uncompromising belief that if you treat your customers and employees fairly and with integrity, everyone prospers.  This philosophy has allowed Artisan to be successful and have sustained growth over the past 14 years.

Interested in Talking?
If you have the desire to be part of this type of organization and have some of the skills listed above (or know someone who does) please feel free to send me a resume at cvoglund@artisanelectric.net, or call us at 765-414-3913. We would like to talk with you about what Artisan Electric has to offer!

 

 

Chris Voglund
Owner/Journeyman Electrician

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Handy Man Services from PROJECT DONE

May 23rd, 2018 No comments

Introducing PROJECT DONE
Over the years Artisan Electric has been in countless homes and businesses. Often our clients will ask us for help getting odd jobs done that are unrelated to electrical work.  Seeing a need, and after encouragement from key business mentors, our team members, and our clients, we are excited to introduce our new company PROJECT DONE!

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Who needs a project done or has a spring honey-do list that needs knocked out?

We all do! But finding the right person or company who can take on these general repairs and small projects can be taxing.  Do they have the right expertise, do you trust them, and is their pricing fair and transparent?  Determining who is best suited to work on your home is not easy.

What is PROJECT DONE?
The PROJECT DONE team does home improvements, light carpentry, general repairs and small projects.

  • Adam and Project Done truck

    Have a project that needs completed? We’ll be happy to get the PROJECT DONE for you.

    General repairs of all kinds

  • Clean ups and punch lists
  • Small project home improvements
  • The proverbial “honey do” list
  • Light carpentry, painting, and cosmetic work
  • Reality inspection report repairs
  • Deck and fence repairs
  • Gutter cleaning
  • The dreaded “garage and basement” clean out and organization
  • Shelving and closet fix ups
  • Faucet and toilet repairs
  • Maintenance for income properties
  • Project management and finding you the right trusted team for work out of our scope
  • Yard clean up and mulch work
  • Anything you may need a skilled kind hand with around your home our business
  • We will be the answer to the question “who do I call?”

    Chris, Alan Standing

    PROJECT DONE Partners: Chris Voglund (L) and Adam Baker.

Why PROJECT DONE?
Project Done is a home repair services company born out of the needs we have encountered with our existing Artisan Electric clients and business pier group.  Our experience and reputation for quality and ethics have put us in the position of being asked almost daily for referrals for these types of services.  After years of not having a good answer we decided to rise to the task and meet this need with a new company.

What Does It Cost?
Adam and I are committed to doing ethical business and quality work for a fair price. We are completely transparent with our pricing, so there are no surprises.  Our published pricing and terms can be found at http://projectdone4u.com/.

It’s Easy to Get a PROJECT DONE
In order to ensure that your project is done to your satisfaction, we recommend taking the following steps.

  • Project Done truckCompile your list of projects
  • Contact Us
    Phone or Text: 765-464-9184
    Email us at: info@projectdone4U.com
    Message us thru our FB page
  • Conduct a walk through with Adam (no charge)
  • Review your list and answer questions
  • Outline plan for each repair
  • Review pricing with our standardized rates
  • Schedule a time to get started

...and that’s how you get a PROJECT DONE!

 

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EMAIL: info@projectdone4u.com

PHONE: 765-464-9184

WEB: http://projectdone4u.com/
FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/projectdone4u

Summer Electrical Projects

April 30th, 2018 No comments

Popular Summertime Projects for Better Outdoor Living

Over the last few years the trend has been to create outdoor living spaces that provide many of the comforts and conveniences previously found only inside the home.  These enhanced living  and work spaces often require additional wiring and electrical outlets to accommodate new entertainment, cooking and work items.

Some of the most popular projects include:

Deck with Lighting

Landscape and accent lighting add to the ambiance of your outdoor space.

Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting can really make your home, walks, landscaping and hardscapes sparkle after dark.  Additional lighting for decks, patios, pergolas and gazebos can let you enjoy these spaces late into the evening.

Pools and Hot Tubs
Have a pool that needs extra lighting around it, or want to install a hot tub or spa? These offer a great way to relax and enjoy the hotter weather.

Outdoor Kitchens
Cooking outdoors has always been fun.  Taking it to the next level with an outdoor kitchen adds a whole other level of capability.

Outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have really grown in popularity.

These spaces often require dedicated circuits for a new stove, refrigerator, or other appliance.

Adding TV’s and Sound Systems
Being able to enjoy the game on the large screen TV, or your favorite music on the entertainment system makes for a great afternoon as you relax on your porch or deck.

Garage Additions
Need to add on to your garage to accommodate your latest hobby, or just to have more room for your workshop and stuff?   Expanding your garage or shed can give you that extra space.

Patio with TV

Adding technology, ceiling fans and lighting all add to the appeal of your deck or patio.

Security and Motion Detectors
A home security system and/or motion detectors can help keep your property, family and valuables safe.

Ceiling Fans for Porches or Pergolas
Ceiling fans come in a variety of styles and sizes and provide welcome relief when all you want is a nice breeze while you sit outside.

Help from the Professionals
Planning, designing and installing additional electrical power for outdoor living, recreational and work spaces requires input from a knowledgeable electrician.  From installing a ceiling fan, to adding landscape lighting, to wiring an A/V system, it is important all wiring is to code and is weather proof to insure everyone’s safety.

Artisan Electric logoAny one of our certified electricians on the Artisan Electric team would be happy to discuss your plans and provide input on any of the outdoor living projects you are considering.  Just give us a call at 765-414-3913 or contact us at Artisan Electric.

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Preventing Damaging Power Surges

March 21st, 2018 No comments

How to Stop Sneaky Power Surges from Damaging Your Electronics


motherboard hit by electrical surge

Power surges from different sources can all cause damage to electronic devices.

“Just had it happen to us,” noted Chris Voglund, owner of Artisan Electric. “We had surge protection on all of our devices, but a recent spike through the electric company’s transformer was so fast, it still knocked out a couple of our more sensitive electronic pieces of equipment.  We are now installing surge protection at the outside electrical panel to prevent this from happening again.”

Causes of Power Surges
Although lightning strikes are the most visible examples of what causes damaging power surges, they are not the most common reason.  Other more common sources are faulty electrical equipment from outside the home, and internal power surges caused by larger appliance motors on refrigerators, A/C units, and microwave ovens.

Smaller, repeated power surges may also slowly damage your electronic equipment. Repetitive, small power surges shorten the life of appliances and electronics. Your electronic devices may continue to function following small surges until the integrity of the electronic components finally degrades and your computers, TV’s and other electronics mysteriously stop working.

Types of surge protectors

How to Prevent Damage from Power Surges
Power surges caused by lightning can enter the home through the cable TV or satellite dish cable, the incoming telephone lines or through the electrical service line.

Knowing that power surges can take several paths and do not always enter through the electrical panel indicates a good surge protection system should include:

  • Protection of the incoming electrical service
  • Some type of protection of phone lines and cable TV lines
  • Point-of-use surge protectors at sensitive and expensive appliances

When deciding on what type of and how much surge protection is needed, each house and its contents should be assessed individually. An electrician knowledgeable about power surge protection systems and the history of problems in your area is a valuable resource.

Lightning storm over city

Lightning is the most visible form of power surge, but not the most common.

The Odds Are Not In Our Favor
Many of us think a power surge won’t happen to our home or business, so we are hesitant to spend the extra money on a complete surge protection system.

There are over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes detected per year in the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.  The 10 year average for Indiana is 425, 478 per year. Odds are that it will happen to you at some point.

When you are a victim of a power surge either by lightning or other cause, the consequences can be expensive.  Replacing TV’s, appliances and computers are all high ticket items.  Unless you have additional coverage on your homeowner’s insurance policy, standard policies typically don’t cover damaged items from a power surge.  Renter’s insurance policies usually don’t provide this kind of coverage either, meaning tenants must get compensation from their landlord.

Power Strips Are Not Surge Protectors
It is also helpful to remember that power strips and surge protectors are different.  Using a power strip as a surge protector will not typically give you adequate protection. Power strips are multi-outlet products that allow you to plug-in additional items into one outlet. They usually have a circuit breaker, but most won’t protect your valuable home electronics completely.

Artisan Electric logoFree Site Assessment
Have questions or concerns about surge protection for your home or business?  Contact us today at Artisan Electric and let our licensed pros do a free site assessment.  We can then discuss the best way to protect your valuable electronic devices.

Outdoor Living Space Electrical Upgrades

February 23rd, 2018 No comments

Looking to Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space?  We Can Help With Those Warm Weather Electrical Projects.

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Outdoor lighting, hot tub, outdoor kitchen
With a hint of spring in the air, many of us look forward to getting outside and enjoying the nicer weather.  For those who want to upgrade their outdoor living spaces, this is the time to plan and line up the contractors you’ll need to get these jobs done.
 

Even if you are handy and expect to do most of the work yourself, we highly suggest leaving the electrical work to the professionals.

Artisan List of Outdoor Wiring ProjectsIncrease the Enjoyment and Value of Your Home
Improving your outdoor living space with landscape, patio and deck lighting improves the appeal and safety around your home.

Adding electrical capacity for outdoor kitchens, sheds, garages, pools and docks will allow you to use these areas more extensively. For more outdoor wiring ideas go to Enjoy Your Home.

Keep Everyone Safe
The National Electrical Code (NEC) includes many specific requirements for outdoor circuits and equipment. The primary safety concerns outdoors are moisture and corrosion, physical damage, and issues related to underground burial.

With most residential outdoor wiring projects, the relevant code requirements pertain to installing outdoor receptacles and fixtures and running wiring above and below ground.

Where requirements call for “listed” equipment, products must be listed for the application by an approved testing agency, such as UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories).

Artisan Electric logoContact Us With Your Questions
We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction to get your next warm weather project up and running. Contact us today at Artisan Electric or give us a call at 765-414-3913.