When is it time to call an electrician? Renovations and construction are always fun for those who like to take the bull by the horns and enjoy building something with their own hands. There are many reasons we love these activities and yet there are times we are left scratching our heads wondering if we have just bitten off more than we can chew. So before we blow the place up it is wise to …
If you are considering a renovation taking some time ahead of the project to allocate your spend is a great idea so you do not run into any surprises along the way. But where do you spend your renovation budget? The kitchen, bathroom and basement will always yield the best return on your investment dollars especially if you choose energy-efficient and eco-friendly options. Planning carefully and and smart choices will go a long way….
Benefits of Air Conditioning Summers in Alberta often start out great! We are often longing, almost begging for the sun show and to feel the warmth on our skin after our long and bitter winters. Soon into this reality though, the summer months go from Yay!! ... to the blatant the realization that we may not be built for this heat. Extreme heat is known to have adverse effects on our intellect and physical activity…..
#1. MAKE THIS YEAR A YEAR TO IMPROVE MORE THAN YOU.Small changes over time can equal huge $avings and help the environment at the same time. Swap out a traditional light bulb with an LED every month. This small act will only cost you a few more dollars each pay period and the electricity savings will be noticeable by the end of the year.
To understand the difference between GFCI and AFCI one needs to understand the instance or application for each of these circuit interupters. And there is a drastic difference between GFCI and AFCI breakers. An AFCI, Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter, protects the circuitry of your home or business and are a relatively newer product. AFCI's are generally used in new construction and provide a higher level of protection than a standard circuit breaker by detecting and removing the
Do think you need to upgrade your circuit breaker box, ? Here are some things to be aware of so you can make an educated decision. If you think that you do need to overhaul your electrical system there are a few main components that need attention. The first thing to consider is upgrade your panel to bring more power from the utility company into your home. From there one could also identify if it's ….
FIVE FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE
There will be a few varying factors when considering building a home in an urban location versus a rural location. The 1st and most important thing to watch out for if you are on an acreage or rural location is water. Water for home use and the water drainage issue. If there is no water, for home use, then the cost of a well will be a factor. YOU NEED WATER. The second part of this to consider is the drainage. You can have the most beautiful well-constructed home and have problem after problem with water in the basement or flooding during wet years or heavy rainfall, including snow melt.
The second item to consider when building your home is that you will need to have good reputable contractors with a long history of work completed. Don’t be afraid to do inquiries on them. Check out their work first hand if possible, in fact, visit some of their finished work in person. Ask for references if necessary. Check them out the BBB. If there have been complaints filed, it will be there.
Anther factor to assess is the financial cost and affordability. With the interest rates and economic uncertainty one must do what one can afford. Job security and longevity is essential. It is a big commitment and it will determine your lifestyle. Building a home is planting your roots in a future and you are paying yourself in the end. You have equity and a future of more growth.
Location, location, Location! Your location is relative to where you work. The cost of property or lot to build upon needs to be evaluated. When comparing city living/suburban areas to an acreage or rural/farm, it may simply boil down to the best “bang for the buck”. If commuting is not a real issue for you to get to work, then the price may be based on that location.
Warranties on materials and labor are also important. The contractors need to prove that they will stand by their work and that everything meets code. Should there be issues, the timelines need to be clear on how long they will continue to provide follow up. Make sure they are credible. References do help here from past projects and sometimes you can tell by how they present themselves and how concerned they are with any issues that do arise - and there will always be hiccups or unforeseen issues that popup throughout the build process.
How your contractors deal with these 'things', no matter how small determines their integrity. If they listen and hear you, they are worth doing business with.
Aluminum Wiring Concerns in Older Homes Around the early 1950’s until late 1970’s many homes were constructed and wired with aluminum wiring versus today’s homes that are wired with copper. Taking into account that copper wire is a better conductor than aluminum, in order for aluminum wire to carry the same current as copper in a safe manner is must be larger in size. It is fairly easy to identify …