electrician, home automation,electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Ideas for Future Proofing Your Smart Home – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, maintaining a smart home can be costly because it may require wiring and structural changes, as well as big-ticket purchases for appliances and entertainment systems. Fortunately, future proofing can also save money, and Part 2 will discuss two more ideas.

Home Automation

One key feature of smart homes is home automation. Leaders in the field believe that a CAT7 Ethernet cable should be installed at every home sensor point. Sensor points include smart switches, presence detectors, thermostat temperature sensors, and water detectors. All can help conserve energy, decreasing utility bills. 

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electrician, wiring, cable installation
Written by Larry Cook

Ideas for Future Proofing Your Smart Home – Part 1

As time passes, the pace of technological developments accelerates. It is a challenge staying current with all of the new devices and emerging technologies. The task can also be very expensive because keeping current means replacing high-tech equipment with what’s new.

Maintaining a smart home can be costly because it may require wiring and structural changes, as well as big-ticket purchases for appliances and entertainment systems.

Fortunately, future proofing can also save money, and this article will discuss several ideas. Talk to an expert licensed electrician who is knowledgeable and experienced in making homes smart for the best results.

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Home electrician,Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Do You Know Why Your Lights Flicker?

Quite commonly household lights flicker because of harmless reasons. Unfortunately, there are some reasons why this could be a serious issue. This article will discuss how to tell between a major or minor lighting problem. Remember to call a licensed electrical services company for your family’s safety and the best results.

Unavoidable Flickering

When electrical loads turn off and on, such as appliances and lighting, this will result in the voltage that supply lights to fluctuate, and flickering may occur. Frequently loads require inrush current, drawing plenty of current when activated. Upon being turned on, this type of load will result in a considerable voltage drop being supplied, and this will cause flickering.  An electrical system with a proper design will decrease flickering, but not completely prevent them. One method for greatly minimizing flickers is using dedicated 240V circuits for large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.

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Electrician, home , residential
Written by Larry Cook

Best Places for Motion Detector Lighting

Effective for both home and business, motion detector lighting helps ensure security and safety by shedding light on people and vehicles near your premises. The equipment is affordable, and installation is typically not difficult. However, for safety and the best results, call a licensed electrician.

A motion detector uses a tiny electronic eye for the detection of infrared waves, which are the heat waves radiating from moving objects. Once a motion detector senses a moving object entering its field of view, such as warm objects like animals, human beings, and cars, it electronically activates the light(s) it controls.

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Electrician, Electrical Services
Written by Larry Cook

Why You Should Upgrade Your Company to LED Lighting

Although upgrading your company to LED lighting is a significant investment, the expenditure will result in substantial returns. The following will discuss the advantages of installing LED lighting on your premises. Consult with a reputable electrical services company to get the best results.

Decreased Maintenance

The service life of a halogen bulb is typically 1,000 hours. An incandescent bulb may survive up to 2,000 hours. Lasting up to 7,000 to 15,000 hours are fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Similar in longevity, metal halide lamps remain functional for 6,000 to 15,000 hours. Far exceeding all of these are LED lights, which have service lives ranging from 30,000 to 130,000 hours. This results in significantly decreased maintenance because the need to replace LED bulbs is much less frequent.

Greater Productivity

LED lighting consistently delivers high-quality lighting that nearly emulates natural daylight. This will result in improved employee alertness and cognitive skills as well as minimized eyestrain. During the winter months with fewer daylight hours, LED lights can help lift mood and raise morale.

Lower Utility Bills

Providing adequate lighting is a necessity for every company.  However, costs can be significantly lowered by switching to LED from outdated lighting technology. Depending on the type of current lighting, there can be a reduction in utility bills by 30% to 80% after an LED upgrade.

More Reliable Lighting

A dim, flickering or burnt-out bulb will diminish the appearance of an office, restaurant, store, or warehouse. A lighting failure may also result in a safety or security issue that may be costly to the business in terms of thefts, lawsuit, and higher insurance premiums. The greater reliability and longer service lives of LED helps minimize incidents of lighting failure.

Tax Credits, Rebates & Savings

Your company’s investment in upgrading to LED can be partially offset. Government agencies, utilities, and other organizations provide various tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to support energy efficiency.  Click here to check programs in your area: Government Energy Rebates

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:

  • Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations
  • Marina & Residential Pier Wiring
  • Electrical Service & Repair
  • Specialty Electrical Services

For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

Electrician,Home,Residential
Written by Larry Cook

How to Select the Best Thermostat for Your Home

The coldest months of the year are on their way, and you want to make sure your home is comfortable when it’s freezing. The installation of a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest methods of increasing your comfort, while decreasing utility bills by up to 33%. The following will discuss how to select the best thermostat for your home. Call a licensed and insured electrical services company to get the best results.

Compatibility with Home System

The initial step for selecting the new thermostat for your home is knowing the type of your existing heating and air conditioning system. This is important because it will allow you to check whether or not a thermostat you are considering is compatible with it. A central heating and air system is by far the most common. However, some homes also utilize heating alternatives such as electric baseboards and furnaces.

Thermostat Types

Although it may seem complicated because there are various types of thermostats, you can easily narrow down your choices by noting your preferences.

Digital Non-Programmable – This type will requires a homeowner to manually change the settings of the thermostat as temperatures change.

Learning: Representing the new generation of advanced thermostats, it provides the most energy efficiency. Although, it is similar to a programmable thermostat, it does not require manual programming. Over time, as it is being utilized, this thermostat will learn from a homeowner’s daily preferences and habits. In addition, they are capable of adjusting themselves when no one is at home and generating reports on energy usage. These smart thermostats can be connected to a home’s Wi-Fi and controlled remotely.

Manual – This kind of thermostat will feature the same manual controls as a digital non-programmable, but it will lack a convenient LCD display.

Programmable – You can set this type of thermostat to automatically change the temperature settings of this thermostat higher or lower for each day of the week, matching the needs of their daily schedules. In addition to providing greater convenience, your home’s heating system will be much more efficient.

Remote – A remote thermostat connects via a hub of the home’s internet, letting homeowners remotely control the unit with a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

electrician, home and residential services
Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, a kitchen remodel, electrical design and installation can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also increase your home’s resale value. Part 2 will discuss Kitchen Lighting, Electrical Circuits, and Contractors.

Kitchen Lighting

An excellent layout of switches and electrical lighting circuits can significantly raise the functionality and pleasure of using a new kitchen. In addition, it can help reduce energy use as well. Creating work areas will help you determine a plan for switches and lighting. One idea is a handful of recessed lights illuminating a work island.  Another design idea is track lighting for a counter dining area. One notion is installing one light over the sink connected to a dimmer switch.

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electrician, Home ,Residential
Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 1

Electrical design and installation for a kitchen remodel or upgrade can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also raise your home’s resale value. Kitchen remodeling is a major project as far as the expense and the inconvenience your family will experience during the process. Kitchens are somewhat like airport terminals. If a terminal were unexpectedly closed for even a brief period, many flights and passengers will be affected. Not having access to your kitchen during its remodeling process will have a significant impact on your family.

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electrician,electrical wirings, installations,
Written by Larry Cook

Get Your Home Wired this Fall!

Rewiring an older home and adding or replacing electrical components will help ensure your family’s safety and convenience. Over time, wiring becomes worn out or outdated. Frayed electrical wires are especially hazardous because they may cause a fire. Make sure not to work on these yourself and risk electrical shock. Call a reputable licensed electrical services company that has the skills and experience to repair or replace electrical wiring. The following will discuss several home features that involve replacing wiring and adding or replacing electrical components.

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electrician,Home, Residential
Written by Larry Cook

Energy Efficiency Advantages for Your Business

Whether you’re the head of a business or owner of a commercial building, energy efficient Some are obvious, while others are more subtle. In any case, ensuring that your organization is energy efficient is a sound investment in the future. Remember to consult with an expert licensed electrician regarding performing an energy audit and achieving the best results.

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