electrician, lighting designs
Written by Larry Cook

The Importance of Parking Lot Lighting – Part 1

Although you haven’t thought much about your company’s parking lot lighting, it is important for the safety of your customers and staff. A lighting grid that is well designed will provide protection not only for people, but for the business as well. The following will discuss why good parking lot lighting is an important feature of every commercial property. Consult with an experienced and licensed electrician if you need repairs or an upgrade to get the best results.

Safety

Ensuring your company’s parking lot lighting meets the needs of both visitors and employees is a sound investment. As mentioned above, a sound lighting system will promote safety. Both walking and driving are more dangerous at night because of reduced visibility. Well-lit walkways and parking lots will make sure pedestrians and drivers will be able to see each other, helping in the prevention of collisions and injuries. In addition, good lighting will help people on the parking lot spot objects or surfaces that may cause them to trip, slip, or fall.

Protection

A well-designed lighting grid will help protect customers, staff, and the building itself during nighttime hours. Good lighting maintains the visibility of areas around your business after sundown, increasing the security of exterior areas. This will discourage both vandals and thieves who may cause damage or loss to your company. Excellent lighting is deterrence, and criminals will choose an easier target.

Liability

Failing to ensure adequate lighting for your company’s parking lot may lead to significant financial losses resulting from lawsuits filed by people injured and a reduced number of customers due to their safety concerns. You and your business may also be held liable for vehicles damaged on your parking lot if the lighting is found to be faulty or insufficient. Having lighting professionally installed and repaired will help prevent the above.

Part 2 will discuss four important tips regarding parking lot lighting.

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, HVAC system, installations
Written by Larry Cook

Selecting the Best HVAC System for Your Office

The warm days of spring and the hot days of summer are on their way, and you’ve been thinking about replacing the HVAC system in your office. It won’t be that complex, but this article will outline several different types. Call an experienced and licensed electrician with commercial experience for help in making the right choice.

HVAC Systems

For selecting an HVAC system, the important factors to consider are the daily number of hours of run time needed, the office’s square footage, temperature setting, whether heavy air filtration and purification features are required, etc. The following discusses the main types of HVAC systems and their features.

Single Stage

A single-stage HVAC system is sufficient for handling basic needs. It typically features a simple on-off setting and no options for customizing temperatures or fan speeds. Utilized for specific applications, single-stage HVACs are not practical because they will consume more power than needed in order to keep an office space at a constant temperature.

Two Stage

Two-stage HVAC systems feature several fan speed settings, which are typically off, low, and high. These options allow for increased efficiency for cooling or heating an office space. Although two-stage HVACs maintain simplicity, they are more economical than single-stage systems.

Modulating

A modulating (variable speed) HVAC system is the type installed in the majority of offices. Variable HVACs provide customizable settings for temperature, run time, and fan speeds. Modulating systems let users maintain constant interior temperatures for various periods during a day in an affordable manner.

Rooftop or Ground-Mounted Unit

For many office parks, pre-assembled rooftop units are the best choice for cooling and heating. Rooftop systems are often preferred because they conserve space, their installation is easy, and they do not mar the landscaping outside a building. However, these units need more effort for maintenance than a conventional ground-mounted unit, and they will be more exposed to the elements. On the plus side, rooftop units are less susceptible to vandalism, theft, weeds, and pests.

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 remodeling
Written by Larry Cook

Electrifying Spring & Summer Remodeling Projects

Spring and summer are great times to schedule remodeling projects because the weather is nicer and they can be scheduled while you and your family are away on vacation. The following article will discuss three common remodeling projects for these two seasons. Plan your project with an experienced and licensed electrical services company for the best results.

Bathroom

Many of us do not realize how much time we actually spend in a bathroom, and remodeling it will enhance our lives. An hour may be spent getting ready for work every weekday. You can create a haven where you can relax with the help of an electrician. Imagine installing a sound and light system that will set the right mood before facing a commute or a formal dinner party. Luxury bathrooms can also get upscale items like automated window treatments and heated floors.

Deck

The addition/expansion of a deck can drastically improve a patio area, transforming it into a place for quietly enjoying nature or throwing a party for a celebration. This project gives a homeowner the opportunity to add or improve items, such as providing more shade with an automated awning, upgrading a lighting configuration, powering an entertainment center, or installing an outdoor kitchen/barbecue. Get these wonderful features and many others with the help of a licensed electrician.

Kitchen

A kitchen remodel can reinvigorate the whole house. Modern kitchens have become the place where busy families congregate. It may be the only place every day where everyone is together. Kitchens are now areas where families eat and enjoy entertainment. An electrician can help in the remodel by ensuring it is safer by complying with code, more energy efficient, and capable of meeting modern power demands. A kitchen in an older home that is being remodeled will get upgrades of its electrical system and lighting.

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 Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Building New Smart Homes with the Internet of Things

Installing smart home or Internet of Things (IoT) technology during construction or remodeling is a trend gaining popularity. Adding this technology to a blueprint will require a longer schedule, more materials, and a larger budget. However, it’s wiser performing the installation during this phase, rather than during a future retrofit that will be more expensive and inconvenient for homeowners. 

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generator, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Benefits of Installing a Backup Generator for Summer

Summer is associated with pleasant weather, but power outages frequently occur during this season. The hurricane season on the East Coast regularly delivers strong storms with high winds every year, which bring down power lines. There is also a higher demand for electricity during the summer because of increased air conditioning use, and this may cause rolling blackouts and brownouts in areas where utilities cannot cope with the demand. 

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electrical services, electrician, lighting designs
Written by Larry Cook

Benefits from Improving Your Marina’s Lighting

You may have a marina or a boat kept inside one. Now that another fun boating season is back, you’ve been thinking of investing in a lighting upgrade. There are several great benefits you’ll get from going forward with this project. Remember to call a licensed electrician who has experience lighting marinas for the best results. 

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electrician, Electrical services,Repair
Written by Larry Cook

Make Your Older Home Safer with ESFI Safety Tips – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, electrical fires occur in almost 48,000 homes every year, causing more than 1,500 deaths. Older homes with dated and deteriorated wiring are make their residents more vulnerable to electrical fires and shocks. Devices like an AFCI provide more protection. Part 2 will discuss GFCIs and TRRs. 

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Electrician, Electrical services, wiring
Written by Larry Cook

Make Your Older Home Safer with ESFI Safety Tips – Part 1

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) statistics found there are almost 48,000 home electrical fires annually. As a result, more than 450 deaths, 1,500 people injured, and property damages amounting $1.5 billion occur every year.

Numerous electrical fires occur in homes constructed prior to 1970, which number more than 50% of the country’s housing. These older homes were built before the invention of many appliances and electronic devices that are now common. Nowadays, a typical home contains more TV sets than residents. This ever-growing need for electricity increases the risk of overloading the electrical system of an older home and the chances of electrical shock and fires. 

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Electrician , residential, home, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Facts to Know Before Purchasing a New HVAC System – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the most important resource for selecting a new HVAC system will be a licensed electrician who is very experienced in installing them. An HVAC installation requires both solid engineering and working with a home’s existing wiring, ventilation, ductwork, etc. Consider a good electrical contractor a sound investment because the project will run from $2,500 to about $15,000 on average. Part 2 will cover Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Maintenance, and Noise Levels. 

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Electrician, Services,maintenance
Written by Larry Cook

Facts to Know Before Purchasing a New HVAC System – Part 1

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system in time for the hottest days of summer, this article will help by discussing some facts you should know. However, the most important resource will be a licensed electrician who is very experienced in installing HVACs. Make sure to contact one in your area to get the best results. 

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