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 , 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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Written by Larry Cook

Effective Energy Efficiency Ideas for Office Buildings – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, raising the energy efficiency of your office building can decrease energy expenses significantly. Consult with an experienced licensed electrical services company because they will make the process smoother. Part 2 will discuss HVAC systems, motors, and monitoring energy usage. 

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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 ,Residential services
Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Indoor Maintenance Before Winter

Now that winter is on its way, prepare your home’s interior to ensure safety, energy efficiency, and comfort during the colder months. The following discusses tasks that should be performed before winter. For any type of electrical work, call an experienced licensed electrician to protect your home and family.

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Home, Residential,Electrician, Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Stay Warm All Winter with Electric Wall Heaters – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, electric wall heaters were introduced after gas heaters, and they are the leader today for heating living spaces. If properly and safely used, wall mounted heaters powered by electricity give homes and apartments several benefits in terms of heating. The following will discuss the advantages from using electric wall heaters.

Begins Working Rapidly

Electric wall heating units will typically begin providing heat within 1 to 2 minutes, rapidly and efficiently distributing heat into the desired area.

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Home Automation , electricians
Written by Larry Cook

Make Living Automatic in Your Smart Home

Smart home automation will bring energy efficiency, improved convenience, better security and comfort into your home.  Gaining in popularity over the past few years, smart home systems have become more affordable and user-friendly. The following will discuss aspects of your home that can be improved with smart devices. Consult with an experienced and reputable licensed electrical services company for the best results.

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Written by Larry Cook

3 Benefits of Electric Heating

Now that fall is just around the corner, it is time to think about heating a chilly room or new spaces added by a remodel project before temperatures hit freezing. There are a lot of options in the market, but electric heating is generally a good choice for the majority of homes. Electric heating provides three benefits to the homeowner: affordability, easy installation, and efficiency.

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electric, installations, lightings
Written by Larry Cook

Keep Your Cool with New Ceiling Fans

Able to lower the ‘feeling’ of a room’s temperature by about 8 degrees, ceiling fans allow homeowners to raise thermostats and save electricity by using less air conditioning. The swapping of an overhead light fixture with a ceiling fan can be handled safely by an experienced and licensed electrician usually within one to two hours.

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