electricians, installations, motorized window coverings
Written by Larry Cook

Smarten Up Your Window Treatments

If you want to add a touch of luxury to your home, install motorized shades as part of turning your house into a smart home with an automation system. The following will discuss the advantages of upgrading your existing shades and blinds. Remember to consult with a licensed electrician before taking on this kind of project. 

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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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electrician, home electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Wiring Your New Smart Home – Part 1

The chief advantage of living in a smart home is automation, which provides several benefits this article will present. The foundation of smart home automation is structured wiring that an experienced licensed electrical contractor can expertly install. Smart home automation can be used to control the items below:

  • Appliances
  • Cooling and Heating
  • Doors and Windows
  • Entertainment
  • Lighting
  • Security
  • Telephones
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Written by Larry Cook

Wireless & Wired Home Networking Basics – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, streaming video from entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon will consume up to 80% of the wireless bandwidth of a typical home network. Used together, wireless and wired home networking can meet the rapidly growing future demand of home users. Part 2 will discuss 4K, Power over Ethernet, and Future Proofing.

Arrival of 4K

Featuring four times the resolution of HD 1080p screens, 4K or Ultra HD will require using a wired network at home as a wireless network will not be able to distribute the signal throughout a home consistently. CAT5e cable is capable of transmitting the 12 -20 mbps which is necessary for 4K. CAT5e or 6 cable can also be used with HDMI, which can handle HD video and audio as well as HDBaseT, a connectivity standard for uncompressed high-definition video (HD) transmission. 

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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.

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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Home, Residential, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Home Hi-Tech Infrastructure Facts

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates almost 80% of home builders are now installing structured wiring for entertainment and data. However, some homes need this wiring installed or upgraded. Many electrical services companies are skilled and experienced in this field, so consider them for the hi-tech infrastructure for your home.

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home automation and hubs,electricians
Written by Larry Cook

Connecting All at Your New Smart Home – Part 3

As mentioned in Part 1, convenience and energy efficiency are the chief benefits of using smart devices for your home. Part 2 discussed home automation and hubs you should consider that will make home management effortless. Part 3 will discuss perhaps the top three home smart device categories. Consult with an experienced licensed electrician to obtain the best results.

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home-automation,electricians, Annapolis MD
Written by Larry Cook

Connecting All at Your New Smart Home – Part 1

The transition from the first cell phones to today’s smartphones has been a remarkable revolution. Once only used for calls and texting, our mobile phones are now smart devices connecting us to the Internet, and we can now access websites, send and receive e-mails, exchange instant messages, and download files. These tasks all need connectivity, and this is what makes a smartphone similar to a smart home.

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Residential,Electrician. Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Central Vacuum Cleaner Advantages

A central vacuum cleaner is an appliance installed into a building’s structure as a semi-permanent fixture. It removes dust, debris, and dirt by sending the vacuumed particles through tubes built within walls to a collection container. This container is stored with the power unit in a remote utility space located in the basement, garage, or storage room. Vacuum inlets are installed throughout a building, making every room accessible. Hoses and other cleaning accessories can be attached to these inlets for convenience.

Call a licensed electrician for installing a central vacuum cleaning system in your home or office.

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