Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Testimonial Spotlight: May

With warm weather here to stay, we tend to crank up our ceiling fans and air conditioning systems. It’s important to make sure your home’s electrical system can support these energy-hungry electronics in a safe and secure manner. In order to make sure your home is up to par, call on GEN3 Electric. Like these happy customers, you’ll be glad you did!

“Fantastic Job installing a 200 amp service!!! Highly recommend!!!!!!”

  • Deb M.

“Had a great experience with Brian and Kevin. They were prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, resourceful - both had quiet senses of humor and were pleasant to be with, they did their work swiftly and thoroughly, afterwards stinted no efforts in explaining what we had to know about our new additions. They left no footprint other than the desired; some wonderful new lights, fixtures and a permanent enhancement to our home.”

  • Jared M.

“Great service, fast scheduling, good price, very professional and the work was completed in record speed.”

  • Paul D.

For 3 generations, the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric have been meeting the electrical needs of residents in the Philadelphia Metro area. If you need service, installations or repairs call us at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment - we’re waiting to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Protect Yourself and Your Devices from a Power Surge

Did you know that power strips do not provide surge protection? It’s a common electrical misconception that needs to be straightened out. It’s important to rely on the proper devices for protection so you and your devices can stay out of harm’s way.

What is a Power Surge?
It’s simply what it’s name implies: a sudden and unwanted increase, or surge, in voltage that can damage or destroy any sensitive electronic devices you may have in your home or business.

What Causes Them?
According to The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), “60-80% of surges are created within a facility, such as when large appliances like air conditioners, turn on and off.” However, this is not the only source. Surges can be caused by electric utility companies during power grid switching and lastly, when lightning strikes.

How Can You Protect Yourself?
Point-of-use surge protection devices are your best bet. Keep in mind that they only protect the items that are plugged directly into them. These devices do not suppress electrical surges, but they do divert the surge to ground. When shopping for a surge protector, make sure to look for ones that come equipped with a light or audible alarm to let you know when they need to be replaced.

At GEN3 Electric, we offer a variety of surge protection devices to keep your home safe. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to learn more!

Friday, May 15, 2015

How To Choose The Right Light Bulbs

Have you heard that President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2004 which required all light bulbs to use 30% less energy by 2014? This is the reason you can no longer purchase incandescent bulbs in home improvement stores, but we think it’s for the better! So, which bulb will work best in your home? Find out below:

Incandescent Bulbs
The average price for an incandescent bulb is $1.25, not much if you ask us. The problem with this type of bulb is that it normally won’t even last for a year and can cost upwards of $5 per bulb in annual energy costs. Incandescents produce heat and light in every direction and loses up to 50% of the light before it exits a fixture. It is estimated that in 2015, more efficient options could save consumers up to $6 billion.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Coming in at an average price of $3.50 per bulb, this fills the middle gap between incandescents and LEDs. These bulbs can last up to 9 years and only cost around $1.20 in annual energy costs. They produce 75% less heat than incandescents and can save you around 75% on energy bills. CFLs do contain mercury so proper disposal is required.

Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs
These bulbs may “break the bank” coming in at around $8.00 per bulb. The good news is they will last at least 22 years, so you’ll get your moneys worth. Their average annual energy cost is only $1 and they can save you up to 85% on your energy bills. They contain no hazardous materials and use diodes rather than heat to produce light.

Still not sure which type of bulb is the best choice for your home? Give the expert electricians at GEN3 Electric a call today. We’ll gladly walk you through the pros and cons of each option and provide you with the best possible solution.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The 411 On Outlets

Outlets come in all shapes and sizes. You’ve probably seen a variety in your everyday travels or even in your own home, but why do they look different? In most cases, the different shapes, or the amount of “holes” are there for a reason. Find out about some of the common outlet types and functions below:

Two-Pronged: the two-pronged receptacle is among the most basic types of outlets. They only have two holes and they are designed to provide electricity to plugged in appliances.

Grounded Receptacle: this is your standard three-prong outlet. The third, or ground, prong helps reduce the risk of electrical and protects your devices from damage.

Tamper-Resistant: ever notice a tiny “TR” on an outlet? These come equipped with a built-in system that prevents objects from being inserted into the outlet unless equal pressure from both sides is applied - as is the case with a plug.

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter: you find these outlets located near sources of water. They prevent electrical shock by shutting off quickly if the power flowing into the circuit differs from the power returning.

USB Receptacle: an increase in “smart technology” called for a change in outlets. USB receptacles provide permanent Universal Serial Bus connection sources. So you can plug your smartphone, or any other USB device, charger directly into them.

We want to remind you to always have outlets installed by a licensed electrician. Contact GEN3 Electric today to find out more about outlets and electrical safety - we’re waiting to hear from you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Control Your LED Bulbs With Siri

It was only a matter of time before we could start controlling things via Siri. General Electric (GE) has announced plans that will allow its LED lights to be controlled by Apple’s HomeKit software. What does this mean? That’s right - you’ll be able to control your lights with Siri. As if she wasn’t helpful enough.

With plenty of smart home controls out there, Apple and GE have joined forces to introduce another awesome feature. Not only will you able to turn your lights on and off, the bulbs will allow users to align lighting with their sleep cycles. They’ll produce blue tones in the morning and amber colors at night. Pretty cool, right?

What’s more? You’ll be able to control several LED units at the same time and you’ll also have the option to pair your light bulbs with ans iOS device.

At GEN3 Electric, we’re all about staying current with the times. We’re eager to see the integration rolled out, but if you’re interested in smart lighting controls in the meantime you know who to call!