Licensed Residential Chula Vista Electrician Contractors - How to Put Their Time (and Your Money) To the Best Use
When it comes to the safety of your home electrical system, most Chula Vista home owners turn to a licensed electrician contractor. Professional electricians charge a trip or diagnostic fee to come to your home or office as well as an hourly service fee—even if the job takes less than an hour.
Next time you call an electrical contractor, consider putting their time—and your money—to the best use possible. Ask your electrician to take a look at common smaller tasks that will improve home safety, comfort and convenience. Those may include the following:
Inspect your main electrical service
Have your home’s service inspected, especially in older homes with outdated 60 and 100-amp service, including newer homes where standard 100-150 amp panels may be burdened by the addition of modern household appliances and gadgets.
Upgrade old 2 prong outlets
Upgrade your existing outlets to ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which provide a much higher level of safety and protection by automatically shutting off when a circuit is overloaded.
Install dimmer switches for lighting fixtures
Replace a standard on-off type toggle switch with a dimmer switch. This allows you to save energy and to adjust the level of light for different rooms and needs. Be sure you purchase dimmable fluorescent bulbs to make the most of the adjustable dimming function.
Install under-cabinet lighting
They are relatively easy to install and will brighten your kitchen, home office or living areas. LED lighting is especially popular due to the color and hue options that are available.
Install a programmable thermostat
According to many studies, programmable thermostats can cut energy usage by 15 percent or more by automatically controlling the temperature during peak and off-peak A/C and heating periods.
Install an outlet(s) on the exterior of your home
Exterior outlets eliminates the need for unsafe extension cords and make the use of outdoor lawn care and lighting appliances easier to implement.
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